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No response in loss to Rangers
Sharks flat on home ice again
11/19/2022 - By Mike Lee

Winning on home ice continues to elude the San Jose Sharks. Skating in their 10th contest on SAP Center ice, the Sharks fizzled late to fall to the New York Rangers 2-1 in a game that didn't see any scoring for the first 54 minutes of the contest. James Reimer stood on his head, stopping 41 of 42 shots, but his teammates could not generate the necessary offense to compete.

The Sharks have been victorious once in their 10 home games this season. After falling to Detroit on Thursday, the absence of any offensive push against the Rangers was disappointing.

The Rangers controlled most of the opening 20 minutes, out-shooting San Jose 15-8 in the period. Neither team would score in the opening frame. The Rangers enjoyed a full 2-minute power play after Steven Lorentz was called for tripping.

Former Shark Ryan Carpenter was sent to the box on a boarding call with 18 seconds left in the period. Carpenter pasted Nico Sturm against the side board glass with a hit from behind, that could have drawn a stiffer penalty. San Jose would squander the man-advantage.

Worse, they wouldn't counter the dirty hit with any sort of message. They generated 11 shots in the 2nd period, but still trailed New York's intensity in the frame.

Timo Meier took a holding penalty 5:16 into the 2nd period, allowing the Rangers to flirt with a goal. New York rang three pucks off iron on their power play. The Sharks top ranked penalty kill denied the Rangers from scoring, largely on goaltender James Reimer's cool disposition in net.

The 3rd period was all Rangers, who out-shot the Sharks 31-2 through the first 15 minutes of the period and 16-4 in the period. New York finally cracked the scoring column when Julien Gauthier converted at 13:57. The forward skated to the slot after the Rangers won a faceoff. As New York cycled the puck to the blueline, Jacob Trouba fired a shot on goal that Gauthier tipped with his stick blade to redirect his 3rd goal of the season home.

Reimer made a highlight reel save with 2:39 to play when he robbed Jimmy Vesey with a glove save to cover the right side of the net.

The Rangers scored an empty net goal with 67 seconds left in regulation. That would turn out to be the game winning goal, because Logan Couture potted a goal with 17 seconds left in the game.

With Reimer out of the San Jose finally pressed matters in the Rangers zone. Couture stuffed home his 9th goal of the season of a short feed from Tomas Hertl. Couture was parked on the right post with Hertl fighting off a defender at the top of the crease. Hertl flipped the puck over to his right for Couture's finish.

Game Notes:

* The Rangers are 32-10-5 all time versus San Jose. The Rangers also have a 14-5-3 record at SAP Center.

* James Reimer finished the game with 41 saves. He has made 40 or more saves two other times this season, all loses.

* Timo Meier and Erik Karlsson led the Sharks with 3 shots each. Mika Zibanejad had 8 shots on goal to lead all skaters.

* The Sharks ruled the faceoff circle, winning 60% of draws. They could not parlay those wins into much offense.

* With the loss, the Sharks fall to the 27th spot in the league, trailing the Anaheim Ducks by 4 points in the Connor Bedard Cup. The Sharks are 31st in points percentage (.375) as they have played more games than any other team in the league with the exception of the Los Angeles Kings.


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1 2 3 T
NYR 0 0 2 2
SJ 0 0 1 1
1st period - None.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 1, NYR, Gauthier 3 (Trouba, Miller), 13:57. 2, NYR, Fox 6 (Zibanejad, Vesey), 18:53, (en). 3, SJ, Couture 9 (Hertl, Meier), 19:43.
1st period - Lorentz, SJ (tripping), 2:48; Carpenter, NYR (boarding), 19:42.
2nd period - Meier, SJ (holding), 5:16; Bonino, SJ (holding), 15:42.
3rd period - None.
Shots Saves
NYR - Shesterkin 23 22
SJ - Reimer 42 41
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
NYR 15 12 16 43
SJ 8 11 4 23
Power Play Conversion
NYR 0 of 3
SJ 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Igor Shesterkin
James Reimer
Julien Gauthier
SAP Center - 17,562
Referees: #23 Corey Syvret, #24 Graham Skilliter . Linesmen: #96 David Brisebois, #50 Scott Cherrey.

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