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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 02: Igor Shesterkin #31 and Mika Zibanejad #93 of the New York Rangers celebrate their 4-0 shutout against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden on January 02, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Igor Shesterkin was back with a vengeance as he grabbed a shutout of the San Jose Sharks in a huge 3-0 victory for the New York Rangers on the road.

Shesterkin had been sidelined on the COVID protocols list since January 2, and showed no rust at all as he recorded 37-saves in the victory.

“A lot of the credit has to go to Shesterkin,” acting Rangers coach Kris Knoblauch said. “There were a lot of Grade A scoring chances and he came up with some big saves.”

Meanwhile, the Rangers did more than enough on the offensive end to make Shesterkin’s efforts stand up.

Chris Kreider netted his 22nd goal of the season midway through the first period that gave the Blue Shirts a 1-0 lead. They carried that lead deep into the game until Branden Schneider connected on his first career goal to give the Blue Shirts a 2-0 lead early in the third period.

Kerider would add another goal for good measure, his 23rd of the season, to close out the scoring for New York.

At 24-10-4, the Rangers maintain their lead atop the Metropolitan Division, and are only three points behind Tampa Bay for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.