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

Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News on

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks got an emotional lift midway through the second period when winger Jeffrey Viel dropped the gloves with Jacob Trouba shortly after the New York Rangers defenseman harassed San Jose’s newly minted all-star, Timo Meier.

The boost didn’t last.

The Sharks, already down by one, gave up a goal to rookie defenseman Braden Schneider early in the third period and never recovered in a 3-0 loss to the Rangers at SAP Center, snapping San Jose’s three-game win streak.

Erik Karlsson’s attempted breakout pass near the Sharks’ blue line was intercepted by Artemi Panarin. The puck found its way to Ryan Strome, who found Schneider open in front and he beat Sharks goalie Adin Hill at the 1:27 mark of the third period for his first goal in his first career NHL game.

Hill had 18 saves in the first two periods as the Sharks, shut out for the fourth time this season, fell 1-1-0 on their four-game homestand that continues Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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

 

The Sharks were also shut out by the Rangers 1-0 on Dec. 3 at Madison Square Garden.

Trouba and Meier had a battle with each other in the Rangers’ zone midway through the second period, injecting some energy in an otherwise average non-conference game.

Trouba was given an interference penalty and Meier was called for cross-checking at the 9:15 mark of the second period as he retaliated to Trouba’s harassment. Viel noticed Trouba’s roughhousing and took on the Rangers’ defenseman on his next shift.

Meier on Thursday was named an All-Star Game participant for the first time in his career, becoming one of the first 10 members of the Pacific Division team for the event, scheduled for Feb. 4-5 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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