NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 11: Marc Staal #18 Michael Sauer #38 Ruslan Fedotenko #19 and Brandon Prust #8 of the New York rangers celebrate Fedotenko's first period goal against the Buffalo Sabres of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on November 11 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Rangers 3, Sharks 2 (SO): Dubinsky Nets Winner For New York

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) – Brandon Dubinsky scored in the sixth round of the shootout, lifting the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves and performed well in the shootout for the Rangers, who have won three of four. Erik Christensen and Mike Sauer scored in regulation.

Antti Niemi turned aside 20 shots for the Sharks, who were coming off Thursday’s shootout loss to Vancouver. Ryane Clowe and Ben Eager lit the lamp.

San Jose’s Dan Boyle began the second round with a delayed backhander over Lundqvist, but the Rangers stayed alive when Wojtek Wolski snapped a quick shot by Niemi to end the third round.

Lundqvist stopped the next three San Jose shooters, making saves on 5-of-6 in all, to enable Dubinsky’s game-winning wrister.

San Jose got on the board with 7:30 left in the opening period, during a power play. Clowe one-timed Logan Couture’s pass from above the right circle, and the puck got past a Rangers defender before sailing over Lundqvist.

Later in the period, Christensen sneaked through the San Jose defense for a quick one-timer from the front edge of the crease, tying the game with 3:03 left.

Sauer got off a successful wrister from the slot 1:16 into the second period, despite hitting Clowe’s skates during his follow-through.

Eager, though, tipped in Torrey Mitchell’s blast from the left point, making it a 2-2 game with 3:34 remaining in the middle frame.

Niemi needed to make only three saves in the third period, while Lundqvist stopped 12 shots before turning aside three in overtime.

The Rangers return home to host the Islanders on Tuesday.


Final - 3.12.2011 1 2 3 OT SO Total
New York Rangers 1 1 0 0 1 3
San Jose Sharks 1 1 0 0 0 2

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New York Rangers At San Jose Sharks: Rangers Need A Big Win Over Hot Sharks

With only 13 games left in the regular season for the New York Rangers, every game will be tabbed a "must win."

The Rangers blew an opportunity to kick off their Western road trip on a positive note, by coming out flat and subsequently getting crushed by the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. 

Unfortunately for New York, the road doesn't get any easier tonight. The Rangers will take on the San Jose Sharks on the road tonight, in their second game of this Western road trip. 

The Sharks pose an immense test for the Rangers, who need the two points on the table badly. San Jose is first in the Pacific Division and have 85 points so far this season. They are also coming into the game red-hot, going 8-1-1 in their last 10. 

If the Hurricanes win and the Rangers lose then Carolina will tie the Rangers in points. New York would still hold eighth place however, due to having more wins than the Hurricanes (the first tiebreaker after points) so far this season.

Notes: 

 

  • Henrik Lundqvist is expected to get the starting nod for the Rangers tonight. 
  • Both New Jersey and Carolina play tonight, the Rangers would love nothing more then to see both teams take regulation losses. Of course the Devils are playing the Atlanta Thrashers, so that game will act as a double edged sword for the Rangers playoff chances regardless of what happens. 




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