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MSG turns out to be a house of horrors for SJ
Rangers snap Sharks winning streak in a big way
10/31/11 - By Mike Lee -

The perfect six-game road trip was not to be on Monday night, after the New York Rangers denied San Jose in a 5-2 reality-check at Madison Square Garden. Inspired by an ugly loss two days earlier, the Rangers converted on their chances after blowing a 2-goal lead on Monday night. They regained the lead with an offensive outburst late in the 2nd period and wouldn't relinquish it.

A 5-1 roadtrip is something the sharks would have been more than happy with after their slow start this season, but Monday night's performance just wasn't good enough. Sharks head coach Todd McLellan warned of his team playing "fat & happy", but that's what his team gave him early in the contest.

Ryan McDonagh gave the Rangers the early 1-0 lead 4:46 into the contest, rifling a Ryan Callahan feed from the left point past Antti Niemi. McDonagh used two Sharks defenders to partially screen Niemi, who never saw the shot. McDonagh pulled his shot across the goal mouth, catching the upper right corner for his 3d goal of the season.

A pick by Martin Havlat earned the Sharks forward a trip to the box for interference at 13:25. New York capitalized on the power play chance after Brent Burns tried to step up and intercept Brandon Dubinsky in the neutral zone. Burns missed and Dubinsky was off to the races. The Rangers forward raved up the left wing before whipping a pass to Patrick Stefan through the crease for the easy tap in.

The period was not a total waste however. Joe Pavelski scored his tea leading 8th goal of the season with 2:10 left in the period. Douglas Murray beat Rangers goaltender Martin Biron, but his shot caught iron. The deflection bounced out into the crease where Pavelski was lurking for the put-back.

San Jose had a great chance to score right before the 1st intermission when Joe Thornton dropped a puck to Pavelski for a one-time chance that just missed catching net.

The Sharks look poised to mount another comeback against the Rangers midway through the 2nd period, when Logan Couture bagged his 4th goal of the season. San Jose caught the Rangers on a change, allowing the Sharks to gain the numbers advantage over New York. Pavaleski had the puck in the high slot, but setup a one-time chance for Couture.

The momentum appeared to be shifting in San Jose's favor, but a delay of game penalty by Colin White completely changed the complexion of the game.

New York scored right after White stepped back on the ice for the even-strength tally that was really on the man-advantage. Eric Christensen found Callahan with a long pass from the right corner, through the slot for the one-time chance from the Sharks doorstep. Douglas Murray was position in front of the left post, but the pass floated through the slot to Callahan on the left side for th eacy redirect.

Artem Anisimov lifted a backhand shot on a rush up the right side less than three minutes later gave the Rangers the two-goal lead. Artisimov took a centering feed from Christensen on the right side, before surprising Niemi with his stick work.

Callahan put the dagger through the Sharks heart with 48 seconds to play in the period. Brad Richards sent a shot on goal from the right wing boards that Niemi stopped, but the rebound trickled out to the left side of the net. Callahan beat Andrew Murray to the puck from behind the Sharks net and swept it into the wide open net as Niemi flailed at it with this right skate.

All the momentum the Sharks established by tying the game was erased in a matter of 8 minutes.

The Rangers blew a three-goal lead to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night, but there would be no such drama in the 3rd period on Monday night. Both teams traded shots, and a high sticking penalty to Dan Boyle essentially killed of any such notion. Even a pair of power play chances weren't enough to light a comeback fire.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 0 2
NYR 2 3 0 5
1st period - 1, NYR, McDonagh 3 (Callahan, Girardi), 4:46. 2, NYR, Stepan 1 (Dubinsky, Girard), 14:53, (pp). 3, SJ, Pavelski, SJ 8 (D. Murray, Thornton), 17:50.
2nd period - 4, SJ, Couture 4 (Pavelski, Vlasic), 11:03. 5, NYR, Callahan 4 (Christensen, Dubinsky), 14:00. 6, NYR, Anisimov 1 (Christensen, Woywitka), 16:42. 7, NYR, Callahan 5 (Richards), 19:12.
3rd period - None.
1st period - Clowe, SJ (fighting major), 0:07; Prust, NYR (fighting major), 0:07; Bench, SJ (too many men), 2:17; Havlat, SJ (interference), 13:25.
2nd period - White, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 12:00; Boyle, NYR (high sticking), 19:56.
3rd period - Boyle, SJ (high sticking), 4:29; Fedotenko, NYR (tripping), 7:38; DelZotto, NYR (tripping), 13:44; Pavleski, SJ (holding), 18:52.
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 31 26
NYR - Biron 26 24
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 9 10 7 26
NYR 8 16 7 31
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 3
NYR 1 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Ryan Callahan
Brandon Dubinsky
Dan Girardi
Referees: Hasenfratz, Kimmerly. Linesmen: Brisebois, Murray.
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