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Sharks finally get the W
Franchise long 5 game losing streak to start the season over
10/20/2022 - By Mike Lee

The losing streak is no more. The Sharks dug deep late in a tie game and into overtime to beat the host New York Rangers 3-2 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. Erik Karlsson punched home a Timo Meier feed from behind the net 49 seconds into the extra period to help head coach David Quinn earn his 1st victory as the Sharks bench boss.

The win also comes against Quinn's former team, which he led for three seasons. After surrendering an early lead once again, the Sharks pinned back their ears on this night and earned a hard fought two points against a quality opponent. They would out-shoot the Rangers 16-2 in the 3rd period, and they momentum carried forward on Karlsson's game winner.

Karlsson's game winner looked as if it might end poorly for San Jose after the defenseman stepped on the puck as he drove to the New York net, then crashing to the ice. Rather than give up on the play, he swiped at it as he lay sprawled on the ice, pushing the puck over to Meier, who raced around the left post, then curled back to his right and fed Karlsson for the put back winner.

San Jose opened the game by taking an interference penalty 59 seconds into the contest, and a delay of game penalty 1:49 later. That was notable given the Rangers aptitude with the man advantage. The Sharks escaped with surrendering a goal, but what transpired 4 minutes later made it all the more important.

Sammy Blais was sent off for tripping Timo Meier at 5:29. The Sharks would convert when Logan Couture bagged his 2nd goal of the season from in tight. Luke Kunin and Erik Karlsson earned assists on the goal.

The all dreaded 2nd period started as precariously as has been the case for most games this season.

Luke Kunin was sent off for slashing with 49 seconds left in the previous period, carrying over 1:11 of power play time for the Rangers to start the 2nd frame. Kunin was able to exit the box, but they would surrender the tying goal to Filip Chytil at 39 seconds later. Or rather Kunin would surrender it. The Sharks forward had the puck along the boards in front of the benches, but Chytil raced in and stripped him of the puck before racing up the left wing and snapping a shot past James Reimer for his 2nd goal of the season.

Artemi Panerin gave the Rangers the lead at 9:05 on a give-and-go sequence that ended with the Rangers scoring leader firing a shot from the left wing boards that beat Reimer. The Rangers carried the puck into the Sharks zone 2-on-1, but Mario Ferraro slid over to the left side to cover the Rangers forward. Panerin decided to drop the puck back to a trailing Adam Fox, who returned it for the snipe that gave the Rangers the 2-1 lead.

Rather then completely buckling, the Sharks battled back to tie the game 4 minutes later when defenseman Radim Simek pinched from the right point, then whipped a shot on goal from the inside of the right circle, beating Igor Shesterkin for his 1st tally of the season.

San Jose deserved a better result in regulation after taking it to the Rangers in the 3rd period. Shesterkin bailed out the Rangers who let San Jose run wild in the final period. Several big saves by the Rangers netminder earned them the overtime point, but it was the team that worked harder late in the game that would take the extra point in the standings.

Game Notes:

* Staten Island native Kevin Labanc was scratched from the lineup, which was clearly a message to the winger. Labanc was a non-factor in the loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Noah Gregor and Scott Harrington were also scratches for San Jose.

* Sharks head coach David Quinn was booed by the Madison Square Garden crowd when the Rangers flashed a "Thank you David Quinn" message on the score board. Typical response from the New York faithful, but Quinn got the last laugh.

* Luke Kunin had a tough night. He would take three separate minor penalties, including one in the 3rd period with the game tied. Artemi Panerin would bail Kunin out by taking a penalty shortly there after. His play on the Filip Chytil's goal was not the greatest defensive play you'll ever see.

* Old faithful James Reimer made 21 saves to earn his first win of the season. Reimer has been one of the most consistent players for the Sharks through the first 6 games.

* Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl each had 5 shots on goal, heeding the coaching staff's insistence that the big money players start generating more offense.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 1 1 0 1 3
NYR 0 2 0 0 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Couture 2 (Kunin, Karlsson), 6:02, (pp).
2nd period - 2, NYR, Chytil 2 (Kreider), 1:50. 3, NYR, Panerin 3 (Fox, Trocheck), 9:05. 4, SJ, Simek 1 (Nieto, Lindblom), 13:10.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - 5, SJ, Karlsson 2 (Meier), 0:49.
1st period - Kunin, SJ (interference), 0:59; Benning, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 2:48; Blais, NYR (tripping), 5:28; Simek, SJ (tripping), 7:49; Trouba, NYR (slashing), 10:31; Kunin, SJ (slashing), 19:11.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - Kunin, SJ (high sticking), 15:02; Panerin, NYR (tripping), 15:19.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Reimer 23 21
NYR - Shesterkin 27 24
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 5 4 16 2 27
NYR 8 13 2 0 23
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
NYR 0 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Erik Karlsson
Filip Chytil
Logan Couture
Madison Square Garden - 17,083
Referees: #2 Jon McIsaac, #5 Chris Rooney. Linesmen: #61 James Tobias, #65 Tommy Hughes.

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