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Reimer Rallies Back, But Rangers Edge Sharks 2-1



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The San Jose Sharks welcome the New York Rangers to SAP Center. James Reimer rallied back after his Thursday night missteps, but the Sharks let him down this time, as a late Logan Couture goal wasn’t enough and the Sharks lost 2-1.

Period 1

2 in: Zibanejad just pounding away like a cannon on delayed penalty. Reimer looks sharp at least to start.

Strong Sharks PK, led by Couture and company.

6 in: Whoops. Couture passes back from NZ to Vlasic, but Ranger almost picks it off, icing results. That’s a wasted shift.

8 in: Ferraro takes it from Lafreniere with authority. Like.

9 left: Confident stretch pass by Cicek. I personally think you keep him up for that, Sharks could use better puckmoving from backend. Defense needs work, but there’s promise there.

8 left: Sturm just bullies Fox up top. Later hits Kunin for a partial breakaway. Really enjoy watching him play.

7 left: Vlasic and Benning get worked a little by Rangers’ Kid Line. Reimer sprawling everywhere in this game, credit to him for bouncing back, but Sharks have to cut down chances against, quiet down his play.

That’s a board. Losing Sturm would be a blow to the San Jose Sharks. He may be playing a little over his head at 3C, but in my mind, he’s usually been the best player on his line. They need him.

San Jose Sharks need to generate more though, NYR 4-1 Slot Shots at Even Strength. Big power play spot to start middle frame for Sharks.

Period 2

Ugly Sharks PP to start. 30-second stretch, they didn’t even touch puck. One great Hertl chance down the slot, but otherwise, awful, unfocused puck movement. One example: Meier tries to return it to Barabanov manning wall/point, too much heat, goes out of zone. Meier knows, he looks up in frustration.

5 in: Good shift by Sturm line, Sturm centers it for a Bonino backhand in slot.

Here’s a possible momentum shift though: Meier doesn’t like that OZ holding call. But he sits, big kill, just as San Jose Sharks were starting to generate offense.

6 in: Ooh Zibanejad heels a gimme one-timer. Rangers PP moving the puck well, tagged a post. Sharks survive it.

Bonino penalty: Rangers PP was coming last time around, let’s see if they keep it going. Bonino, like Meier, doesn’t like this hold call either.

Sloppy by Panarin to lose it at line at the end of his PP shift. But once again, San Jose Sharks PK prevails.

2 left: Big save by Reimer off 2-on-1, Kakko.

1 left: Sturm on forecheck almost takes it off Trouba. He’s had a game.

Period 3

3 in: Ferraro loses it to Panarin in NZ, gets it back. Love the effort.

10 in: San Jose Sharks still have no shots in this period. Karlsson just missed a stretch pass to Hertl, a hard one for any other player, that EK65 makes 95 of 100 times. By his high standard this year, not his sharpest game.

Gauthier goal: It was coming, Rangers had outshot Sharks 12-1 up to this point in the period. Not super-dangerous stuff, but Sharks’ offense just hasn’t been sharp.

3 left: What a save by Reimer on Vesey!

Karlsson giveaway seals it. Rangers ENG. Like I said, not his finest game.

Couture goal: Just Sharks’ third shot in the period.

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