Rookie goalie Igor Shesterkin was the starting goalie for the New York Rangers when they faced potential elimination from the Stanley Cup Qualifiers on Tuesday, but he couldn’t stop it…
The Rangers fell 4-1 at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes, who swept the best of five qualifying series in just three games, moving on to the first official round of the postseason where they await their rivals. The Rangers are the first team to get eliminated: they’ll have 12.5% odds of winning the No. 1 draft pick in Monday’s lottery.
The result was already brutal enough but it didn’t stop the Hurricanes from kicking the Blue Shirts when they are already down on Thursday.
As the two other possible games between the teams have been cancelled following New York’s elimination, the Hurricanes posted the cancellation announcement with the comment: bummer.
The pill has already been hard to swallow for all Rangers fans, especially now that everyone is wondering if veteran netminder and fan favourite Henrik Lundqvist will return with the club or call it a career.
Lundqvist was the starting net minder for the first two games of the series, losing the first two games (3-2 and 4-1) of the series, with Shesterkin deemed unfit to play.
The King’s 129th consecutive postseason start has come to an end, and team insider Larry Brooks of the New York Post believes his time with the Rangers has as well.
This is what Brooks wrote prior to the Rangers’ announcement on Tuesday:
“And unless something unforeseen develops — and that is the norm for 2020, is it not? — the King’s 129th consecutive postseason start probably will mark his last start , if not appearance, in the uniform of the team he had once carried for more than a decade.”
Some people believe this might have been the last time we have seen The King in a Rangers’ uniform… Only time will tell. In the meantime, this post by the Canes is a brutal one.