New York Rangers 0 San Jose Sharks 1
Before either team could settle into a grove, the Rangers went on the power play. Brent Burns was called for interference on Brad Richards at 1:07. The Rangers weren’t able to convert on the power play but they did have some good opportunities. It took the Sharks five minutes to get their first shot on Henrik Lundqvist. Patrick Marleau tried to blast it in from the front of the crease in the area of the hash marks. Around the eight minute mark Derick Brassard had a shot from his knee as he was falling off balance but Antti Niemi made the save. Just a few shifts later Martin St. Louis set Mats Zuccarello up for a beautiful attempt that just hit Niemi’s shoulder and didn’t go in the net. At 10:58 Scott Hannan went to the box for tripping Rick Nash. Heart attacks for Ranger fans as the power play started off with a rush at Lundqvist. The Rangers were able to recover the puck and get a shot on Niemi. Then Logan Couture sprinted for the break away and put the Sharks on the board first. After the goal the Rangers kept the puck in the Sharks zone for a VERY long time. There were two icings against the Sharks preventing them from changing lines but you wouldn’t have known they were tired. With just over a minute remaining in the period Carl Hagelin was taken down then got up for a great wrap around attempt and 30 seconds later Brassard was stone-walled by Niemi. The period ended with the Rangers leading in shots 20-11 but leading on the scoreboard; the only place it counts.
The period opened with Ludqvist under heavy pressure. The puck was back and forth as the teams battled. Hagelin had another good opportunity but Niemi was there. Shots were considerably low in the period compared to the opening 20 minutes but there was no lack of action. Derek Stepan took the first Rangers penalty of the game by going to the box at 8:52 for roughing but the Rangers killed it off very well.With about four minutes remaining the Rangers had another close call on a goal thatRyan McDonagh just couldn’t seem to get in the net.In a strange turn of events, Hagelin had another wrap around that went under review. The puck disappeared behind the goal post but there wasn’t enough conclusive evidence to say it was a good goal. Really? What do you think?
There period came to a close with the Rangers still looking to get on the board and being out shot 10-7.
The period got started as you would expect with the Rangers fighting to score. Zuccarello did a really great job drawing a penalty on Joe Thornton. The power play was a flurry of movement and opportunities. Stepan had some good shots and Nash was driving the net and no call came from him being taken down from behind. There were more strong chances for the Rangers than you could count really quickly. The Rangers fought hard to get a goal but Niemi stood on his head, more like he kept his pads sealed, to keep the Rangers off the board. Despite all their efforts, the Rangers could not get the game tied up for the over time period. Niemi played a really great game but Toronto really made it easy for the Sharks in this game.
The Rangers play again on Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators. The game start is set for 7:30pm.