Game 1 started with Marco Sturm (SJ) breaking in alone and backhandind a shot past Mike Dunham (NYR). Sharks 1, Rangers 0.
The Sharks continued their pressure, and the Rangers responded in kind with their own chances that Evgeni Nabokov managed to stop. Anson Carter (NYR) then hooked Teemu Selanne (SJ) in the Rangers' zone, giving the Sharks a powerplay. Vincent Damphousse (SJ) had back-to-back one time shots blocked away, and Teemu Selanne (SJ) had a late powerplay wrist shot denied as well.
Jonathan Cheechoo (SJ) then broke in alone on the far side and skated across the Rangers' crease to the near side, backhanding a shot that Mike Dunham (NYR) dove to save and prevent the Sharks from extending their lead. Alyn McCauley (SJ) then had a chance on his patented backhander that beat Dunham in Game 1
Scott Thornton (SJ) dug the puck out of the corner and wrapped the puck around the net, tricking Mike Dunham (NYR) and slipping the puck into the net. Sharks 2, Rangers 0.
Vincent Damhpousse (SJ) took a pass from Rob Davison (SJ), got past the Ranger defense and crossed the crease with a backhand shot to extend San Jose's lead. Sharks 3, Rangers 0.
Mark Messier (NYR) took an early hooking penalty on Patrick Marleau (SJ). Vincent Damphousse (SJ) then received a pass in the slot that was denied. Teemu Selanne (SJ) skate in and gave a cross-ice feed to Dan McGillis (SJ), who one-timed the shot past Mike Dunham (NYR). Sharks 4, Rangers 0.
The route was on as Vladimir Malakhov (NYR) took an elbowing penalty and gave the Sharks yet another powerplay. The Sharks worked the puck around the zone and Brad Stuart (SJ) sent cross-ice pass to Teemu Selanne (SJ) who buried a one-timer. Sharks 5, Rangers 0.
Not to be completely humiliated, Pavel Bure (NYR) responded with an identical one-timer in the Sharks zone, beating Evgeni Nabokov (SJ). Sharks 5, Rangers 1. Alexei Kovalev (NYR) then took a roughing penalty against Kyle McLaren (SJ), putting the Rangers again on the penalty kill. Patrick Marleau (SJ) broke in, stopped up and shot glove-side on Mike Dunham (NYR), who reached out but saw the puck fall behind him. In the blink of an eye Alexander Korolyuk (SJ) tipped it into the back of the net. Sharks 6, Rangers 1. The Sharks were outshooting the Rangers 26-10 by the 2nd Intermission.
A back-and-forth opening to the 3rd Period saw chances but no goals.
Mark Messier (NYR) took another penalty for hooking to give the Sharks another powperplay. Adam Graves (SJ) had an attempt foiled that saw Mike Dunham (NYR) out of position but Graves overskated the puck.
Brian Leetch (SJ) broke in alone, shot glove-side on Evgeni Nabokov, and buried his own rebound shorthanded. Sharks 6, Rangers 2.
Evgeni Nabokov (SJ) and Mike Dunham (NYR) continued to make saves for their respective teams, with neither team scoring in the final period. Alexei Kovalev (NYR) took another hooking penalty to end the game. The Sharks outshot the Rangers 33-19 and converted on 3/5 powerplays. The following players were selected as the three stars of the game:
3) Vladimir Malakhov (NYR) Registered 0 Goals, 1 Assist and +1
2) Brian Leetch (NYR) Registered 1 Goal, 0 Assists and +0
1) Alexander Korolyuk (SJ) Registered 1 Goal, 1 Assist and +0
New York Rangers 2
San Jose Sharks 6
The Sharks take Game 2 and a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. Game 3 will be in Madison Square Garden, New York, and is scheduled to be broadcast on Tuesday, June 23rd at 7:00PM Pacific Standard Time.