Gauthier, Shesterkin lead Rangers to 2-1 win over Sharks

Nov 19, 2022, 8:37 AM | Updated: 11:28 pm
New York Rangers right wing Julien Gauthier (12) is congratulated after scoring against the San Jos...

New York Rangers right wing Julien Gauthier (12) is congratulated after scoring against the San Jose Sharks during the third period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

              New York Rangers defenseman Zac Jones, left, and San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc (62) look for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              San Jose Sharks right wing Timo Meier (28) skates with the puck next to New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin reaches for the puck after defending against a San Jose Sharks shot during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              New York Rangers center Barclay Goodrow (21) skates with the puck in front of San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              New York Rangers coach Gerard Gallant, back right, gestures to players during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              San Jose Sharks coach David Quinn, top, watches during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              San Jose Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro (38) looks toward the puck in front of New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              San Jose Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro skates with the puck against the New York Rangers during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer, right, watches as the puck passes the side of the net in front of New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin, bottom, and center Ryan Carpenter (22) defend against a shot by San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              New York Rangers defenseman K'Andre Miller passes the puck during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba, left, celebrates with defenseman K'Andre Miller (79) after a goal by  Julien Gauthier during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              New York Rangers right wing Julien Gauthier (12) is congratulated after scoring against the San Jose Sharks during the third period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Julien Gauthier broke a scoreless tie late in the third period and the New York Rangers beat the San Jose Sharks 2-1 Saturday night.

Adam Fox also scored and Igor Shesterkin had 21 saves to help the Rangers win for the third time in five games (3-1-1).

“Obviously it was an important goal today,” Gauthier said. “It was nice to get it going. … We’re building some good chemistry and it was just nice to get rewarded.”

Logan Couture scored for San Jose with 17 seconds left to break up Shesterkin’s shutout bid. James Reimer stopped 41 shots.

“It was a step back tonight,” said Sharks coach David Quinn, who was fired by the Rangers after the 2020-21 season. “(Over) 82 games, you’re gonna have nights off. ‘Okay, let’s see how we respond.’ That’s the key. … But we stunk. … It hasn’t happened in a long time. So, let’s see how we respond on Monday.”

Gauthier got the Rangers on the scoreboard with 6:03 left as he tipped Jacob Trouba’s hard shot from the point past Reimer for his third of the season.

Fox had an empty-netter with 1:07 left to put the Rangers up 2-0. It was his sixth.

“We were a little frustrated, the puck didn’t go in the net. Trust me, but they didn’t lose their focus,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “They kept pushing and pushing because they were playing well, and the chances were there. There were a lot of Grade A chances and Reimer made some great saves.”

Couture, standing on the right doorstep, then got a pass from Tomas Hertl from in front and quickly put it past Shesterkin for his his ninth.

“That’s a really good hockey team over there and we stayed right with them,” Reimer said.

HARD HIT

Sharks forward Nico Sturm went to the locker room after getting boarded by Rangers defenseman Ryan Carpenter late in the first period but returned to the game in the second. Carpenter was issued a two-minute penalty for boarding.

NOTES

Rangers F Barclay Goodrow played at SAP Center for the first time since San Jose traded him to Tampa Bay on Feb. 24, 2020. … Sharks D Mario Ferraro appeared in his 200th NHL game.

UP NEXT

Rangers: At Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Sharks: Host Ottawa on Monday night.

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