The San Jose Sharks' early-season schedule included two trips to the East Coast. And while the campaign is less than a month old, coach Peter DeBoer is pleased with the results so far.
Looking to continue that success on the West Coast, the Sharks kick off an extended stretch at home on Tuesday night when they meet the struggling New York Rangers for the final time this season.
San Jose (6-3-2) went 2-2-1 on a trip that included its annual visit to the New York metro area from Oct. 5-14, and an overtime loss to New York at Madison Square Garden. The Sharks are back at SAP Center after a 2-0-1 swing that featured a win over the Nashville Predators and an overtime loss to the surprising Carolina Hurricanes last week.
Over the last five games, the Sharks have picked up nine of a possible 10 points to move atop the Pacific Division.
The Rangers dropped to 0-2-0 on a four-game road trip after falling 4-3 to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. New York (3-7-1), which squandered a two-goal lead, tied it in the third period before allowing Alec Martinez's goal with 55 seconds to play.
"At the end of the day, we've got to stop beating ourselves," first-year coach David Quinn said. "It's hard enough in this league to beat teams without beating yourself."
On Oct. 11, the Rangers erased a pair of one-goal deficits and topped the Sharks, 3-2, on Brady Skjei's goal 37 seconds into overtime. >> Read more
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