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Sharks in a New York state of mind
SJ scores 4 in big win over Rangers
10/23/17 - By Mike Lee -

The East Coast swing hit the midway mark with a trip to Madison Square Garden on Monday night. The Sharks rebounded from their uninspired loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday by smothering the neighboring New York Rangers with a 4-1 in Manhatten. Four different Sharks scored and Martin Jones provided a 33 save performance to help the Sharks even their record at 4-4-0.

The visit to the New York metropolitan area finished on a high note, with Jones returning to the net to help deny the struggling Rangers. Penalties could have spelled doom for the Sharks, who took 6 consecutive minor penalties through the first two periods, setting up the Rangers with optimal scoring opportunities. New York threw 16 shots at Jones in the opening period, fueled by 8 minutes of power play time.

Jones was up to the challenge.

Logan Couture opened the game's scoring with his hot hand just 1:56 into the contest. With a delayed penalty about to be called, the Sharks pulled goaltender Martin Jones for the extra attacker. That allowed Mikkel Boedker to race up the right wing and swoop around the back of the net and up the off wing boards before dropping a pass to Brent Burns at the blueline. Boedker then cut to the front of the net where he ran interference while Burns dropped the puck to Couture in the high slot. Couture ripped a shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist to the low glove side.

Rookie defenseman Tim Heed scored his first career NHL goal with 7:15 left in the period on a shot from the right corner that squirted through his countryman Lundqvist's pads. Heed carried the puck up the right wing and unleashed his shot from a tight angle along the goal line. Lundqvist tried to seal off the right post, but he didn't get his pads closed in time.

Heed became the second Swede to score his first career goal against Lundqvist. Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg also recorded his first tally against the Swedish netminder.

San Jose got into a little penalty hot water in the period by taking four separate infractions of the 2-minute variety. The last two were questionable to say the least. Mikkel Boedker was called for a slash on a play that had him reaching out with his stick with one hand. Tomas Hertl was whistled for holding on a play that had him have a hand on Rick Nash's hip, which setup a brief 5-on-3 power play opportunity for the Rangers.

The penalty killers were on their game, snuffing out the threat with some timely clears, and with textbook goaltending by Jones.

Barclay Goodrow made his season debut less memorable by taking a hooking penalty early in the game. He had a chance to make his mark during the Sharks penalty troubles later in the period when his shorthanded breakaway chance was denied by Lundqvist.

Joonas Donskoi scored a backbreaking goal with 37.1 left in the period. Joe Thornton chipped a turnover up the left wing boards past Rangers centerman Mats Zuccarello, springing Donskoi to skate in on net uncontested. The Sharks winger snapped a shot from the left dot that beat Lundqvist by ringing off the right post.

Donskoi appeared to clip Lundqvist's outstretched leg as he skated past him, catching the goaltender in the skate. Lundqvist rolled over in what appeared to be some discomfort, then tried stretching it out before skating gingerly to the right corner before continuing.

The goaltender would continue and finished the game, but he seemed to nurse the leg throughout the 3rd period.

Melker Karlsson made no doubt of the outcome of the game when he scored his 2nd goal of the season 2:51 into the 3rd period. Lundqvist's night got worse after he tried to play a puck behind his goal. Couture swooped in and picked his pocket before sliding the puck out to the front of the net, where Karlsson tapped it into the undefended goal.

Mika Zibanejad ended Jones shutout bid at 4:23 of the period by snapping a shot after he stole the puck from Joel Ward out of the left corner. The Rangers centerman took two strides toward the net and snapped a shot that zipped past Jones' right arm for his 4th goal of the season.

San Jose was content to burn clock with their comfortable 3-goal lead. That was aided by them staying out of the penalty box in the period. J.T. Miller was whistled for hooking Ryan Carpenter with 4:33 left in regulation, which helped expedite that process.

Game Notes:

* Logan Couture was named the NHL's 3rd star of the week on Monday. He responded by recording a goal and an assist, and finished the evening with a +3 plus/minus.

* 10 different Sharks recorded points, including Joe Thornton who added an assist to sit one shy of Jari Kurri for 20th on the all time scoring list.

* Joel Ward made is return to the Sharks lineup after missing the last four games with an upper body injury.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 2 1 1 4
NYR 0 0 1 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Couture 7 (Burns. Boedker), 1:56. 2, SJ, Heed 1 (Hertl, Vlasic), 12:45.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Donskoi 2 (Thornton, Pavelski), 19:22.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Karlsson 2 (Couture), 2:51. 5, NYR, Zibanejad 6 (Buchnevich), 4:23.
1st period - Goodrow, SJ (hooking), 4:31; Labanc, SJ (tripping), 10:16; Boedker, SJ (slashing), 16:52; Hertl, SJ (holding), 18:27.
2nd period - Pavelski, SJ (tripping), 12:39; Hertl, SJ (high sticking), 15:53.
3rd period - Miller, NYR (hooking), 15:27.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 34 33
NYR - Lundqvist 24 20
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 9 7 24
NYR 16 8 10 34
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 1
NYR 0 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Martin Jones
Logan Couture
Melker Karlsson
Madison Square Garden - 18,006
Referees: Romasko, Rooney. Linesmen: Miller, Smith.
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