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Five years after freak accident, a rookie goalie cherishes his shot with Rangers

Mackenzie Skapski’s early success in relief of the injured Henrik Lundqvist is all the more amazing given the obstacles he’s overcome along the way

Mackenzie Skapski was standing outside the visitor’s locker room at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center getting ready for a post-game interview with MSG, the New York Rangers’ regional cable network.

He had just blanked the Buffalo Sabres in a 2-0 victory, and at 20 years old become one of the youngest goaltenders in team history to record a shutout. Interviewer John Giannone didn’t get halfway through his first question before Rangers forward Chris Kreider snuck up behind Skapski and shoved a towel full of shaving cream in his face.

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Five years after freak accident, a rookie goalie cherishes his shot with Rangers

Mackenzie Skapski’s early success in relief of the injured Henrik Lundqvist is all the more amazing given the obstacles he’s overcome along the way

Mackenzie Skapski was standing outside the visitor’s locker room at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center getting ready for a post-game interview with MSG, the New York Rangers’ regional cable network.

He had just blanked the Buffalo Sabres in a 2-0 victory, and at 20 years old become one of the youngest goaltenders in team history to record a shutout. Interviewer John Giannone didn’t get halfway through his first question before Rangers forward Chris Kreider snuck up behind Skapski and shoved a towel full of shaving cream in his face.

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