The Rangers offense finally breaks open to get past the Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Too many times the Rangers have let their frustrations get the best of them when they’re not scoring, but not Saturday night against the Sharks.
The final score was not indicative of how this one went. The only three goals of the game were scored in the last six minutes of regulation. But it was Julien Gauthier who broke through for the Rangers first, deflecting a hard shot from Jacob Trouba to propel the Rangers to a 2-1 victory over San Jose at the SAP Center.
Gauthier, who the Rangers appear to have committed to by playing him in 10+ games to clear his waiver-exempt status, has done all the right things since being recalled from AHL Hartford. Even when he was with the wolf pack, the 25-year-old had the right attitude and mindset.
Now, Gauthier provided the Rangers with a key goal in a game they desperately needed.
“The American Hockey League is not where you want to be,” said Gauthier, who now has three goals and one assist in 11 games this season. “I thought I had a good camp, too. It’s fun to get back in the lineup and be a regular and contribute and help the team. We’re on a good page, we’re on a good roll, myself included. We just have to keep it going.” .
After Gauthier put the Rangers ahead, Adam Fox scored an empty-netter that eventually turned out to be the game-winner. The Sharks’ Logan Couture made it a one-goal game with 15.7 seconds left, but there wasn’t enough time for San Jose to score another.
The Rangers were in control of this game for most of the 60 minutes, but there were seemingly barricades on both goals that prevented either team from getting the puck. five lately It can be moved. It can be erratic. It may be out of sync. Sometimes there is no flow. Still, the chances are there, but finding the back of the net hasn’t been so easy.
The power play generates a fair share of his quality chances and when faced with top-tier penalty units like the Sharks and their NHL-leading 92 percent PK, he struggles to fool them. The Rangers went 0-for-3 with the man advantage, marking the eighth game without a power-play goal so far this season.
When Rangers have struggled to score of late, they have occasionally drifted off their game. It was encouraging to see the team continue to skate at the level they started the competition with and carried it through the rest of regulation.
“When it’s 0-0, the way we played, you could feel how [the Sharks] we were going to get one of those deflection goals,” Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant said. “That’s what it felt like off the bench. when [Gauthier’s goal] came in, it was a great relief for us. We played 60 minutes, so I was happy about that.”
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