Adam Huska didn’t get much help from Rangers’ defense in NHL debut

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Goalkeeper Adam Huska’s NHL debut Wednesday night in a 7-3 loss to the Avalanche probably didn’t go as he had imagined.

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It was a tough situation for Lyubka, who was called up from AHL Hartford last weekend so that starter Igor Shesterkin could serve as Alexander Georgiev’s backup after landing on injured reserve with an undisclosed lower body injury. After heading to Chicago to sit on the bench in Tuesday’s 6-2 win over the Rangers, Huska and the rest of the team didn’t get home until 3 a.m.

Huska then faced one of the highest-scoring NHL teams in the Avalanche, which eventually lit them up for six goals—which the Rangers have tied for the most goals scored this season.


“He was great at first,” Gallant said of Huska, who finished with 32 saves. “I think they had [19] Shot and he made some important saves. But we lost as a team, for sure.”

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The decision to accompany Huska over Georgiev was made keeping in mind the Rangers’ busy schedule. With Shesterkin unavailable, the Rangers are wary of possibly burning Georgiev out too early. And after Georgiev started the last two, apparently the Rangers wanted to give him the night off.

Adam Huska scored a goal for Nathan McKinnon during the Rangers’ 7-3 loss by an avalanche.
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“Tough conditions to come back-to-back with the trip,” said defense’s Jacob Trouba. “He made some good saves. We definitely left him to dry out a bit and give him a couple of quality scoring chances. But his future is bright, you can say he is a good goalkeeper, he did it well is handled.”

Nils Lundqvist wristed the puck top-shelf in the first period at 18:15 for a power-play goal to give Rangers a 2-1 lead. It was the rookie defenseman’s first NHL goal and he celebrated as such, kneeling to celebrate with a fist pump before falling out of pure excitement.

The power-play goal marked the Rangers’ fifth-straight game with a man-advantage tally and improved the team to 18-for-75 over the season, good for the ninth-best rate in the NHL.

The team announced that Blackhawks winger Juzhar Khaira, who was knocked out cold by the Trouba and snowed on a stretcher in Tuesday’s matchup in Chicago, was released from Northwestern Hospital “after extensive testing” on Wednesday morning. Given.

“Despite the serious injury, his prognosis is very good, and we expect to make a full recovery,” Michael Terry, the Blackhawks team’s lead physician, said in a statement. “At this point, it is too early to put a timeline on return to play.”

Trouba said that he and Khaira later exchanged text messages, and Khaira informed him that he was doing fine. The Rangers defenseman admitted that it was an unfortunate situation and hoped that Khaira would recover soon.

“It’s a fast-paced game,” Trouba said. “It’s easy to slow down and let your mind think when it’s half-speed, but you’re in the middle of the game and I don’t think it was malicious. I don’t think I jumped. I’m on my feet.” Raha, grabbed his shoulder and tried to put it in his chest.


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