Most saves in an NHL playoff game: Where Igor Shesterkin ranks after his 79 saves in Game 1

Most saves in an NHL playoff game: Where Igor Shesterkin ranks after his 79 saves in Game 1

Igor Shesterkin is the best goaltender in the NHL right now. If you didn’t know that already, you certainly do after his historic performance in Game 1 of the Rangers-Penguins series. 

The New York goaltender did everything he could to get the Rangers the win, making 79 saves in the 4-3 triple overtime loss to Pittsburgh. Evgeni Malkin finally tipped a shot past Shesterkin 5:58 into the third overtime to send the Penguins home with the victory and 1-0 series lead. 

It was a duel between Shesterkin and the combination of Casey DeSmith and Louis Domingue. DeSmith left midway through the second overtime period with cramps, forcing Domingue into the game. He made 17 saves in just over 16 minutes of ice time. 

Despite the losing effort, Shesterkin etched himself into NHL playoff history. His 79 stops are the second-most saves in an NHL playoff game in history. 

It might be only one game so far, but Shesterkin showed that his stellar play this season is not just limited to the regular season. The Rangers will continue to rely on the Vezina favorite as they hope to grab their first playoff series win since 2017. 

MORE: Ranking the top 5 goaltenders in the 2022 NHL playoffs

Most saves in a NHL playoff game

People likely remember the Lightning-Blue Jackets Game 1 contest in 2020 that took five overtimes to finish. Not only was it one of the longest games in NHL playoff history, but Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo set a record for most saves in a NHL playoff game with 85. He let in just three goals in 88 shots, but that third goal was Brayden Point’s winner in the fifth overtime. 

Shesterkin comes in after him with his 79-save performance and then it is Kelly Hrudey of the Islanders, who made 73 saves in a 3-2 win for New York over Washington in 1987. 

Of the 11-best save totals in playoff history, the goalies are just 6-5 in those games.

Joonas KorpisaloColumbus Blue JacketsAugust 11, 2020Lightning 3, Blue Jackets 285
Igor ShesterkinNew York RangersMay 3, 2022Penguins 4, Rangers 379
Kelly HrudeyNew York IslandersApril 18, 1987Islanders 3, Capitals 273
Ed BelfourToronto Maple LeafsApril 16, 2003Flyers 3, Maple Leafs 272
Roberto LuongoVancouver CanucksApril 11, 2007Canucks 5, Stars 472
Dominik HasekBuffalo SabresApril 27, 1994Sabres 1, Devils 070
Mikhail ShtalenkovAnaheim DucksMay 8, 1997Red Wings 3, Ducks 270
Ron TugnuttPittsburgh PenguinsMay 4, 2000Flyers 2, Penguins 170
Jean-Sebastien GiguereAnaheim DucksApril 10, 2003Ducks 2, Red Wings 163
Bernie ParentPhiladelphia FlyersMay 16, 1968Flyers 2, Blues 163
Patrick RoyColorado AvalancheJune 10, 1996Avalanche 1, Panthers 063