New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox opened up about the team’s disappointing performance in their seven-game playoff series against the New Jersey Devils, particularly regarding how they let down their star goaltender, Igor Shesterkin. Shesterkin put up impressive numbers throughout the series, with a 1.96 GAA and a .931 SV%, but the Rangers’ offense struggled to provide sufficient goal support, scoring only two goals in Games 3, 4, 5, and 7.
Shesterkin’s playoff performance was even better than his 2023 regular season numbers and his career playoff stats, demonstrating his consistent effort and skill in net. However, despite his outstanding play, the Rangers ultimately fell to the Devils in the first round.
Adam Fox expressed his disappointment in the team’s inability to support Shesterkin, stating, “I feel bad for Igor. He battled all series for us, feel bad to not be able to get some goal support for him. Credit to their goalie played too, he played well, but obviously feel bad for our goalie the way he battled. I kind of feel like we let him down.”
The Rangers assembled a roster full of superstars but failed to capitalize on their talent in the playoffs. Shesterkin’s frustrations with the team’s performance must be growing, as he consistently delivers exceptional performances with little to show for it. Rangers coach Gallant also slammed the players, saying there wasn’t enough effort despite the team having tons of talent. The Rangers brought in heavy hitters like Patrick Kane and Vladimir Tarasenko during the season, adding to an already talented lineup that included Artemi Panarin and Jacob Trouba. However, these players were unable to deliver when it mattered most, leaving Shesterkin to carry much of the burden.