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This day in Sports, April 28th, by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

04/28/05 L.A. Angels of Anahiem Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium : Yankees #55 Hideki Matsui flies out in the first inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/28/06 – toronto blue jays Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium yanks losing 5-2/ #51 williams hits into inning ending double play Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/28/07 Boston Red Sox Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium Neil Miller: Yankees pitcher Kei Igawa delivers in the first inning. Igawa replaced starting pitcher Jeff Karstens after Karstens was hurt in the first inning. Neil Miller The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/28/09 new york rangers vs washington capitals @ verizon center washington dc game #7 rangers are defeated 2-1 and are out of he playoffs ranger #30 lundqvist shakes hands with #8 ovechkin at the end of he game tonite Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/28/12 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semi finals game #1 Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers at msg : Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine #4 checks New York Rangers left wing Mike Rupp #71 into Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby #70 causing New York Rangers left wing Mike Rupp #71 to get a call for goaltender interference during the first period. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/28/13 toronto blue jays vs New York Yankees at yankee stadium New York Yankees win 3-2 on this 2 run homer by New York Yankees first baseman Lyle Overbay #55 in the 7th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
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This day in Sports, April 15Th, by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/The NYExtra.com

florida vs mets mets lead 2-0 after the 1st inning/ #48 Aaron Heilman starts for the Mets tonight Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com/copyright 2020
04/15/06 penquins vs islanders//uniondale ny/islanders win 5-4 in the shoot out/ #28 wyatt smith put a shot on # 31 caron as #87 crosby tries to stop him neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/15/06 – Milwaukee Brewers Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium / Mets willie randolp and rachel robinson at pre game today Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/15/09 carolina hurricanes vs new jersey devils eastern conference quarter finals devils win 4-1 #30 Marty Brodeur makes a stop in tonights game Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/15/11 ny rangers vs washington capitals verizon center washington dc eastern conference quarterfinal #19 ruslan fedotenko gets a high sticking penalty in the 2nd period leading to a cap goal Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

Three Goalies? Mike Richter Has Been There, Done That

Mike Richter,Rangers great, skates during an intermission of the Yale/Harvard hockey game at Madison Square Gardens,NYC,NY 01/11/20 .Photo by Neil Miller /The New York Extra

ROBBINS NEST

By Lenn Robbins

Rangers great, Mike Richter talks to Lenn Robbins of The New York Extra at the Yale /Harvard hockey game 1/11/20 at Madison Square Gardens NYC,NY. Photo by Neil Miller /The New York Extra

There might not be a person on the planet who has a better sense of what’s going on with the Rangers’ three-headed goaltending situation then Mike Richter.

Richter, the star goaltender on the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion Rangers’ team, was back in The Garden Saturday night where he served as the ambassador for the Harvard-Yale Rivalry on Ice.

It is that same ice that three Rangers’ goalies – future Hall of Famer Henrik Lundqvist, his once-presumed replacement, Alexandar Georgiev and rookie sensation, Igor Shesterkin – have to share.

In the world of goaltending, where three’s a crowd, Richter knows something’s gotta give.

Rangers great, Mike Richter talks to Lenn Robbins/The New York Extra at the Yale /Harvard hockey game at Madison Square Gardens,NYC,NY/ Photo by Neil Miller /The New York Extra

“I think this is the sign of a great organization, right,’’ Richter told TheNYExtra.com. “They’re drafting well and they’re developing very well. And so, they are blessed with three world class goalies.

  “Does that mean that somebody’s going to have to be moved? Eventually, yeah. And when I say move, when I came here there was Bob Froese, John Vanbiesbrouck and myself and you’d rather have strength at the position.

 “The nature of it is injuries, people getting older you always have to have the ability to create new, great players from within the organization. You can’t always pick them. So yeah, I think that’s a real indication that they’re doing something well. These are hard guys to get.”

Since 2005, Lundqvist has given the Rangers amazing stability at the most important position on hockey. He made his first start when Kevin Weekes was injured.

Cam Talbot seemed on track toward replacing The King, after he got injured. The Rangers traded Talbot to Edmonton for three picks in the 2015 draft.

Georgiev came on the scene in 2017 and by the end of last season had tongues wagging that the Lundqvist Era was nearing its end. Enter Igor.

It’s been more than five years since the Rangers took Shesterkin in the fourth round of the 2014 entry draft. If he’s returned to the Hartford Wolf Pack he has the option of returning to play in Russia, or elsewhere.

After a shaky start against the Colorado Avalanche, a 5-3 Rangers win, Shesterkin settled down. He’s 2-0 with a 3.01 GAA and .926 save percentage.

So as Richter said, eventually someone is going to have to be moved.

“Well, you never know where everybody’s going to end up,” said Richter. “I was in that position. I was in the lucky position of the new guy coming in. It’s harder on the older guys, when the young guy comes up, if you’re already established.

“I think time will tell because nowadays its almost impossible to answer in less you have all the information on the table. There’s salary caps, there’s no-trade clauses, there’s the ability of Shesterkin to go back. All of these things factor in.

“One thing you don’t want is to be left with nothing. If I’ve got wealth in this position, how do I parlay that into strength for my organization? But you’re never in that position unless you’re doing two things – drafting well and developing players within your organization.”

#13 Nathan Krusko from Havard , is checked into the boards by #10 Chandler Lindstrand from Yale, at the Yale/Harvard hockey game at Madison Square Gardens NYC,NY 01/11/20 Photo by Neil Miller /The New York Extra
#33 Corbin Kaczperski ,Yale, looks behind him after being beaten for a goal by #18 Jack Drury, Harvard in the 1st period of the Yale/Harvard hockey game at Madiosn Square Gardens NYC,NY 01/11/20. Photo by Neil Miller /The New York Extra

NOTES: Richter, a Yale alum, is a strong supporter of finding ways to reverse global warming. He skated with Last Game in between the first and second periods of Harvard’s 7-0 win over Yale.

Founded by former New Jersey Devils great, Slava Festisov, Last Game is a series of hockey games that strives to bring awareness to the devastating effect of climate change. Last Game is trying to schedule a final game in the North Pole.

“We have a lot of really smart people in this country that working together, can find solutions,’’ Richter said. “This is something we should have been addressing 20 years ago. It’s not a political issue. This affects all of us.”