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Rangers 2, Sharks 1 early in 2nd


Michael Sauer's shot through a Brian Boyle screen at 1;16 of the second made it 2-1

In the first half of an intense first period, the Rangers withstood a tremendous charge by the Sharks, as Lundqvist was sharp, stopping Dan Boyle on a cut-in to the slot and Joe Pavelski on a wraparound. Brandon Prust took a shoulder to the mouth from Douglas Murray at 3:58 and then about eight minutes later, challenged Ben Eager. Matt Gilroy went off for hooking at 12:19, and the Rangers fell behind just 11 seconds later on a deflection, similar to the ones that the Ducks benefitted from on Wednesday. After a tip of Boyle’s cross-ice pass by Logan Couture, Ryan Clowe wound up and his high riser from the right side hit Marc Staal’s arm and flew past Lundqvist at 12:30 for a 1-0 lead. Staal has been stung with an uncalled high stick seconds earlier.
Seventeen seconds after the goal, all ten skaters engaged in a scrum behind the Rangers net and Couture went off for goaltender interference. The Rangers couldn’t cash in, the Rangers’ forecheck and cycle started to improve. Ryan Callahan’s pass from behind the net found Anisimov, whose shot was gloved by Niemi, and when Gaborik and Prospal battled the Sharks behind the goal line, Erik Christensen slipped in front to convert Prospal’s pass at 16:57 for the tie. For Christensen, it was his 10th goal, and came after being a healthy scratch for the last two games. Prospal’s assist extended his pint streak to six games, and the Rangers finished with the last six shots of the period.


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