New York Rangers training camp: Igor Shesterkin avoids injury

TARRYTOWN – The entire MSG training center became silent, which made Igor Shesterkin’s angry blow from his stick at the boards even more raucous.

For a moment, fear engulfed the first brawl at the New York Rangers training camp. The last thing they need in this early turn is an injury to their most important player, who came in favor of his right leg after colliding with striker Johnny Brodzinski and defender Jared Tenordi on Thursday. But after a brief display of frustration and pauses in play, the Visina Cup winner netted back and carried on.

Crisis averted.

“I knew he was fine,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “Obviously you get a little anxious and say, ‘I hope he’s OK.’ But you know right away. I got scared when Chris Kreider fell on the board in the first shift at the other end, but that’s hockey. This is training camp. Have a good boot camp, work hard, and hope you stay healthy.”

Aside from one incident that happily turned out to be minor, her first day was smooth on the Blueshirts on the ice.

The 66 players in camp were divided into three groups, with two squabbling in the morning while the third trained in the afternoon. They were able to get straight into hockey activities because all participants reported early enough to complete the standard on-ice test before Thursday.

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