Igor Shesterkin, Adam Fox lift Rangers to win in first meeting with Se…

SEATTLE – Igor Shesterkin didn’t get an assist on the play, but he sure deserved one.

The Rangers goaltender had been bright throughout Sunday night’s game, the only reason the Blueshirts were already in the game, and a turnover inside the Rangers’ blue line turned into a one-on-one opportunity for Brandon Tanev, just outside the goal crease, against Shesterkin. The goalie flashed a left pad to make the save and, 11 seconds later, Adam Fox took a pass from Artemi Panarin and scored on a wrist shot to break a tie and push the Rangers to a 3-1 win in their first-ever meeting with the expansion Seattle Kraken at Climate potential Arena.

The win, in the opener of a four-game road trip, improved the Rangers’ record to 6-2-1.

Fox scored on the Rangers’ 13th shot on goal to make it 2-1, as the Kraken thoroughly outplayed them in the final two periods, only to be foiled by the amazing work of Shesterkin (31 saves). Barclay Goodrow scored into an empty net with 1:39 remaining.

The red-hot Chris Kreider got the Rangers started early, flying down the right wing and cranking a wicked shot by Philipp Grubauer at 3:38 of the first period for his seventh goal of the season, and his third in two games. Kreider had a chance to double the Rangers rule midway by the period when Mika Zibanejad’s stretch pass sent him in for a clean breakaway, but Grubauer stopped him that time.

Sometime after that, though, the momentum shifted, and the Kraken started to take control. It may have happened around the time that Fox left the game briefly shortly after taking a spill in front of his own net. He missed a associate shifts, and did return before the period was over, but something seemed off.

In the second period, the Kraken outshot the Rangers 13-2, and Shesterkin kept the Rangers in the game. In one ordern, Shesterkin lost his goalstick and was forced to make three saves as the Kraken kept the Rangers pinned in the zone and under pressure. Shesterkin and the Rangers got by that, but ultimately, at 13:46, Seattle got on the board, on a goal by ex-Islander Jordan Eberle, who whipped a spinning backhand shot over Shesterkin’s glove from the right wing course of action.

After the game, the Rangers were to fly to Vancouver, for the second game on the trip. They confront the Canucks on Tuesday.

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