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Sharks 2, Rangers 3 (OT): Defeat snatched from the jaws of victory

The Sharks’ Eastern road trip faced a hiccup in Manhattan.

Oct 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) defends against San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) during second period at Madison Square Garden. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The second-last game of the Sharks’ long road trip took place in Manhattan wherethe Sharks and Rangers did battle.

Henrik Lundqvist started for the Rangers, and Aaron Dell got his second consecutive start in net for the Sharks.

The game started on a good note when Marcus Sorensen undressed Brady Skjei and wristed one past Lundqvist for an early lead, but the Rangers tied it up from an equally fancy goal by Brett Howden later in the first. After a goal from Joonas Donskoi in the second period, the Sharks looked to be on the road to victory, until Brendan Smith equalized with under two minutes remaining in regulation.

The Rangers rode that momentum to an overtime goal from Brady Skjei, beating Aaron Dell from a tight angle, and just like that the Sharks only got one point out of what feels like should’ve been two.


It’s game day in Rangerstown.

In the penultimate game of the Sharks’ road trip across the northern part of the Eastern seaboard, the Sharks will head to the Madison Square Garden to take on another New York-based team that’s trying to find their identity. This time, it will be the newly-rebuilding New York Rangers, a team that is... not that great.

After a good starting performance in Philly, the Sharks will once again turn to Aaron Dell to lead the Sharks out onto the ice, and they will also keep the same lineup from that night.

Meanwhile, the Rangers will go with their king, Henrik Lundqvist. They’ll be without the services of Kevin Shattenkirk tonight, as a checks notes healthy scratch?

The Blueshirts’ lines will look like this:

Meanwhile, following an overwhelming 8-2 victory in Philly, the Sharks’ lines seem unlikely to change from Thursday night.

Puck drop goes from the World’s Most Famous Arena at 4:00 PDT/7:00 EDT, broadcasting on NBC Sports California. Check back then for live reactions to the game.

First Period

20:00: As the great people who tweet for the Bakersfield Condors would say, DROP THE PUCK!

17:55: Vladislav Namestnikov somehow misses an open net. Kinda a metaphor for this Rangers season so far.

16:53: Kane apparently closed his hand on the puck and will sit for two, or maybe shorter. That’s not particularly great for his penalty differential.

15:45: Great shorthanded attempt from Barclay Goodrow there.


11:44: Dad just audibly observed the amount of odd-man rushes the Rangers seem to be giving up right now.

11:11: Looks like Mika Zibanejad will take a seat for interference. Let’s keep this power play... warm? Yeah, we’ll settle for warm.

7:55: Big hit from Brenden Dillon, and we’re gonna see a... oh, never mind, Jesper Fast wouldn’t drop them.

6:08: Not sure what happened there, but this game’s tied. Looks like Brett Howden shot it between his own legs and it somehow got past Dell.

Hold everything, though, Peter DeBoer’s gonna throw the red flag and challenge this call.

The guys in the music booth have had to replay “Battle Without Honor or Humanity” now. Can we just get a call?

And now they’re playing Enya. Sheesh.

Good goal. And now a Sharks player will be forced to sit.

4:07: Good kill from the boys.

2:56: We almost have a fight, but the zebras break it up before it can begin. Good shot from Evander Kane but Marc Staal gets in his face directly after.

2:37: Erik Karlsson does not agree with a ref on a non-call in the Sharks’ zone.

2:09: Howden nearly had another goal, but it’s broken up by Brent Burns.

0:02: Sorensen so close at the buzzer! Sharks going to start the second period on the power play after a Brendan Smith hook.

END FIRST: Sharks 1, Rangers 1

Second Period

20:00: Let’s start this second period with a man up on the Rangers.

19:43: Logan Couture nearly scores on Lundqvist from the circle, but the King somehow kept it out.

16:48: Lots of good screens being set on that particular shift in the Rangers’ zone. Love it.

15:53: Howden has really been a presence this entire game.

15:01: SHAAAAAARKS GOAL!!!!! The Finnish Friends combine! Antti Suomela and Joonas Donskoi pair up on a 3-on-1 and Suo finds Donskoi at the other circle for the 2-1 lead!

11:00: Sharks have really been showering Lundqvist with shots all game long.

9:30: So close from Suomela! He’s been such a pleasant surprise to watch.

8:50: King Hank just went pretty far out of his net.

7:08: WOW, Hank just robbed Joe Pavelski. “Henrik” chants starting to emanate from the Garden.

3:14: Trainwreck in front of Aaron Dell, but he’s able to keep the puck out.

3:01: Namestikov throws Antti Suomela into the boards after the whistle, but there’s no call for some reason.

2:18: Erik Karlsson has had a lot of good shot opportunities tonight. Hopefully a puck will find its way home.

END SECOND: Sharks 2, Rangers 1

The scoreline shouldn’t be a resemblance of the game. Make no mistake, the Sharks are dominating the Rangers right now.

Looks like Bret Hedican will slide over from the radio broadcast booth for the third period.

Third Period

19:09: Two good chances from the Rangers, but nothing comes of it.

17:38: Feels like the Sharks have been trapped in their zone this whole period.

16:15: Yikes, Brent Burns almost put it in his own net. That was a little nerve racking.

15:14: Rourke Chartier, so close to his first NHL goal!

14:30: Tony DeAngelo will sit down for interference, and the Sharks head to their third power play of the night.

13:34: So far, this power play has pinned the Rangers in their zone, and Henrik Lundqvist has bailed them out every time. Sharks just can’t get anything past him right now.

12:38: Bad turnover from Kevin Labanc, but a great save by Aaron Dell! Sharks need to clean up the passing.

12:00: Uh oh, Tomas Hertl seems hurt. He just threw everything off and hauled it over to the Sharks bench, and was hurried over to the locker room. He seemed to be holding his face.

Looks like a puck got him in the cheekbone.

9:17: Justin Braun with a nice opportunity with Labanc screening Lundqvist, but he makes the stop.

40 shots on goal tonight for the Sharks so far.

8:23: Still no sign of Hertl.

5:20: Something has to be up with the ice here. I’ve seen around four players slip this period alone.

3:00: Did somebody put something in Lundqvist’s Gatorade? He’s been playing tremendously tonight.

2:39: Dell can’t come out fast enough on a Brendan Smith goal, and the Rangers tie the game late.

2:00: Hertl’s back!

1:40: Rangers once again seem to be pinning the Sharks in their own zone.

0:34: Dell can’t find the puck but it hit the post. That was scary.

END REGULATION: Sharks 2, Rangers 2

Sloppy play from the Sharks this period and a Hertl injury spell doom for a regulation win. We’ll have to settle this in overtime.

4:23: Rangers win in overtime.

FINAL: Rangers 3, Sharks 2