Rangers’ Igor Shesterkin pulled the Penguins home again

This was an unthinkable scenario when New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin finished the regular season with a . 935 save percentage, making him the clear leader for the Vezina Trophy.

Shesterkin, who was named a finalist on Tuesday, carried that momentum into the playoffs while stopping 118 of the 124 shots he faced in his first two games with a .952 percentage. But since arriving in Pittsburgh, the 26-year-old has taken a nose dive. In Games 3 and 4 combined, he allowed 10 goals on 48 shots for an ugly save percentage of . 792 with the Rangers trailing in the series 3-1.

Penguins fans were unsympathetic, raining down chants of “We want Igor!” after he was snapped to start the third period.

“Maybe it’s really frustrating,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said after the 7-2 loss on Tuesday.

But while Shesterkin was the primary target of the harassment, he was not the only perpetrator. The second period saw one collapse after another, resulting in goals from Mike Matheson, Jake Guentzel, Mark Friedman, Danton Heinen and Jeff Carter.

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“He’s just one of us,” said Rangers forward Andrew Cobb. “We didn’t play well against him. It wasn’t like that at all. It will be up to every player in the room to work together.”

The Penguins’ goals came in all different varieties — long wrist shots, long-range strikes, a five-hole head scratch — with the Rangers giving up 16 shots on goal and 12 high-risk scoring opportunities in just the second half, according to Natural Stat Trick.

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