Sharks 7, Rangers 3
It sure seemed as though the New York
Playing at home with an early two-goal lead against a West Coast team on a long road trip, the signs certainly suggested it was going to be another good night for the NHL’s hottest team.
“We showed a little bit of our character,” winning goalie
Two weeks ago in Los Angeles, the
“We don’t want to put ourselves in that situation very often, but when we do we know we’ve got the firepower that can come back and put the puck in the net,” defenseman
Valiquette didn’t make it out for the third period, replaced by No. 1 netminder
“I don’t really have an answer for you as far as why that went the way it did,” Valiquette said. “I’m definitely angry and upset that I was a part of our team not winning the hockey game and keeping our streak going.”
Lundqvist gave up
New York (7-2) hadn’t lost since a season-opening defeat at Pittsburgh, but despite the winning streak coach John Tortorella expressed concerns about his club.
“We have some things to work on,” Tortorella said. “The first two periods, we weren’t as bad as what the score was at that point. I don’t think we were terrible.”
San Jose went 2 for 7 on the power play.
“They’re a good team, no question, but we scored big goals at key times and took over the momentum,” Heatley said.
Setoguchi started the season with a flourish, posting four goals and five points in San Jose’s first four games. After three consecutive pointless efforts, Setoguchi bounced back with three goals in two games. He moved into a tie with Marleau for the team lead with seven goals, one more than Heatley.
“To go down 2-0 and come back bang-bang … that was big,” Heatley said. “If after the first you’re down one or two that changes things.”
Ortmeyer made it 3-2 at 1:19 of the second, and Setoguchi scored his first during another man-advantage at 6:05.
Setoguchi pushed the lead to 5-2 by converting Marleau’s cross-ice pass past Valiquette with 2:39 left in the second.
Drury and Del Zotto scored 1:17 apart to give New York a 2-0 lead at 8:34 of the first.
NOTES: New York hasn’t won eight straight since Dec. 27, 1974-Jan. 11, 1975. … The