Sharks, With 52 Shots on Goal, Batter Rangers 4-1

The Sharks scored three goals in a 3:20 span of the 3rd period, breaking open a 1-1 game and going on to beat the Rangers, 4-1, Saturday afternoon in San Jose. The Blueshirts finished their West Coast road trip with a 1-1-1 mark, and have now gone 2-4-2 in their last eight games.

Joel Ward scored twice for the Sharks, and Tomas Hertl added three assists.

The Sharks kept the pressure on the New York defense all day, battering the Rangers at nearly a one-shot-per-minute rate, and finished the game with¬†52 shots on goal, the most the Rangers have allowed this season. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist faced 47 shots in 51 minutes, leaving the game after allowing San Jose’s 4th goal.

After a scoreless 1st period, San Jose took a 1-0 lead at the 7:50 mark of the 2nd period on a power play goal from Ward. Dan Boyle tied the goal later in the period at 17:32, taking a pass from Derick Brassard and faking San Jose goalie Martin Jones before putting the puck into the net to make it a 1-1 game. Boyle, a former Shark, has now scored goals against all 30 NHL teams.

In the 3rd period, Joe Thornton put a rebound past Lundqvist at 5:45 to make it 2-1 San Jose. Ward then made it 3-1 at 7:34, taking a pass from Patrick Marleau and scoring, as the puck dribbled past Lundqvist for a goal. Joel Pavelski closed out the scoring, converting a give-and-go with Hertl and scoring his team-leading 33rd of the season at 9:05 to make it 4-1.

The Rangers [now 40-24-8, 88 pts] host the Florida Panthers Monday night at The Garden.