Along with announcing a new contract extension for Chris Kreider on Monday, New York Rangers team president John Davidson said teammates Igor Shesterkin and Pavel Buchnevich were involved in a car accident in Brooklyn on Sunday night.
According to Davidson, Shesterkin was driving when a vehicle did a U-turn in front of them resulting in the collision.
Fortunately both players were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
Buchnevich was “quite shaken up” according to Davidson, but will only be out of the lineup on a day-to-day basis.
Shesterkin has a non-displaced rib fracture and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Shesterkin has emerged as the Rangers’ starting goalie in recent weeks and has a 9-1-0 record with a .940 save percentage since his re-call. His performance has been one of the biggest factors in the Rangers’ recent hot streak that has seen them climb back to within striking distance of a playoff spot this season.
The Rangers are currently carrying three goaltenders, while Alexander Georgiev and Henrik Lundqvist will take over the goaltending duties in Shesterkin’s absence.