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San Jose Host New York Rangers

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks

Rangers win 3-2 after a six round shootout.

12) Dubinsky - the wrister found it's way through for the deciding shot.
11)  Heatley - tried getting the backhander up, but Lundqvist was on it.
10) Callahan - Niemi spread down on the ice and took away any angle to the glove side.
9) Couture - his wrister was stopped.
8) Anisimov - puck moved outside the post.
7) Pavelski - wrister was blocked.
6) Wolski - went low to find the back of the net.
5) Clowe - wrist shot was turned away.
4) Zuccarello - deked stick side, but did not get a shot off.
3) Boyle - came in slower than cold syrup and roofed it upstairs.
2) Chistensen - poke checked by Antti Niemi with no shot.
1) Marleau - stopped stick side.

For the second time in as many games, HP Pavilion fans would see a shootout.

With a faceoff in the attacking zone, Todd McLellan used his timeout for a final effort before a shootout.

Tremendous pressure by San Jose forced the Rangers to burn their timeout and regroup.

After a big Antti Niemi save, Joe Pavelski danced around a Rangers blueliner to create a 3-on-1, but shot was stopped.

The four-on-four play began.

Funny moment as a scrum ensued at the conclusion of regulation and the ref's mic appeared to be on when he was breaking things up.

Nothing decided yet as a two-on-one with Torrey Mitchell and Ben Eager didn't connect.

Ryane Clowe was just put to the ice, but it took to Rangers to do it.  No roughing penalty was called even though Clowe did not have the puck.

Devin Setoguchi almost connected at the end of a Sharks power play, but the man advantage could not provide the lead.

Critical save by Antti Niemi on Brandon Dubinsky as the Ranger forward snuck behind the defense.

No action from the remaining four-on-four time as the game was still tied at two.

Like most Sharks games this year, this battle was to be decided in the final portion of the game.

4V4 time for the final minute of the second period.

Ben Eager tied the contest.  Torrey Mitchell launched a rocket from the blueline and Ben Eager used his deft hands out front to tip it in.

Justin Braun played the hero.  A shot found its way behind Antii Niemi and was clearly headed across the line.  Braun reached in and pulled the puck to safety.

San Jose had a power play opportunity, but had a tough time setting up against the very agressive Rangers penalty killing unit. 

New York took the lead on a shot from Michael Sauer in the high slot.  It was just Sauer's second goal of the year.

Original Sharks player Mike Sullivan is an assistant coach for the Rangers.

Both teams had quality scoring chances in the final minute of the first, but the game remained tied at one.  San Jose dominated the faceoff dots 75 percent to 25 percent.

An extended shift by the Rangers resulted in a quick shot and goal down low by Erik Christensen and the game was tied 1-1.

A five-on-five skirmish was going on.  No one was able to start landing punches, but it began was Ryan McDonagh tried taking liberties with Logan Couture on the ice and Ryane Clowe stepped in.  Somehow the only penalty went to Couture for goaltender interference.

San Jose had the game's first power play and they scored 11 seconds into it.  Ryane Clowe launched a slapper from the point and it deflected off Marc Stall and past Lundqvist.

Ben Eager and Brandon Prust decided to entertain the fans with a scrap.  They ended up tying each other up for the most part.

Nice stop by Antti Niemi on Brandon Dubinsky in close.
Referee Bill McCreary was doing his last regular season game at HP Pavilion and was given a nice announcement and salute on the video board.

Dan Boyle put a shot on net and received well deserved applause from the home crowd.

Play had to be stopped with the Sharks attacking as Brandon Prust found himself on the ice after he tried to hit Douglas Murray.  Prust was able to stay in the game.

Both clubs banged bodies earliy in the first few shifts.

Stellar goaltending matchup with Antti Niemi and Henrik Lundqvist.

San Jose started Logan Couture, Dany Heatley and Ryane Clowe up front with Niclas Wallin and Ian White on the blueline.

Dan Boyle was out for the pregame warmups and made Todd McLellan's roster.  San Jose would dress 7 defensemen and Andrew Desjardins would be out of the lineup.

Nice signs that said Happy Birthday Douglas Murray.
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