VANCOUVER, British Columbia — A day later, Alex Georgiev was still feeling some lingering effects of getting hit in the helmet by his own teammate’s stick in the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss Monday against the Oilers.
As he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Oilers’ second goal in the first period, the Rangers’ backup goalie was first clipped in the head by Wholesale jerseys
the stick of Zack Kassian. Then he endured a harder strike from Fredrik Claesson’s stick, also to the helmet, which sent him falling to the ice as Matt Benning’s slap shot found the back of the net.
What was more certain, in coach David Quinn’s eyes, was the progress the 23-year-old Georgiev continued to show. He gave up two first-period goals but made some big saves until finally allowing the deciding goal in overtime.
“It just really solidifies what we know about him,” Quinn said after the loss. “We know that he’s a guy that competes. He’s technically sound. We have a lot of faith and confidence in him. It just validates what we think about him.”
Georgiev and Henrik Lundqvist have mostly split the playing time during the final stretch of the season after Lundqvist carried the load in the first half. Georgiev has taken well to the increase in starts, going 4-3-3 with a .925 save percentage and 2.50 goals against average in his last 10 games since the All-Star break.
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“He’s certainly solidified himself as an NHL goalie over the last six or seven weeks,” Quinn said. “Obviously his workload has increased throughout the second half of the season and he’s embraced it, he’s thrived on it and he’s been a better goalie because of it.”