NY Rangers' Igor Shesterkin, Pavel Buchnevich Involved in Car Crash in Brooklyn

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2020

New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31), of Russia, defends the goal against Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams (14) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin and right wing Pavel Buchnevich were involved in a car crash Sunday night in Brooklyn.

Rangers president John Davidson announced that both suffered non-life-threatening injuries when a vehicle attempted a U-turn in front of their car, causing a collision. 

Shesterkin, who was driving, suffered a non-displaced rib fracture. Buchnevich was "shaken up" but did not suffer any major injuries and will be listed as day-to-day.

"The estimate right now is that he will be reassessed regarding his injury in a couple of weeks," Davidson told reporters of Shesterkin. "In our business, you're certainly dealt curveballs all the time. That's a tough curveball we have to deal with."

Shesterkin has emerged as the Rangers' top goaltender since his January call-up, posting a 9-1-0 record with a 2.23 goals-against average and .940 save percentage. His ascent led to the benching of Henrik Lundqvist, a Rangers legend who began showing signs of age the last two seasons.

Lundqvist, 37, has made just five appearances in the last two months. It's likely he'll get more playing time with Shesterkin out of the lineup, though Alexandar Georgiev will get the first crack at being the Rangers' primary starter.

Buchnevich has 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists) in his first 61 appearances this season. He's six points away from matching his career-best mark set in 2017-18. 

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