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Should Shesterkin or Georgiev Start Game 5?


fletch

Should Shesterkin or Georgiev start game 5?  

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  1. 1. Should Shesterkin or Georgiev start game 5?

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  • Poll closed on 05/11/2022 at 11:05 PM

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4 minutes ago, fletch said:

Shesterkin was the best NHL goalie this year and is the only goalie who can lead the Rangers back into the series  OR

Shesterkin is off his A game, Georgiev gives us the best chance to win Game 5

Does it matter?

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If GG starts Geo in an elimination game and leaves a Vezina candidate on the bench, he should be fired immediately, regardless of the outcome. You start Geo you better be prepared to ride him for the duration and risk alienating your Vezina caliber goalie. Igor needs to learn how to win, too.

 

Now that said, don't leave Igor in while Pittsburgh builds an insurmountable lead like they did last night. That was a wildly poor decision and frankly GG looked like he didn't know what to do.

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Gallant has to go with Shesterkin.  He's the reason they're in the playoffs and he's their goalie going forward.

Gallant doesn't seem to have in period answers for when things start to go bad.

He waits to in between periods to make his speeches and change goalies.

Call a time out, change goalies during the period, send Reeves out to destroy someone.

Do something.

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Gotta dance with who brung you.  Igor hasn't been as horrible as the numbers make him look, a lot of those goals are due to putrid defense (and to be fair some of the goals are softies he should've gotten).  If he's gonna be our guy going forward then unfortunately he's gonna have to take some lumps along the way, this team will grow together and a shitshow series like this will (hopefully) make them all stronger as a team.  Starting Geo here will only undermine not only Shesty's confidence, but the teams confidence in him, no way can GG let that happen.  

 

At this point the series is over, yeah they might steal a game on Weds but that just sends it back to Pittsburgh on Friday to close it out.  He deserves the right to close out this season.....

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Not even a question, it should and will be Igor. You don’t destroy the kids future confidence because this team came out flat as crepes in Pittsburgh. It’s his first go around; it’s a learning experience alright. But, let him go through it.

 

And next year, for the love of God, stop babying him. Get him a reliable backup, sure, but let him play 60-65 games.

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Shesterkin's body language is not good, he looks like he is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.  IMO, the best result would be a Game 5  5-4 win with Georgiev, and bringing Shesterkin back in game 6.  It would force the Rangers to address their defensive deficiencies without the Shesterkin crutch to bail them out.  It would be a relief to Shesterkin that he doesn't have to carry the weight of the franchise on his shoulders.  I'm not sure how getting pulled in Game 3,4, and potentially 5 helps either the franchise or Shesterkin's development.

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Igor. 

 

Way back when in Hank's first playoff, he was not very good. They opted to play Weekes over Hank in game 3 and that basically sealed the series for the Devils. 

 

His confidence is shook. The only thing you can do is play him and show confidence in him. He's your goalie long after game 5 tomorrow so you let him play and learn, even if learning means losing.

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2 hours ago, fletch said:

Shesterkin's body language is not good, he looks like he is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.  IMO, the best result would be a Game 5  5-4 win with Georgiev, and bringing Shesterkin back in game 6.  It would force the Rangers to address their defensive deficiencies without the Shesterkin crutch to bail them out.  It would be a relief to Shesterkin that he doesn't have to carry the weight of the franchise on his shoulders.  I'm not sure how getting pulled in Game 3,4, and potentially 5 helps either the franchise or Shesterkin's development.

 

Shesterkin is not "developing." He's going to win the Vezina this year. He's signed a big money, long-term contract. He's 26. There's nothing to "develop." Only things to learn, like how to win in the playoffs, which you can't do from the bench.

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29 minutes ago, Phil said:

 

Shesterkin is not "developing." He's going to win the Vezina this year. He's signed a big money, long-term contract. He's 26. There's nothing to "develop." Only things to learn, like how to win in the playoffs, which you can't do from the bench.

The crux of my argument is Georgiev gives us the best chance to win Game 5.  Development was a poor choice of word as it is a secondary consideration.  The goal is to win in the playoffs.  I disagree with the future of the franchise angle that I see in this thread as a reason to start him in Game 5, or his performance over the year overriding what has happened in the past 2 games.  This franchise has to be bigger than one player.

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desperate times.... one could argue that the games were already decided, so Penguins didn't have as much sustained pressure, and there was little pressure on Georgiev.  But he made some undeniably good saves...as well as the soft goal in Game 3

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