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Sharks blow late heroics in return home
Tomas Hertl's last second goal squandered in shootout loss
10/30/18 - By Mike Lee -

San Jose returned home from an arduous three game road trip on Tuesday night, and played a flat game until the waning minutes of their rematch with the New York Rangers. The Sharks lost to New York in overtime back on October 11th, and were looking to exact a little revenge. Only problem is, they played an uninspiring game on home ice, only to lose 4-3 in the shootout. Tomas Hertl played hero by scoring a game-tying goal with 1.3 seconds left in regulation, but that was the last puck that would get by Henrik Lundqvist.

Hertl allowed the Sharks to salvage a point from the loss by potting the equalizer as time was expiring. San Jose forced a face off in the Rangers zone with 13 seconds left in regulation. After working the puck over to the right corner, Logan Couture fed Hertl who was sliding toward the slot from the end line outside the right post. Hertl pivoted to his right then whipped a shot that tucked inside the left post for the dramatic goal.

A questionable tripping penalty to Kevin Labanc in the overtime setup the Rangers to win in the extra period, but Chris Kreider was called for slashing after San Jose had killed all but 23 seconds of the penalty.

The Rangers won it in the shootout with a single shot.

The Sharks grabbed the early lead, 3:22 into the game when Brent Burns snapped a shot from the right wing boards that eluded Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvit. Burns one-timed a Marcus Sorensen feed out of the right corner, tucking just inside the right post for the defenseman's 3rd goal of the season.

If the Sharks planned on building off the momentum of Burns's goal, they took a peculiar path, allowing Mats Zuccarello to score 59 seconds later. The Rangers forward sent a mundane shot in on net from the top of the right circle, but the puck seemed to knuckle on Sharks goaltender Martin Jones. The shot sailed over Jones left shoulder for Zuccarello's 3rd tally of the season.

The Rangers dominated the rest of the period, out-shooting San Jose 17-6. San Jose looked like they had just returned from a 10-game road trip, with static legs and plenty of reaching rather than skating.

Neither team could generate any offense in the middle period, although San Jose did finally find their legs. The Sharks out-shot the Rangers 14-6 in the period, but they could not generate any quality scoring chances to challenge Lundqvist.

Kreider gave the Rangers their first lead of the night 1:13 into the 3rd period when he one-timed a Brady Skjei feed through the slot. Kreider sat at the bottom of the right circle, taking advantage of Erick Karlsson's lack of defensive awareness in the zone, pumping a shot that hit Jones in the right arm but it wasn't enough to prevent it from crossing the goal line.

Timo Meier converted for his 9th goal of the season at the 8:14 mark to tie the game at 2-2. Meier skated up ice 2-on-1 with Melker Karlsson on his left flank. The Sharks forward shipped a host over Lundqvist's left shoulder for the equalizer.

The tie would last all of 121 seconds after Kreider scored his 2nd goal of the period at 10:05 right off the faceoff. Kreider chased a puck to the left corner and fished it out to Mika Zibanejad along the left wing boards. Zibanejad sent a pass to Zucarello who was left unattended in the slot. As the Sharks tried in desperation to get to Zucarello, Kreider slipped to the left post where his linemate set him up for a tap in.

In the skills competition, Hertl, Couture and Joe Pavelski all missed badly on their shot attempts. Kevin Shattenkirk bailed out Zuccarello and Zibanejad who had both missed by putting a shot past Jones to snap the Sharks 2-game winning streak.

Game Notes:

* Several Sharks were reported to be at a concert on Monday night, which didn't exactly look great considering how flat the team played.

* Joe Thornton made his return to the ice after missing the last 9 games after his surgically repaired knee contracted an infection. Thornton skated 19 shifts, logging 14:19 minutes of ice time. He was a -1 with 1 shot and went 2 of 5 on draws.

* Dylan Gambrell was re-assigned to the san Jose Barracuda to make room for Joe Thornton

* Erik Karlsson continues to stink it up defensively. The big off season acquisition was a -1 plus/minus on the night, which would have been a -2 had he not been on the ice for Tomas Hertl's last second goal.

* Rourke Chartier was rewarded for his first goal on Sunday night with a seat in the press box. Chartier was scratched in place of a much slower Joe Thornton.





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Scoring
1 2 3 OT SO T
NYR 1 0 2 0 1 4
SJ 1 0 2 0 0 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Burns 3 (Sorensen, M. Karlsson), 3:22. 2, NYR, Zuccarello 3 (Shattenkirk), 4:21.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 3, NYR, Kreider 5 (Skjei, Hayes), 1:13. 4, SJ, Meier 9 (Burns), 8:14. 5, NYR, Kreider 6 (Zuccarello, Zibanejad), 10:05. 6, SJ, Hertl 5 (Couture, Meier), 19:59.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - SJ: Hertl (miss), Couture (miss), Pavelski (miss). NYR: Zuccarello (miss), Zibanejad (miss), Shattenkirk (goal).
Penalties
1st period - M. Karlsson, SJ (tripping), 13:01; Meier, SJ (high sticking), 15:45.
2nd period - Zibanejad, NYR (holding), 0:56.
3rd period - Bench, SJ (too many men), 15:06.
Overtime - Labanc, SJ (tripping), 1:39; Kreider, NYR (slashing), 3:16.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
NYR - Lundqvist 33 30
SJ - Jones 37 34
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
NYR 17 6 11 3 37
SJ 6 14 12 2 34
Power Play Conversion
NYR 0 of 4
SJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Chris Kreider
Brent Burns
Henrik Lundqvist
Attendance
SAP Center - 17,562
Officials
Referees: Schlenker, Sutherland. Linesmen: Gawryletz, Gibbons.
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