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Shesterkin, Buchnevich injured in car accident

Goalie has rib fracture, will be reassessed in approximately two weeks; forward day to day

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

Igor Shesterkin and Pavel Buchnevich of the New York Rangers were injured in a car accident in New York on Sunday.

Shesterkin sustained a rib fracture that is nondisplaced. The goalie will be reassessed in approximately two weeks.

Buchnevich is sore but did not sustain a significant injury. The forward is day to day.

"Igor was driving (in Brooklyn) and apparently a vehicle pulled a U-turn in front of them and there was a collision," Rangers president John Davidson said. "The airbags were deployed immediately and the seat belts were being worn by both players and thankfully for that, and I mean thankfully for that."

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Rangers players found out about the accident shortly after arriving at their training center in Greenburgh, New York, for practice Monday.

"Your first concern, obviously, is how they feel and everything is under control," goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. "It's scary when you hear something like that."

Goalie Alexandar Georgiev said, "Considering how big of an accident it was, they got away pretty well."

Shesterkin is 9-1-0 with a 2.23 goals-against average and .940 save percentage. The 24-year-old made his NHL debut against the Colorado Avalanche on Jan. 7, making 29 saves in a 5-3 victory. He has won seven consecutive starts.

Buchnevich has 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists) in 61 games this season, his fourth with New York.

"In our business, you're dealt curveballs all the time, and that's a tough curveball that we have to deal with," Davidson said.

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New York general manager Jeff Gorton said the accident didn't impact his decision-making in advance of the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline on Monday.

The Rangers agreed to terms with forward Chris Kreider on a seven-year, $45.5 million contract ($6.5 million average annual value) that will keep him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.

They also traded defenseman Brady Skjei to the Carolina Hurricanes for a first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

"It's an unfortunate incident that happened," Gorton said. "We're thankful that the accident wasn't worse and that these guys are going to be OK rather soon."

Georgiev is expected to start against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, MSG+ 2, MSG, NHL.TV). But Shesterkin's injury means Lundqvist could get some playing time in the coming weeks that he might not have otherwise.

Lundqvist, whose 459 wins are sixth in NHL history, has gone 10 straight games without a start. He has started three of the Rangers' 20 games since they recalled Shesterkin from Hartford of the American Hockey League on Jan. 6.

"Moving forward here, practice, playing, my obligation, my job is to come here and give it my all, and that what I've been trying to do over the last few weeks, just be ready when I get the opportunity to play," said Lundqvist, who has one season remaining on a seven-year contract. "But if I'm not playing, try to be as supportive as possible to the guys that are playing. I think that's what you should do. It's been a very unique situation, obviously, but now whatever happens here down the stretch, you've just got to come here with positive energy and try to help the team in any way you can."

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