NEW YORK -- Chris Kreider scored his third goal of the season, and Jimmy Vesey scored his first NHL goal as the New York Rangers held off the San Jose Sharks 7-4 Monday night at Madison Square ...
NEW YORK -- Chris Kreider scored his third goal of the season, and Jimmy Vesey scored his first NHL goal as the New York Rangers held off the San Jose Sharks 7-4 Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
Kreider has a goal and an assist in each of his first three games this season. Vesey was held without a point in his first two games before scoring the Rangers' fifth goal late in the third period, which turned out to be the winner.
Mats Zuccarello, who also had two assists, added an empty-net goal with 1:36 remaining to seal the win. Michael Grabner also scored into an empty net with 6.8 seconds remaining.
Marc Staal, Kevin Hayes and Rick Nash also scored from the Rangers, who received 27 saves from Antti Raanta in his first appearance of the season.
Brent Burns scored a pair of third-period goals and assisted on another by Joe Pavelski, who also had three assists, to help the Sharks crawl back after falling behind 5-2 with less than eight minutes remaining.
Logan Couture scored a power-play goal for his second of the season. Goaltender Martin Jones stopped 22 shots in a losing cause for his first loss in three starts this season.
Staal's one-time rip from just above the faceoff circle put the Rangers ahead 1-0 at 12:06 of the first period. Derek Stepan wheeled out of the corner and threaded the puck for the Staal blast that whipped past a screened Jones.
Couture evened the score at 1 with a five-on-three power-play goal in the final minute of the period. The Rangers nearly scored short-handed but the Sharks dodged a bullet on the counter-attack as Pavelski hit Couture on the doorstep for the easy finish.
The Rangers scored twice in the second period, as Jones allowed a pair of shaky goals.
Nash restored the lead with his first goal of the season at 4:15. With the Sharks disorganized in their own zone, Ryan McDonagh fired the puck from the blue line. The shot went wide, but the puck kicked off the boards to Nash, who tucked it under a discombobulated Jones to make it 2-1.
Kreider extended the lead to 3-1 at 10:21 with a laser of a shot, although it came from a sharp angle. He took an entry pass from McDonagh and snapped a hard shot from the left-wing boards that got past Jones, who dropped down too early.
NOTES: The Sharks scratched LW Micheal Haley, D Dylan DeMelo and C Ryan Carpenter. ... The Sharks used the same lineup as in their first two games. ... Rangers LW Michael Grabner played his 400th career NHL game. ... The Rangers were without D Dan Girardi (hip flexor) and D Kevin Klein (back spasms). Klein is expected to practice Tuesday and could make his season debut against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. Girardi is day to day. ... Rangers LW Pavel Buchnevich missed his first game with back spasms. ... Rangers D Dylan McIlrath and C Josh Jooris made their season debuts.