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Sharks show some fight in OT win
SJ erases 2-0 Rangers lead before taking game in extra time
1/23/2024 - By Mike Lee

Coming of their 4-3 shootout win in Los Angeles on Monday night the Sharks had their excuse to mail in their game against the New York Rangers. Down their number one defenseman and staring at a 2-0 deficit in the 3rd period, the Sharks went to work on tired legs and chipped away at the Rangers lead. They would extend things to overtime where Tomas Hertl scored a big overtime goal to give the Sharks a dramatic 3-2 win.

Call it a shot of late adrenaline or just inspired play, but the Sharks looked like a different team in after falling behind 2-0.

The game winning goal was a sight to behold. Alexander Barabanov carried the puck around the Rangers zone, before utilizing a pick to get the puck to Jan Rutta. With two defenders in the vicinity, Rutta found Hertl on the off wing for a slam duck shot as Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin unsuccessfully made a last ditch bid with a diving attempt that fell short.

Wins have been few and far between this season, but Hertl's goal gave San Jose victories in their last three games. The Sharks hadn't won more than two games all season.

Adam Fox staked the Rangers to a 1-0 lead at 7:55 of the opening period, when he jammed a puck under Mackenzie Blackwood from the top of the crease. Alexis Lafraniere put a puck on net from the left side, but the Sharks defense neither cleared the rebound or picked up Fox who converted his chance into his 8th of the season.

Vincent Trocheck was sent off for kneeing Kyle Burroughs in an area that no man should be met with an angry knee. The penalty came 1:23 left in the period, but the Sharks failed to convert on their abridged power play, or with the time that carried over to the 2nd period.

That hurt even more when Artemi Panarin scored his 29th of the season 1:38 into the middle frame. The Rangers forward carried the puck through the high slot that turned and fired from the top of the right circle, using a screen to get his waist high shot past Blackwood.

New York out-shot the Sharks 12-6 in the middle frame, essentially muzzling the Sharks offense for the majority of the period.

Aside from the size mismatch, the Sharks were slower than the Rangers to pucks. Perhaps it was the remnants of having played a day earlier in Los Angeles. Whatever the reason, the sharks struggled to pressure the New York net in the period.

Nico Sturm changed that with a smart play early in the 3rd period. The veteran forward intercepted a Rangers clearing attempt as he skated toward the end boards. Rather than carry the puck behind the New York net, he elected to throw it at Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin. The puck appeared to hit Shesterkin in the right skate and deflecting into the net for Sturm's 3rd goal of the season.

San Jose had something to play for only trailing by a single goal at that point.

Ryan Carpenter tied the game at 2-2 when he deflected a Jan Rutta shot. Carpenter was fighting off a defender out in front of the Rangers net when Rutta sent in a blast from the right point. Carpenter's stick blade altered the puck slightly left, which was enough to fool Shesterkin.

A ill-timed cross-checking penalty to Calen Addison at 14:06 setup a 3rd power play for the Rangers on the night. San Jose subdued the NHL's 2nd ranked power play in all three cases. but the 3rd period case was key.

In the overtime period Logan Couture just missed on a 2-on-1 break, sailing a shot wide left of the net. New York countered with a pair of shots on Blackwell, but the netminder held firm. Rutta and Hertl did their thing the next time San Jose gained the Rangers zone.

Game Notes:

* The Sharks started their tour de no Mario Ferrraro as the defenseman missed his first game since injuring what appeared to be his left ankle in Los Angeles on Monday night.

* The Sharks sent Scott Sabourin to the SJ Barracuda on Tuesday.

* With his goal, Ryan Carpenter has recoded a point in his last 4 games, which is a career high. Nico Sturm has recorded a point in 3 straight games courtesy of his goal. Jan Rutta also has points in 3 straight games.

* The Sharks announced 12,892 tickets sold.

* Henry Thru was dinged up by the SAP Center boards in the 3rd period. The Sharks are already thin on the blueline with Mario Ferraro's injury. He was visibly in discomfort on the Sharks bench but would return to the game.


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1 2 3 OT T
NYR 1 1 0 0 2
SJ 0 0 2 1 3
1st period - 1, NYR, Fox 8 (LaFreniere, Trocheck), 7:55.
2nd period - 2, NYR, Panarin 29 (Fox, Miller), 1:38.
3rd period - 3, SJ, Sturm 3 (unassisted), 2:28. 4, SJ, Carpenter 3 (Rutta, Zadina), 4:27.
Overtime - 5, SJ, Hertl 15 (Rutta, Barabanov), 1:29.
1st period - Trocheck, NYR (kneeing), 18:37.
2nd period - Trouba, NYR (delay of game - puck over glass), 3:36; Okhotiuk, SJ (hooking), 6:36; Panarin, NYR (tripping), 11:38; Rutta, SJ (holding), 13:57.
3rd period - Addison, SJ (cross checking), 14:06.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
NYR - Shesterkin 22 19
SJ - Blackwood 31 29
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
NYR 7 12 10 2 31
SJ 9 6 6 1 22
Power Play Conversion
NYR 0 of 3
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Tomas Hertl
Ryan Carpenter
Henry Thrun
SAP Center - 12,892
Referees: #15 Jean Heber, #18 Tom Chmielewski. Linesmen: #77 Caleb Apperson, #93 Kilian McNamara.

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