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Sharks fight back but fall in Manhattan
SJ drops 6-5 decision to Rangers
12/3/2023 - By Mike Lee

Coming off their big 6-3 win over New Jersey on Friday night, the Sharks continued with their New York Metropolitan tour but ran into a buzz saw in Artemi Panerin. The Rangers forward recorded a hat trick to propel his team to a close 6-5 victory over San Jose at Madison Square Garden. San Jose fought back from a 6-3 deficit in the 3rd period to make it close, but they would drop their 2nd game on their current 6-game road trip.

Accepting losses isn't something the Sharks should tolerate, but Sunday night's affair was a step in the right direction for a team that's going through some growing pains and is still learning how to win after turning over a roster that is in the middle of a rebuild.

San Jose surprised the Rangers by grabbing a pair of leads early. It was something to note given the offensive firepower that New York possesses.

Anthony Duclair picked up from where he left off in New Jersey by scoring the game's first goal at the 3:50 mark. The Sharks forward collected a lead pass from Kyle Burroughs and raced up ice on a breakaway chance. Duclair beat former Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick with a deek from right to left. It was Duclair's 3rd goal in the last 2 games.

San Jose backed themselves into a corner by taking back to back penalties later in the period. The Sharks were unscathed by Jacob MacDonald high sticking penalty, but a hooking infraction on William Eklund would bite them.

Panerin fired a shot from the high slot that wove through several bodies before finding the back of the Sharks net. Goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood never saw the shot as it zipped past him glove side.

Ryan Carpenter put the Sharks back in front at 12:19 after Jan Rutta slid the puck off the right wing boards. Carpenter collected the pass from between he circles and whipped a shot that Quick got a piece of, but couldn't stop from continuing on into the goal. It was Carpenter's 1st goal of the season and his 3rd career goal for San Jose.

The lead would last 34 seconds after Panerin punched home his 2nd goal of the game from the top of the crease after Vincent Trocheck's wraparound attempt kicked out to the Rangers sniper. Blackwood was dead to rights with Panerin pumping home the puck from point blank range.

Mika Zibanejad pushed the Rangers out front at 16:42 after Chris Kreider skated the puck around the back of the sharks net then slid a pass out to the Rangers centerman. The quick put back shot beat Blackwood top shelf over the netminder's left shoulder.

Zibanejad was called for tripping Tomas Hertl 7:17 into the 2nd period, much to the ire of the Rangers who felt it was a poor call. They were likely incensed when Jacob MacDonald scored on the power play at 9:16 to re-tie the game at 3-3.

Blackwood came up big on a pealty shot attempt after Alexis Lafraniere was hooked by Matt Benning on a breakaway chance.

Will Cuylee put the Rangers back on tap with 4 minutes remaining in the period. The young forward collected a feed from former Shark Nick Bonino then raced past Nikita Okhotiuk and Jan Rutta on his way to the net and lifting a shot past Blackwood.

The Rangers scored a back breaking goal 4:41 into the 3rd period when Panerin beat Fabian Zetterlund to a loose puck in front of the Sharks net. Trocheck had just put a shot on net that Blackwood stopped, but he couldn't handle the rebound which dropped right in front of him. Panerin crashed the net and pushed the puck home as he Zetterlund went bulldozing into the net.

K'Andre Miller seemingly iced the game with his 4th goal of the season at 13:03. The defenseman gathered a Jacob Trouba pass on the left side before whistling a shot past Blackwood for the 6-3 lead.

Zetterlund bagged his 7th goal of the season at 14:35 by chipping home a rebound after Duclair sent a pass to the slot where Mikael Granlund put a shot on Quick. The puck kicked out to the left side where Zetterlund was slicing in toward the net.

Alexander Barabanov scored his 1st goal of the season 74 seconds later.

San Jose pulled Blackwood with 2 minutes to play, but the Sharks couldn't get the equalizer past Quick. Granlund made one last attempt on a zone entry play that ended with a shot sailing over the crossbar as time expired.

Game Notes:

* Alexander Barabanov made his return to the lineup after missing the last 18 games with a broken finger. Jan Rutta also returned from an undisclosed injury. He missed 5 games.

* Nico Sturm and Ty Emberson were scratched with what was described as lower body injuries to both players.

* Former Sharks prospect Jonny Brodzinski recorded a pair of assists in the game. Brodzinski appeared in 3 games for San Jose during the 2019-20 season, recording a lone assist.

* Mikael Granlund led San Jose with 7 shots on goal. The biggest non-shot came at the final buzzer when his scoring attempt sailed over the crossbar, denying San Jose a 6th and tying goal.

* The attitude in this game is head and shoulders above where this team was a month ago. After a handful of wins, including a big 6-3 victory on Friday night, the Sharks are suddenly playing with more confidence. Losing by a single goal to the NHL's best team is evidence of a resurgence in NHL caliber play by San Jose.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 2 1 2 5
NYR 3 1 2 6
1st period - 1, SJ, Duclair 6 (Burroughs), 3:49. 2, NYR, Panerin 13 (Zibanejad, Fox), 8:44, (pp). 3, SJ, Carpenter 1 (Rutta), 12:19. 4, NYR, Panerin 14 (Trocheck, Lafreniere), 12:53. 5, NYR, Zibanejad 6 (Kreider, Brodzinski), 16:42.
2nd period - 6, SJ, MacDonald 4 (Labanc, Hoffman), 9:16, (pp). Lafreniere, NYR (unsuccessful penalty shot), 10:16. 7, NYR, Cuylle 4 (Bonino, Trouba), 16:02.
3rd period - 8, NYR, Panerin 15 (Trocheck, Brodzinski), 4:41. 9, NYR, Miller 4 (), 13:03. 10, SJ, Zetterlund 7 (Granlund, Duclair), 14:35. 11, SJ, Barabanov 1 (Addison, Hertl), 15:49.
1st period - MacDonald, SJ (high sticking), 5:49; Eklund, SJ (hooking), 7:55; Carpenter, SJ (holding), 17:32.
2nd period - Zibanejad, NYR (tripping), 7:17; Benning, SJ (penalty shot - tripping on breakaway), 10:16; Cuylle, NYR (goaltender interference), 11:32.
3rd period - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Blackwood 36 30
NYR - Quick 28 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 9 9 10 28
NYR 15 14 7 36
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 2
NYR 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Artemi Panerin
Mika Zibanejad
Vincent Trocheck
Madison Square Garden - 18,006
Referees: #3 Chris Schlenker, #6 Francis Charron. Linesmen: #61 James Tobias, #83 Matt MacPherson.

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