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NHL - US Sports: Shesterkin instils confidence for Rangers

Chris Kreider believes netminder Igor Shesterkin instils confidence for the New York Rangers that they can turnaround their Eastern Conference series against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Rangers, 22/1 to win the Stanley Cup and 13/5 to win from behind in their series with the Hurricanes, had a goal from Kreider and 43 saves from Shesterkin contributing to a 3-1 Game 3 win on Sunday.

Impressive shot-stopping

Shesterkin faced some questions about his form in New York's First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins after he was pulled from back-to-back games.

However, at 3-1 down, he won the final three games of the series making a combined 99 saves on 105 shots to quash any doubts about his post-season prowess.

Against the Hurricanes, Shesterkin has stopped 87 of 91 shots seeing his save-percentage rise to .921 and goals-against-average (GAA) lower to 2.95.

Shesterkin is a finalist for both the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player and the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goalie after posting a sensational .935 save-percentage and 2.07 GAA over 53 regular season games.

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'Making hard saves look easy'

The 26-year-old's form helped New York claim second place in the Metropolitan Division (52-24-6), six points behind winners Carolina.

31-year-old Kreider also played a large role scoring 52 goals, 25 assists for 77 points in 81 games. His goal-scoring form has continued into the playoffs bagging six goals, two assists in 10 games.

Kredier said to the media about Shesterkin: "It's something we've talked a lot about, how much confidence he instils in us, especially when he's making hard saves look easy."

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