Igor Shesterkin’s 13th career shutout in 200th NHL game as Rangers down Blues

Author: ALLAN KREDA

Igor Shesterkin made 26 saves with his 13th career shutout in his 200th NHL game, Vincent Trocheck and Jimmy Vesey scored first-period goals and New York Guardians St. Louis Blues 4-0 on Saturday night.

Chris Kreider and Kaapo Kakko also scored for the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers, who improved to 13-3-2 in their last 18 games. Artemi Panarin and Adam Fox had two assists each.

It was the second shutout of the season for Shesterkin, who played his first game for the Rangers in January 2020. He improved to 27-13-2 this season while helping the Rangers improve to 22-8-0 at home. They have won nine of their last 10 at Madison Square Garden.

The sinking Blues lost their third straight after falling 4-2 to the Islanders on Tuesday and 4-1 to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. St. Louis is 3-7-1 in its last 11.

Trocheck opened the scoring on the power play at 5:51 of the first and got his 23rd goal of the season in his 700th career game.

Vesey made it 2-0 when he beat Jordan Binnington at 19:37 of the opening period

Rangers rookie – and fan favorite – Matt Rempe appeared to score his first goal at home at 7:39 of the second, but officials ruled the rolling puck did not quite cross the goal line.

Kreider made it 3-0 with his 32nd goal of the season at 6:23 of the third on a power play goal. Panarin, who shared an assist with Fox, has 19 points in his last 10 games and leads the Rangers with 87 points, including 35 goals.

Kakko completed the score on the power play at 11:23 of the third period.

Shesterkin robbed Brandon Saad of St. Louis at 15:22 of the first on a tip-in attempt. He stopped on Kasperi Kapanen midway through the second period and on Blues leading scorer Robert Thomas in the first minute of the third period.

Wennberg and Jack Roslovic made their Rangers debuts.

The 29-year-old Wennberg, who scored nine goals and 16 assists in 60 games for Seattle, centered Will Cuylle on the left wing and Kakko on the right. Roslovic, 27, had six goals and 17 assists in 40 games with Columbus. He skated on the right wing with center Mika Zibanejad and left wing Kreider.

Linebacker Chad Ruhwedel, who arrived in a trade with Pittsburgh on Friday, participated in preseason warmups but was scratched when linebacker Zac Jones played for the first time since February. 5.

The Blues won the previous meeting this season 5-2 in January. 11 in St. Louis.

NEXT UP

Rangers: Host the New Jersey Devils on Monday.

Blues: Visit the Boston Bruins on Monday.

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