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Adam Huska didn’t get much help from the Rangers defense on his debut

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

It was an intimidating situation for Huska, who was called up from AHL Hartford last weekend to serve as a substitute for Alexandar Georgiev following starter Igor Shesterkin’s landing in the injured reserve with an injury to the bottom. of the body undisclosed. After traveling to Chicago to sit on the bench in the 6-2 Rangers win on Tuesday, Huska and the rest of the squad didn’t get home until 3 a.m.

Huska went on to face one of the Avalanche’s most successful NHL teams, which ultimately lit him for six goals, which is the Rangers’ most goals conceded this season.

“He was great in the first one,” Gallant said of Huska, who finished with 32 saves. “I think they had [19] shots and he made some really key saves. But we lost as a team, definitely.

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The decision to go with Huska over Georgiev was made with Rangers’ busy schedule in mind. With Shesterkin unavailable, the Rangers are likely worried about burning Georgiev too quickly. And after Georgiev started the previous two, the Rangers obviously wanted to give him time off.

Adam Huska cedes a goal to Nathan MacKinnon in Rangers’ 7-3 loss to the Avalanche.
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“A difficult situation to face immediately after the trips,” said defender Jacob Trouba. “He made some good saves. We definitely let it dry out a bit and gave up a few chances to score too much quality. But he has a bright future, we can say that he is a good goalkeeper, he managed it well.

Nils Lundkvist put the puck on his wrist at 6:15 p.m. of the first period for a power play goal that gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead. It was the rookie defenseman’s first goal in the NHL and he celebrated it as such, kneeling down to celebrate with a fist pump before falling for pure joy.

The power play goal marked the Rangers’ fifth straight game with overall male advantage and improved the team to 18 for 75 this season, which is good for the ninth best rate in the NHL.

Blackhawks winger Jujhar Khaira, who was cold knocked out by Trouba and had to be removed from the ice on a stretcher during Tuesday’s game in Chicago, was released from Northwestern Hospital early Wednesday morning “after testing in-depth, ”the team announced.

“Despite the significant injury, his prognosis is excellent and we expect a full recovery,” Blackhawks chief medical officer Michael Terry said in a statement. “At this point, it is too early to establish a return to play schedule.”

Trouba said he and Khaira had texted afterwards, and Khaira informed him that he was fine. The Rangers defenseman admitted that this was an unfortunate situation and that he hopes Khaira will recover quickly.

“It’s a fast paced game,” Trouba said. “It’s easy to slow down and let your brain think when it’s going at half speed, but you’re in the middle of the game and I don’t think it’s malicious. I don’t think I jumped. I stayed standing, tried to curl my shoulder over and put it in their chest.

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