The Rangers came dangerously close to letting two points slip through the cracks Tuesday night, but managed to escape with a 4-3 shootout win over the Sharks.
Chris Kreider scored two goals in the third period, each giving the Rangers the lead, but Sharks' Tomas Hertl tied the game with 1.3 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. The Rangers managed to salvage the game in the shootout, 1-0, courtesy of Kevin Shattenkirk. >> Box score
- 3:22 SJS Brent Burns; Assist: Marcus Sorenson
- 4:21 Mats Zuccarello' Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk
No goals scored.
- 1:13 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Brady Skjei, Kevin Hayes
- 8:14 SJS Timo Meier; Assists: Brent Burns
- 10:05 NYR Chris Kreider, Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad
- 19:58 SJS Tomas Hertl; Assists: Logan Couture, Timo Meier
No goals scored.
Rangers 1, Sharks 0
- This was a wild one with the Sharks and when they scored that early goal I was beginning to have flashbacks to that night early in Alain Vigneault's first season where Tomas Hertl pretty much put Marty Biron into retirement.
- That quick response though from Mats Zuccarello was big and helped set the tone for a good rest of the period from the Rangers.
- Overall, this was the kind of response and work ethic that the Rangers wanted to see on Sunday in LA. They were in a position to win against the Kings but did not play up to where they can. Last night wasn't perfect but showed the same kind of fight, work ethic and response that hasn't led to a lot of wins so far this season but has kept the Rangers competitive. Last night should kind of be the floor for how the Rangers need to play.
- Henrik Lundqvist has been outstanding this season and kept the Rangers in more games than they probably deserve to be in and it's crushing to see his reaction to the Hertl goal and then him staying on the ice after Brent Burns put forth a great chance with time running out in OT. He has been more than up to the task of leading this group and that is all the Rangers can ask out of him.
The Rangers conclude their road trip on Thursday in Anaheim against the Ducks at 10 p.m.