SAN JOSE – All week the Rangers had been making an attempt to latch onto any shred of positivity amid all of the errors that had been made in losses all through the primary three recreation of this arduous street journey.
For a lot of the final month issues have regarded bleak for the Blueshirts however they have been capable of keep away from a winless street journey, taking a 6-5 victory over the Sharks with them into the All-Star break.
Ryan McDonagh, who had zero targets by means of 44 video games, scored twice within the span of 1:12 within the second interval to place the Rangers forward Four-Three.
The Rangers (25-20-5) fell behind within the first interval and once more early within the second, however a three-goal surge with one every at even power, on the ability play and shorthanded to take a 5-Three lead. Marc-Edouard Vlasic made it a one-goal recreation with 9:09 left, however J.T. Miller made it 6-Four with 1:50 remaining.
With San Jose’s internet empty, Tomas Hertl scored with 49.7 seconds left however the Rangers held on.
After making two backbreaking turnovers Tuesday in Anaheim the place he was benched for the ultimate two intervals, Miller shifted again to wing and had a purpose and two assists.
“On the finish of the day, you may X-and-O it as a lot as you need, however I believe I consider myself fairly pretty and I do know that is not adequate,” Miller stated earlier than Thursday’s recreation of his first interval in Anaheim. “I am not stunned by what occurred.”
Alain Vigneault stated Miller dealt with his benching professionally and arrived on the rink Thursday morning centered.
“J.T. does lots of good issues on the ice, however typically he places himself in just a little little bit of bother with choices with the puck,” Vigneault stated. “Simply must take the high-percentage street and he’ll be in fine condition.”
McDonagh’s first got here at 11:04 of the second when he buried Kevin Hayes’ slot-line saucer. Hayes, who returned to the lineup after lacking the earlier six video games with a leg contusion, scored the primary purpose of the sport 5:45 in.
At 12:16 of the second McDonagh’s shot from the blue line on an influence play discovered its method by means of site visitors. He grew to become the primary Rangers defenseman to attain twice in 72 or fewer seconds since James Patrick netted two targets in 11 seconds in opposition to the Devils on March. 25, 1986, per the Elias Sports activities Bureau.
A foul change by Brendan Smith and Ondrej Pavelec coming off the proper submit led to Barclay Goodrow scoring one minute after Hayes to tie the sport within the first. About 4 minutes later Logan Couture obtained away with a clip of Tony DeAngelo after which scored. Couture potted his second to place the Sharks up Three-2 after Jesper Quick had tied the sport late within the first.
The Rangers claimed fourth-line ahead Cody McLeod off waivers from the Predators. Daniel Catenacci was despatched again to AHL Hartford in a corresponding transfer.