New York Rangers rookie Alexandar Georgiev has taken a road to the NHL that no one else has ever ventured down. The 22 year old goaltender is the first Bulgarian player to ever play in the NHL and after last night, he also has his first NHL shutout. Georgiev and the Rangers shut out the riva New York Islanders in a dominating 5-0 performance last night.
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For Georgiev, his family is everything. When he was young his parents moved from their native Bulgaria to Russia just so that the young net minder would receive better opportunities in the sport. Last night, they got to see all their sacrifice pay off, as Georgiev’s parents were in the crown to witness their son’s first career shutout.
"They did everything they could to help me along the way, so I'm very thankful for them," the 22-year-old Georgiev said. "It's a special moment that they were here to see my first shutout."
Last night not discounted, the family’s move is paying off in spades as Georgiev has established himself as a reliable starter behind Rangers legend Henrik Lundqvist so far this season. In six starts this season, Georgiecv has four wins and a respectable .911 save percentage. Here’s hoping he can stick with the club the rest of the season and develop into a solid net minder for the future behind Lundqvist.