Three takeaways from Sharks' 7-4 loss at Rangers
Big Apple blues
In their first loss of the season, the Sharks got spanked by the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday, 7-4. San Jose fell to 2-1-0 on the season, and has split the first two games of a five-game road trip...
Defensive zone errors
As Brent Burns put it, the Rangers had some “easy” goals. Just before his score that put New York ahead to stay in the second period, Rick Nash was somehow left all alone in front of the net with no Sharks within 10 feet of him. After San Jose brought it back to within 3-2, a couple more breakdowns in their own zone wiped out any thoughts of a third period comeback. It was the sort of sloppiness that we simply didn’t see in the second half of last season or the playoffs.
Special teams problems
The Sharks have one power play goal in each of their first three games, but one was into an empty net on Saturday, and the other was on a two-man advantage in the first period against New York. The top unit, so vital to the Sharks’ success, doesn’t seem to be on the same page yet, and the Sharks squandered two chances in the second period when trailing, 3-1. The penalty kill has given up one goal in each of the Sharks’ three games, too, and is just 3-for-6 on the season.
More offense, and no surrender
Despite giving up a touchdown, the Sharks did keep up the fight even when they were down by three goals with less than eight minutes to go. Joe Pavelski got his first goal of the season on a deflection and added three assists, while Burns potted one goal and two assists and leads the team with six points (3g, 3a). “There’s no quitting in this room,” Pavelski said. “We know that. We know that about each other.”