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Igor Shesterkin shuts out Flames as Rangers push win streak to five

Igor Shesterkin stopped 30 shots for his first shutout of the season and the Rangers beat the Calgary Flames 2-0 on Monday night for their fifth straight win.

Will Quill and Jimmy Vesey scored for the Rangers, who are 6-1-1 in their last eight games. Shesterkin earned his 12th career shutout and his second consecutive win, improving his season record to 21-12-1.

Jacob Markstrom finished with 29 saves and the Flames snapped a four-game winning streak.

After a scoreless first period and a number of spectacular saves by Markstrom, Quill finally broke through with 7:29 left in the second period, sending the puck spilling past the goalie in his crease. I let it slide in and scored the 9th goal.

Vesey hit an empty-netter with 19 seconds left in the third to score his 12th and seal the victory.

Players compete during the second period of an NHL hockey game between the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames on Monday. AP
Igor Shesterkin made a save in Monday’s game between the Rangers and Flames. Robert Szabo of the New York Post

Shesterkin’s best save late in the game came three minutes into the third period when he brushed away a high shot from Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson.

The Rangers went 0-for-3 on the power play, extending their slump to 0-for-17 over the past seven games.

Markstrom stopped Rangers forwards Vincent Trocheck and Blake Wheeler from getting close late in the first, then stopped Wheeler again five minutes into the second.

Rangers #50 Will Quill celebrates with his teammates after scoring in the second period of Monday’s game against the Flames. Robert Szabo of the New York Post

The Swedish goalie made a pad stop on Brodzinski just before Quill’s goal 12 minutes into the second half, and with 3:50 left in the half, he blocked a shot from Alexis Lafreniere to keep the deficit to one point.

Lafreniere almost scored on the short side from Markstrom early in the third, but the puck bounced off the post.

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