After 6 Round Shootout Sharks Drop Another One In Overtime. New York Rangers 3-San Jose 2.

Posted: March 17, 2011 in San Jose Sharks


What’s up sports fans? Is this reality setting in? Sharks lose for the second straight game and Sharks fans might getting a little worried. The reason why is because we’ve heard before from other fans that the Sharks play well and then all of a sudden they collapse and forget why they’re skating. I will say this much Sharks do have resiliency. It took a six round shootout for the New York Rangers to get the win. Brandon Dubinsky got the game winning goal in the six round to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory.  “I figured there’d be a chance for me and my name would come out of the hat at sometime,” Dubinsky said. “It wasn’t a pretty game and they had some chances. We have to be sure to win our games that are left and let the rest league figure it out.”

The loss is a bit of a surprise to San Jose head coach Todd McLellan,  “It’s a little bit of frustration after we played so well in the third period,” said McLellan. “The will and the desire is there. We just couldn’t put it past Lundqvist late.” Sharks did score first. Ryan Clowe scored with 12:30 in the first period with assist from Logan Couture and Danny Boyle. Promblem is New York fired back almost 5 minutes later when Erik Christensen received assists from Vinny Prospal and Marian Goborik. With the game being tied you’d think San Jose would answer that last score and they did, just not right away.

New York did by Micheal Sauer. He scored and the Rangers took the lead. I said San Jose had an answer and they did, at 16:26 in the second period Ben Eager scored with assists from Tory Mitchel and Dan Boyle. In this season you start to think of all the things the Sharks can do well, but after this  game, you start thinking of the things they can’t do well and lately that’s been winning at critcal points of a match when the game is on the line during a shoot out.  “We’re at the point of the season now where a point isn’t good enough,” Boyle said. “We had our chances, for sure. You never know if that point could cost us in the end. Hopefully it doesn’t.” With no score in the third period and no score in OT, A shoot out was imminent, and we did show up.

Dan Boyle scored on a 7 ft. back hand shot that Lundqvist missed or couldn’t see, and San Jose had the lead. New York counters on a shot by Wojtek Wolski, which notted things up again. In the second tie shots by Pavelski, Couture, and Dany Heatley didn’t prevail, but the shot by New Yorks Brandon Dubinsky proved solid, and the Rangers got the win.  San Jose out shot the Rangers 33 to 22 Antti Niemi finished with 20 saves and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 31 saves.  “I really played my game,” Lundqvist said. “We were pretty calm in the third. Their top two lines are really strong, but we had two days to really think about what went wrong the other night in Anaheim. We haven’t had a lot of games where were that flat, but tonight we came out really hard and strong. This game was so important for us. We needed the points.”

Sharks are getting themselves into a hole when you consider the top spot in the Pacific Division, if they don’t watch themselves they could lose that position and make their situation more difficult going into the playoffs. Dubinsky’s shot gave New York the finish it needed to get the win and put them two points ahead of the Sabres and in 7th place.  What was also very interesting is that even though hockey may have been what was appearing to be on everyone’s mind the NHL reminded everyone that on the other side of the world, more important things were on other people’s mind’s. A moment of silence was taken in response to the deadly havoc and devastation that has rocked both China and Japan. Sharks aren’t out of the woods yet or are they? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


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