The seven-week NHL ride is over for Abbotsford goalie Mackenzie Skapski.
Skapski, 20, was first called-up by the Rangers for a game against the Boston Bruins on Feb. 4 after New York’s starting netminder Henrik Lundqvist suffered an injury after being hit in the neck by puck.
Lundqvist returned to the Rangers lineup on Saturday, which meant Skapski was reassigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Skapski appeared in two games with the Rangers this season – both against the Buffalo Sabres and — and he won both starts, including a shutout in his second game. In the two appearances, Skapski had a 0.50 goals against average GAA, a .978 save percentage.
When Skapski earned his first career NHL win in his first career start on Feb. 20 he became the third-youngest Ranger goalie to win in his NHL debut.
After blanking the Sabres 2-0 on March 14, he became the first New York netminder to record his first career NHL shutout in one of his first two NHL starts since Marcel Paille did so during the 1957-58 season.
Skapski, who played for the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay Ice, was selected by the Rangers in the sixth round, 170th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.