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Resilient Sharks battle back to beat Rangers
SJ overcomes 3rd period deficit to win in OT
3/28/17 - By Mike Lee -

So the Sharks do remember how to win. The spiraling stopped for one night, allowing the team to clinch a playoff birth, by beating the New York Rangers in a wild 5-4 overtime game at SAP Center. Defenseman Brent Burns rifle a shot past Henrik Lundqvist 3:10 into the extra period to help the Sharks snap their season high 6-game losing streak. Call it a topsy-tuvey win that saw the Sharks blow a 2-goal lead, then claw back in the 3rd period to tie the game late before winning it in the extra period.

Things started out swimmingly for San Jose, who jumped on the Rangers early in the game by out skating them and employing a relentless forecheck. Trade deadline acquisition Jannick Hansen scored his first goal in teal 1:44 into the game. Hansen punched home his own rebound after he threw the puck on net from behind the left post. Hansen's linemate and countryman Mikkel Boedker started the scoring sequence by firing a puck on net from the slot, but Hansen's tenacity resulted in a 1st period lead for a Sharks team in dire need of good start.

JT Miller tied the game 12 minutes later after he stripped Paul Martin of the puck in front of the Sharks bench then raced in on the right wing and snapped a shot over Martin Jones' left shoulder.

A tripping penalty by Boedker put the Rangers on the power play late in the period, but Melker Karlsson turned the tables on New York by racing up the left wing and beating Lundqvist with a wrist shot. The Sharks forced the turnover deep in their own zone, then Karlsson and Chris Tierney skated up ice with Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei between them. Karlsson elected to shoot rather than pass, allowing the Sharks to take a lead into the 1st intermission.

Tierney gave the Sharks a two-goal lead 11:38 into the 2nd period after he gathered his own rebound in the slot and fired a shot past Lundqvist for his 8th goal of the season. Tierney skated up the slot and held the puck to allow a Rangers defender to skate past him before whipping a shot on net while several skaters jostled for position in front of the net. Tierney kept his eye on the puck after it kicked off Lundqvist's left pad, back out to him as he skated toward the right post.

All the Sharks hard work went up in flames.

Things started to unravel when Patrick Marleau was called for a questionable interference penalty as several players tried skating out of the Rangers zone.

Derek Stepan converted on the ensuing power play with 23 seconds left in the period to cut the Sharks lead to 3-2. Stepan converted a back door shot after Matt Zuccrello set him up with a pass through the slot from the right point. Stepan lurked out of the left corner and threw Zuccarello's pass easily past Jones after Justin Braun failed to get a stick in front of the pass.

Jesper Fast tied the game 84 seconds into the 3rd period by tipping a Skjei shot from the left point. Fast skated through the slot and redirected Skjei's shot by getting a stick blade on the puck while facing the net.

The 6-game losing streak looked like it might reach 7 games three minutes later when Miller scored his 2nd goal of the game. Tierney was sent off for interference but Mika Zibanejad was simultaneously whistled for embellishment to setup a 4-on-4 situation, but Burns tripped Kevin Hayes. Miller ripped a Skjei feed from the bottom of the right circle past Jones to a make it a 4-3 Rangers lead.

The Sharks had 15 minutes to claw back, but it wasn't until Tierney converted at 17:45 that the sellout crowd could exhale. Hansen tried forcing the issue from the doorstep, pushing a shot off Lundqvist, but Tierney was Johnny-on-the-spot, crashing in from the left side and lifting the rebound into a wide open net.

Nick Holden simplified things for San Jose in the overtime when he grabbed a hold of Patrick Marleau's stick as the Sharks forward tried to breakout of his own zone which would have resulted in an odd-man rush.

San Jose countered the Rangers 4-on-3 goal when Burns ripped a Joe Pavelski feed from the left dot for his 28th goal of the season. The air pressure in the building increased with the collective exhaling of the home crowd, which hadn't seen a victory in two weeks.

Game Notes:

* Chris Tierney finished the evening with a 3 point night (2 gals, 1 assist). Brady Skjei finished the game with 3 assists.

* Tomas Hertl won 14 of 18 faceoffs (78%). The Sharks were a collective 22 of 57 on draws (58%).

* David Schlemko, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns combined for 12 of the Sharks 35 shots. Schlemko and Tierney each had a team high 5 shots for San Jose.

* Logan Couture was scratched from the game as he deals with the affects of the puck he took to his face.





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Scoring
1 2 3 OT T
NYR 1 1 2 0 4
SJ 2 1 1 1 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Hansen 7 (Hertl, Boedker), 1:44. 2, NYR, Miller 21 (Puempel), 13:30. 3, SJ, Karlsson 10 (Vlasic, Braun), 18:01, (sh).
2nd period - 4, SJ, Tierney 8 (unassisted), 11:38. 5, NYR, Stepan 16 (Zuccarello, Skjei), 19:37, (pp).
3rd period - 6, NYR, Fast 6 (Skjei, Hayes), 1:24. 7, NYR, Miller 22 (Skjei, Hayes), 4:44, (pp). 8, SJ, Tierney 9 (Hansen, Boedker), 17:45
Overtime - 9, SJ, Burns 28 (Pavelski, Marleau), 3:10, (pp).
Penalties
1st period - Smith, NYR (interference), 13:55; Boedker, SJ (tripping), 16:09.
2nd period - Marleau, SJ (interfernce), 18:29.
3rd period - Zibenjad, NYR (embellishment), 2:49; Tierney, SJ (interference), 2:49; Burns, SJ (tripping), 17:45.
Overtime - Holdne, NYR (holding the stick), 2:35.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
NYR - Lundqvist 35 30
SJ - Jones 28 24
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
NYR 7 7 12 2 28
SJ 9 14 10 2 35
Power Play Conversion
NYR 2 of 3
SJ 1 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Brent Burns
Chris Tierney
JT Miller
Attendance
SAP Center - 17,562
Officials
Referees: Rooney, StPierre. Linesmen: Knorr, Heyer.
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