Two late goals lift Rangers past Sharks 2-1

The New York Rangers defenseman Ryan Carpenter (22) puts a hold on the San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) who looks for the puck, in front Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) at the SAP Center in San Jose on Sat Nov 19, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, November 19, 2022

A goal by Julien Gauthier late in the third period broke a scoreless tie, eventually helping the New York Rangers earn a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks Saturday at SAP Center.

It was the Rangers’ third win in their last five games, going 3-1-1 in that span.

Gauthier lit the lamp with 6:03 remaining in the third period, tipping a shot by Jacob Trouba from the point and steering it past Sharks goaltender James Reimer. It was Gauthier’s third goal of the season.

With Reimer pulled in favor of a sixth attacker, Adam Fox picked up an empty-net tally at 18:53, giving the Rangers a 2-0 lead.

Logan Couture scored for the Sharks at 19:43, breaking up Igor Shesterkin’s bid for a shutout. Couture was positioned at the right of the crease, where he took a pass from Tomas Hertl and beat Shesterkin with a wrist shot for his ninth goal.

Shesterkin stopped 21 of 22 San Jose shots, while Reimer made 42 saves.

San Jose forward Nico Sturm left the game late in the first period after being boarded by Rangers defenseman Ryan Carpenter, but returned in the second period. Carpenter received a 2-minute minor for the infraction.

Former San Jose forward Barclay Goodrow of the Rangers made his first appearance at SAP Center since the Sharks traded him to Tampa Bay in February of 2020. And Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro reached the personal milestone of 200 NHL games played.

The Sharks host the Ottawa Senators on Monday nigh for a 7:30 pm.

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