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Sharks can't muster any offense in 1-0 loss to Rangers

Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News on

Published in Hockey

The Sharks received the same level of goaltending Friday night at Madison Square Garden as they did earlier in their road trip in wins over the Chicago Blackhawks, New Jersey Devils, and New York Islanders.

They just didn’t have the offense.

The Sharks were unable to beat Igor Shesterkin through the first 48 minutes or Alexandar Georgiev for the rest of regulation time in a 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers.

Shesterkin made 19 saves before he was injured with 14:52 left in the third period. Georgiev came on in relief and made nine saves as the Sharks lost for the second time in the last seven games.

Sharks goalie Adin Hill, starting for the second consecutive night, stopped 15 of 16 shots through the first two periods and finished with 26 saves.

But the Sharks were unable to convert on a handful of high danger chances and went 0 for 2 on the power play to fall to 3-1-0 on their road trip that ends Sunday in Columbus.

The Sharks were looking for their-ever first sweep of the New York-area teams on the same road trip. San Jose beat the Devils, 5-2, on Tuesday and the Islanders, 2-1, in overtime on Thursday. They began the trip with a 2-0 win over the Blackhawks.

 

In those three games, Sharks goalies Hill and James Reimer combined to stop 85 of 88 shots.

Reimer might have been expected to start Friday but was not feeling well, coach Bob Boughner said before the game. Reimer, though, could be an option to play Sunday.

Hill stopped nine of 10 shots in the first period as the Sharks trailed the Rangers 1-0 after 20 minutes on a power play goal by Ryan Strome.

With Noah Gregor serving a goaltender interference penalty, the Sharks had two chances to clear the puck before it found its way to Mika Zibanejad. He found Adam Fox at the point, and he fed Strome, who ripped a slap shot past Hill at the 6:03 mark of the first.

Hill made 24 saves in the Sharks’ 2-1 overtime win over the New York Islanders on Thursday, his first victory since Nov. 9 when San Jose beat the Calgary Flames 4-1.

The Rangers entered Friday with wins in eight of their last nine games. Their only regulation loss in eight games at the Garden this season came Oct. 25 against Calgary.

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