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Sharks hold off Rangers to avoid third straight loss

Dec 21, 2008 - 7:12 AM
By Michael Duca PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- Defenseman Dan Boyle and Ryane Clowe scored power-play goals 25 seconds apart in the first period and the San Jose Sharks held on for a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Evgeni Nabokov made 32 saves and captain Patrick Marleau netted the game-winner for the Sharks, who avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season.

"We got the win," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "The special teams were really good, and when we ran out of gas at the end. 'Nabby' hung in there well. We were a determined team, including the last 18 minutes when we had nothing left. We found a way."

Joe Thornton had two assists for San Jose, which has not lost a regular season game in regulation at home since February 14. The Sharks are 17-0-2 at the HP Pavilion this campaign.

Nikolai Zherdev had a shorthanded goal and Ryan Callahan also scored and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots for the Rangers, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

New York entered the contest with the NHL's best penalty-killing unit, but blue-liner Paul Mara and Blair Betts were whistled for infractions early in the first period that put the Rangers in an early hole.

Boyle capitalized on the 5-on-3 advantage just five seconds before New York's first penalty would end. He fired one-timer from the right point past Lundqvist at 4:27 of the first period.

"Our power play got two quick goals," Boyle said. "It was a big reason for the win. Those were two important goals to get off to a good start. We haven't had that many opportunities lately."

The Sharks' power play struck again moments later after Joe Pavelski's jam was blocked by Lundqvist. But Jonathan Cheechoo then backhanded a pass through the crease to Clowe, who had an empty net at the left doorstep.

Zherdev halved the deficit with 9:26 remaining with an unassisted shorthanded goal, capitalizing on Clowe's turnover and firing a shot between Nabokov's pads from above the right circle.

"We were out there for the 4-on-4," Clowe said. "I was covering for Boyle and I pinched when he came back with the puck. I shouldn't have and they got a 2-on-1. Zherdev was in front of me, and just tipped it by me and he was gone."

San Jose regained a two-goal edge at 6:20 of the second when Marleau wristed a shot past Lundqvist after a scramble behind the net left both New York blue-liners, Dan Girardi and Wade Redden, behind the net.

The Rangers cut into the deficit again at 9:56 when Brandon Dubinsky's slap shot rebounded off Nabokov's chest and Callahan backhanded it top shelf while falling down into the crease.

"We did what we could to get ourselves a win here," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "Certainly in the third period, we displayed a little better effort. I thought the other team was a little bit tired.

"San Jose showed they've been on the road for a little while, playing three games in four nights and we were able to take advantage of that but we were not able to solve Nabokov."

New York controlled the play in the final session but failed to get another one past Nabokov, who turned aside 17 shots in the period.

"Nabby played great tonight," Thornton said. "That's the reason we won. He needs to steal some games and he stole this game tonight for us."






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    NY RANGERS 1 1 0 2
    SAN JOSE 2 1 0 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) DAN BOYLE 11 (JOE THORNTON, ROB BLAKE) 4:27
    SAN - RYANE CLOWE 14 (JONATHAN CHEECHOO, JOE PAVELSKI) 4:52
    NYR - (SH) NIKOLAI ZHERDEV 12 (UNASSISTED) 10:34
    2ND PRD: SAN - PATRICK MARLEAU 17 (JOE THORNTON, DEVI

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY RANGERS 1 1 2
    SAN JOSE 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) DAN BOYLE 11 (JOE THORNTON, ROB BLAKE) 4:27
    SAN - RYANE CLOWE 14 (JONATHAN CHEECHOO, JOE PAVELSKI) 4:52
    NYR - (SH) NIKOLAI ZHERDEV 12 (UNASSISTED) 10:34
    2ND PRD: SAN - PATRICK MARLEAU 17 (JOE T

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    NY RANGERS 2
    SAN JOSE 3
    2ND PRD: NYR - RYAN CALLAHAN 9 (BRANDON DUBINSKY) 9:56

    Rangers 2, Sharks 3  2nd - 10:04Dec 20 11:52 PM
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    NY RANGERS 1
    SAN JOSE 3
    2ND PRD: SAN - PATRICK MARLEAU 17 (JOE THORNTON, DEVIN SETOGUCHI) 6:20

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY RANGERS 1 1
    SAN JOSE 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) DAN BOYLE 11 (JOE THORNTON, ROB BLAKE) 4:27
    SAN - RYANE CLOWE 14 (JONATHAN CHEECHOO, JOE PAVELSKI) 4:52
    NYR - (SH) NIKOLAI ZHERDEV 12 (UNASSISTED) 10:34
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    NY RANGERS 1
    SAN JOSE 2
    1ST PRD: NYR - (SH) NIKOLAI ZHERDEV 12 (UNASSISTED) 10:34

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    NY RANGERS 0
    SAN JOSE 2
    1ST PRD: SAN - RYANE CLOWE 14 (JONATHAN CHEECHOO, JOE PAVELSKI) 4:52

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    NY RANGERS 0
    SAN JOSE 1
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) DAN BOYLE 11 (JOE THORNTON, ROB BLAKE) 4:27
    (TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE) (WITH EXTRA ATTACKER)

    Rangers 0, Sharks 1  1st - 15:33Dec 20 10:48 PM
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