For the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers, eight meant different things in their previous games.
The Sharks totaled eight goals in their first regulation win of the young season while the Rangers allowed eight in falling to 0-3-0.
On Thursday, the teams will get together at Madison Square Garden where the Sharks will hope to keep the goals flowing while the Rangers will hope to avoid another ugly loss.
The Sharks (2-2-0) are heading back to New York following a dynamic 8-2 win in Philadelphia on Tuesday. After getting 35 shots on goal in Monday's 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders, San Jose saw 13 players get at least one point.
"Sometimes that back-to-back game, you feel better for whatever reason," Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said. "You should be a little tired, but it woke our legs up a little bit. We moved a lot better, passing was cleaner.
Pavelski and Evander Kane registered two goals and two assists apiece while playing on different lines after opening training camp as linemates. Pavelski scored the second and third goals while Kane netted the next two.
"It's early enough in the season where those back-to-back games aren't as bad," Kane said. "It was good to get a bunch of different guys on the board after getting shut out yesterday afternoon." >> Read more
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