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Shesterkin stymies Sharks
37 save shutout for Rangers netminder
1/13/2022 - By Mike Lee

Igor Shesterkin is a name the Sharks will have no problem not seeing on a lineup card for a while. The New York Rangers goaltender has faced the Sharks twice this season and has denied San Jose from doing any scoring his appearances. The Russian netminder made 37 saves on Thursday night at SAP Center to shutout San Jose in a 3-0 game.

Shesterkin got lots of help from the iron that guards the outer perimeter of his goal, but he also leaned on a defense that played heavy against the Sharks. San Jose doesn't have the same size and strength as the Rangers and it showed. The Sharks tried to outwork the Rangers early, but a pair of mistakes would cost them and Shesterkin kept the puck out of his own net.

That's all it took. Game, set, match.

The Sharks enjoyed a power play midway through the opening period after Ryan Strome was sent off for cross checking Rudolfs Balcers. The ensuing power play exposed the Sharks special teams play. New York forced a turnover in their own zone before Mika Zibanejad carried the puck up the right wing. Defenseman Brent Burns and Jonathan Dahlen gravitated to Zibanejad while Chris Kreider crept up the left wing. Zibanejad slid a pass over to Kreider who slapped a shot past Adin Hill for the short-handed goal.

The 2nd period was filled with missed opportunities for the Sharks. Time Meier, Tomas Hertl and Mario Ferraro all had golden chances to put a puck past Igor Shesterkin, but they would fall short each time.

Meier had the best chance, swatting a waist high puck out of the air as he sat perched off the right post. Hertl had another shot ring off the crossbar early in the 3rd period, aiding Shesterkin in his shutout bid.

The Sharks tried to get physical with the Rangers. Meier mixed things up with Jacob Trouba in front of the New York net. Jeffrey Viel tried to reiterate the point by dropping the gloves with Trouba on the next shift.

The turnover issue that seems to sting the Sharks every game bit them early in the 3rd period. After Erik Karlsson coughed up the puck in the Sharks zone, Ryan Strome made a feed out to the slot for a blast by Braden Schneider for the 2-0 lead. Schneider was making his NHL debut, converting for his 1st goal at the top level.

What was most frustrating about the goal was the fact that Karlsson was only 8 feet from the blueline when he turned the puck over. Those little errors just always seem to bite the Sharks hard. This was no exception.

Trouba's 3rd penalty of the night came with 3 minutes left in regulation, but the Sharks could not generate any serious scoring chances. They pulled Hill toward the end of the power play.

Kreider would add an empty net goal later to cap the game's scoring.

Game Notes:

* Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin came off the COVID Protocol list to make the start for the Rangers. Shesterkin had missed the previous 4 games for New York.

* Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin made 37 saves to earn his 6th career shutout.

* Andrew Cogliano played in his 1100th career NHL game.

* Rudolfs Balcers returned to the lineup after missing the last 13 games after suffering a lower body injury in early December. 17:05 of ice time on 22 shifts and recorded 2 shots and 1 hit.

* Nick Bonino came off the NHL's COVID Protocol list. Alexander Barabanov was added to the list however. He is reported to be asymptomatic.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
NYR 1 0 2 3
SJ 0 0 0 0
1st period - 1, NYR, Kreider 22 (Zibanejad, Fox), 10:25, (sh).
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 2, NYR, Schneider 1 (Strome, Chytil), 1:27. 3, Kreider 23 (Rooney), 19:32, (en).
Penalties
1st period - Strome, NYR (cross checking), 10:14.
2nd period - Raska, SJ (boarding), 3:40; Trouba, NYR (interference), 9:15; Meier, SJ (cross checking), 9:15; Trouba, NYR (fighting major), 12:24; Viel, SJ (fighting major), 12:24.
3rd period - Trouba, NYR (interference), 17:00.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
NYR - Shesterkin 37 37
SJ - Hill 30 128
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
NYR 6 13 12 31
SJ 10 10 17 37
Power Play Conversion
NYR 0 of 1
SJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Igor Shesterkin
Adam Fox
Mika Zibanejad
Attendance
SAP Center - 10,919
Officials
Referees: #11 Kelly Sutherland, #23 Corey Syvret. Linesmen: #86 Jesse Marquis, #93 Kilian McNamara .





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