6:07PM: Vigneault spoke about Georgiev after practice on Tuesday and said, "he has played well, like I mentioned before the game, he is a battler. I like his positioning in goal and rebound control, he will play tomorrow. He has won his last two games but at the end of the day, for us right now, it's about if we have a potential backup for Hank. Young player, we will see what he can do against a real good team tomorrow."
Will he play more the rest of the year, "there is no doubt that moving forward he will get some games. He has won his last two starts and we need to find out about this young goaltender who seems to have some good upside. We will give him a chance tomorrow against the Stanley Cup Champs. He seems mentally ready for it. We will put him in and see what he can do."
1:09PM: Alain Vigneault announced that Alexandar Georgiev will start tomorrow against the Penguins. (NYR)
From the Rangers game notes last night on Georgiev:
- Made 41 saves, and stopped 17 of 18 shots he faced in the second period, to earn his second career NHL win.
- Georgiev is the first Rangers rookie goaltender who has made at least 40 saves in a game since Dan Blackburn made 43 saves on Apr. 13, 2002 at Philadelphia.
- Georgiev has made at least 30 saves in each of his four career NHL starts, and he has posted a .930 SV% in five career NHL appearances (160 saves on 172 shots).
After the game last night, Georgiev said "I try to keep the same emotions and preparation. I would say I feel a bit more confident, but really much the same guy, same goalie, just playing my game." (NYR Game Notes)
Vigneault said after the game last night of Georgiev, "he's played well for us, he has done what you want your goalie to do, give yourself a chance to win, give your team a chance to win, that is what Alex is doing and what we need from our goaltending because on a lot of nights that is the difference in this league."
Brady Skjei said, after Monday's win, of Georgiev, "I think it's his confidence. He looks very confident back there and calm. It just looks like he's making the right plays and cutting off the angles. We feel really comfortable back there when he's in the net. He's done a great job for us stepping in." (NYR Game Notes)