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Sharks give away game to Rangers
New York ties it late, then wins in OT
10/11/18 - By Mike Lee -

Playing the fourth game of their five game road trip and third time in four nights, the Sharks squandered a chance to grab two points from the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. San Jose held a 2-1 lead for the majority of the game before allowing the Rangers to tie it with 2:39 left in regulation, then losing the game 37 seconds into overtime.

Finishing is the key to any successful hockey team, but the Sharks would be satisfied with simply playing with some consistency late in games. In their three losses this season, the Sharks have allowed their opposition to take it to them in the 3rd period. The Sharks peppered Henrik Lundqvist all night, but they failed to score goals that would have padded their slim lead.

They essentially ran out of gas late, and it cost them a point.

Brendan Smith tied the game in that disappointing 3rd period, when he was left unattended in the slot. The Sharks defenders were simply static, which allowed Smith to get to a spot that would setup a higher percentage shot.

Brady Skjai ended the game after the Sharks turned the puck over in the Rangers zone, allowing Skjai to skate up the ice 2-on-1 with Logan Couture back as the only defender. Couture elected to try and take away the passing lane by dropping to his stomach rather than square up Skjai. The Rangers forward roofed a shot over Aaron Dell's shoulder for the game winner on the only shot of the overtime.

Evander Kane put his team in a hole early in he opening period when he was sent off for closing his hand on the puck. The puck was floating toward the Rangers bench when he gloved it out of the air, but he held it too long for the referees liking.

Marcus Sorensen turned the tables on New York on the ensuing power play when he grabbed a Timo Meier centering feed at center ice then raced in on the Rangers zone. Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei had position on the Sharks forward, but Sorensen changed directions on his twice, crossing up the blueliner to eventually move the puck to his forehand. Sorensen finished the highlight reel play by snapping a shot to the right corner of the Rangers net, beating fellow countryman Henrik Lundqvist.

San Jose allowed the Rangers to even things up with just over 6 minutes left in the period when Brett Howden converted from the Sharks doorstep. Defenseman Brett Burns trailed Howden as he skated past the right post form the end boards, but gave up on the play, assuming the puck would move out of the zone. Matt Zuccarello fed Howden down low for his 2nd deposit of the season.

Sharks head coach PEter DeBoer challenged the goal, citing the Rangers were offside on the zone entry. Replay clearly showed that Chris Kreider's skates crossed the blueline before the puck, but since he was in control of the puck at the time, he was not offside. Zuccarello entered the zone on the far side of the ice, but the video footage was inconclusive.

By virtue of losing the offside challenge, the Sharks were charged with a delay of game penalty, which they killed with a solid penalty kill.

Kane took exception to a Mark Staal hit later in the period resulting in roughing minors to each. Nothing came of the 4-on-4 situation, but San Jose worked a scoring chance right before the buzzer that resulted in a hooking penalty to Brendan Smith.

San Jose would open the period with a full 2-minute power play, but the man advantage has been unkind to the Sharks this season.

San Jose reclaimed the lead 4:59 into the 2nd period when Brent Burns created a 3-on-1 break for the Sharks with a lead pass up ice from his own right corner. Antti Suomella gathered that feed and raced up the left wing, drawing Lundqvist to the left side of the net before sliding a pass to Joonas Donskoi on the off wing for the tap in goal.

Dell robbed Ryan Spooner twice on the ensuing shift. Dell had to deflect a shot with his glove after Spooner one-timed a cross-ice feed. The Rangers winger was denied again when a one-time chance from the slot was snuffed out by Dell.

Game Notes:

* Tomas Hertl was injured in the 3rd period when a puck hit him in the face around the left cheek. The forward dropped his helmet and gloves immediately and skated to the bench for assistance. Hertl returned in the last two minutes of regulation.

* Aaron Dell almost handed the Rangers the game late in regulation when he tried to glove a puck up high with the game tied at 2-2. He missed the puck, allowing it to drop to the ice right next to the left post. Dell had no idea where it was as a Rangers skater raced it to try and jam it home.

* Rookie forward Antti Suomela continues to impress in his limited ice time. The forward just missed scoring his first NHL goal in the 3rd period on a play in front of the net. Henrick Lundqvist's glove hand denied the young Fin from the tally.

* San Jose recorded 43 shots on goal, but Lundqvist turned aside all but two of them. Every Sharks skater recorded a shot on goal except for Brendan Dillon and Joakim Ryan. Burns led all skaters with 6 shots on goal.

* Once again, Erik Karlsson had the worst plus/minus for the Sharks. Karlsson is a -4 this season. Only Tomas Hertl's plus/minus is worse (-5).


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 1 1 0 0 2
NYR 1 0 1 1 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Sorensen 1 (Meier, Burns), 4:31, (sh). 2, NYR, Howden 2 (unassisted), 13:52.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Donskoi 1 (Suomella, Burns), 4:59.
3rd period - 4, NYR, Smith 1 (Buchnevitch, Fast), 17:21.
Overtime - 5, NYR, Skjai, 1 (unassisted), 0:37.
1st period - Kane, SJ (closing hand on puck), 3:07; Zibanejad, NYR (interference), 8:49; Bench, SJ (delay of game), 13:52; Kane, SJ (roughing), 17:04; Staal, NYR (roughing), 17:04; Smith, NYR (hooking), 20:00.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - DeAngelo, NYR (interference), 5:30.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Dell 27 24
NYR - Lundqvist 43 41
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 17 16 10 0 43
NYR 6 9 11 1 27
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 3
NYR 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Henrik Lundqvist
Brett Howden
Marcus Sorensen
17,004 - Madison Square Garden
Referees: Morton, Nicholson. Linesmen: Tobias, Miller.
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