Georgiev shines as New York Rangers win against Toronto Maple Leafs
On Sunday night, New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs faced off at the Madison Square Garden. New York ended up taking a 4-1 victory over their Toronto rivals, but it was rookie goaltender Alexander Georgiev who stole the show, having an incredible fifty-five saves in the effort and notching a huge victory on his 23rd birthday.
The Rangers came out speeding down the ice, with center Mika Zibanejad scoring just twenty-two seconds in, but Kasperi Kapanen would later tie the game at one goal apiece. With just over five minutes left in the first, Jimmy Vesey notched his twelfth goal of the season to give the Blueshirts a 2-1 lead after one, with New York going on to win by two more goals thanks to Adam McQuaid and Kevin Hayes.
However, Alexander Georgiev was the real star for the Rangers on Sunday night. The Bulgarian-born goaltender had an impressive fifty-five saves, second-most by a Rangers rookie since Mike Richter in 1991.
"I tried not to concentrate on the birthday wishes. I knew I had an important game in front of me. I’m very happy it ended the way it ended," Georgiev told AP following his stellar outing.
"He played outstanding. He's getting better and better," Coach David Quinn said.
The New York Rangers are now on the road for four games beginning in Winnipeg on Tuesday - which resulted in a tough 4-3 loss - and ending in Carolina early next week.
Head coach David Quinn also made note that the team's penalty kill on Sunday was their best effort all season long, and hopes they will be able to continue that throughout the remainder of the season. As long as the Rangers have Georgiev backing up Henrik Lundqvist, the team will have yet another franchise goaltender in their hands.