Sharks get a lift from second-period battle, nonetheless can’t rating towards Rangers

Sharks get a boost from second-period fight, still can’t score against Rangers

The Sharks bought an emotional raise halfway by way of the second interval when winger Jeffrey Viel dropped the gloves with Jacob Trouba shortly after the Rangers defenseman harassed San Jose’s newly minted all-star, Timo Meier.

The enhance didn’t final.

The Sharks, already down by one, gave up a objective to rookie defenseman Braden Schneider early within the third interval and by no means recovered in a 3-0 loss to the Rangers at SAP Heart, snapping San Jose’s three-game win streak.

Erik Karlsson’s tried breakout go close to the Sharks’ blue line was intercepted by Artemi Panarin. The puck discovered its method to Ryan Strome, who discovered Schneider open in entrance and he beat Sharks goalie Adin Hill on the 1:27 mark of the third interval for his first objective in his first profession NHL recreation.

Hill had 18 saves within the first two intervals because the Sharks, shut out for the fourth time this season, fell 1-1-0 on their four-game homestand that continues Saturday towards the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Chris Kreider scored twice for New York, together with an empty-net objective with lower than a minute left in regulation time. Igor Shesterkin had 37 saves within the Rangers’ win.

The Sharks have been additionally shut out by the Rangers 1-0 on Dec. 3 at Madison Sq. Backyard.

Trouba and Meier had a battle with one another within the Rangers’ zone halfway by way of the second interval, injecting some vitality in an in any other case common non-conference recreation.

Trouba was given an interference penalty and Meier was known as for cross-checking on the 9:15 mark of the second interval as he retaliated to Trouba’s harassment. Viel observed Trouba’s roughhousing and took on the Rangers’ defenseman on his subsequent shift.

Meier on Thursday was named an All-Star Sport participant for the primary time in his profession, turning into one of many first 10 members of the Pacific Division workforce for the occasion, scheduled for Feb. 4-5 at T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas.

Meier, 25, entered Thursday with 39 factors in 32 video games, already eclipsing his totals from final season when he had 31 factors in 54 video games.

Meier and the Sharks might have been on the lookout for a spark after the Rangers took a 1-0 lead within the first interval.

With Strome serving a cross-checking penalty, the Sharks went on to permit their sixth shorthanded objective of the season on the 10:25 mark, as Chris Kreider took a go from Mika Zibanejad and beat Hill and scored his twenty second of the season.

The Sharks have been with out winger Alexander Barabanov, who entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Wednesday. However additionally they welcomed again heart Nick Bonino from the protocol and winger Rudolfs Balcers from a lower-body harm.

Bonino flew from Philadelphia into the Bay Space early Thursday morning and accomplished his five-day isolation, and he and Sharks coach Bob Boughner decided he was able to play once more.

Bonino, 33, had seven factors in 35 video games earlier than Thursday however performs in all conditions and is averaging near 17 minutes of ice time per recreation. He’s additionally second on the Sharks in defensive zone faceoffs with 207, behind Hertl’s 247.

“He needs to play and I simply need to see how he feels,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner mentioned of Bonino on Thursday morning. “Clearly if he does play, then we’ve bought to handle his recreation or his ice time slightly bit. He hasn’t actually had an opportunity to work out or get on the ice within the final six days.”

Balcers had been out of the lineup since Dec. 3 when he was injured in a recreation towards the Rangers at Madison Sq. Backyard.

Boughner mentioned assistant coach John MacLean, who entered protocol a day after Bonino and remained in Philadelphia, will likely be flying again to California on Friday.

Dan Darrow, the Sharks’ video coach, is isolating in San Jose however stays concerned in numerous elements of game-planning, Boughner mentioned, including that Barracuda video coach Nick Gialdini has taken over Darrow’s onsite duties.