Kyle McLaren (SJ) had an early chance that was somehow denied by Mike Dunham (NYR), then Mclaren broke in alone again and, on an identical move, was again denied by Dunham. Sharks 0, Rangers 0.
The Sharks outshot the Rangers 6-1, but neither team converted in the opening period.
After the opening faceoff, Petr Nedved (NYR) spotted Mark Messier (NYR) streaking to the Sharks' net and threaded the needle with a pass that Messier shot past an outstretched Evgeni Nabokov (SJ). Rangers 1, Sharks 0.
The Sharks attempted to pressure Mike Dunham (NYR) for the tying goal, but their ineffectual attempts were summarily denied. The Sharks managed to hold off the Ranger chances simultaneously, until Mike Rathje (SJ) took a hooking penalty to give the Rangers their first powerplay opportunity of the game. Shortly afterward, however, Vladimir Malakov (NYR) took a hooking penalty against Brad Stuart (SJ) to nullify the powerplay for a 4-on-4. The Sharks were unable to convert on the short-lived 20 second powerplay.
Alexei Kovalev (NYR) then broke in alone and, while being hooked, slipped the puck past the pad of Evgeni Nabokov (SJ) for the largest Ranger lead of the series. Rangers 2, Sharks 0.
Sharks Captain Patrick Marleau immediately responded by breaking in and familiarly backhanding the puck past the glove of Mike Dunham to cut the Ranger lead. Rangers 2, Sharks 1.
The Rangers were outshooting the Sharks 11-9 by the 2nd Intermission.
Petr Nedved (NYR) and Mark Messier (NYR) had back-to-back shots stuffed by Evgeni Nabokov (SJ) to keep the score close. Even when Nabokov gave the puck away to Mark Messier right in front of the net, Nabokov managed to recover.
Scott Hannan (SJ) pinched from the point and received a pass in front of Mike Dunham (NYR) that Hannan one-timed, but Dunham blockered it away to the corner. Marco Sturm (SJ) and Patrick Marleau (SJ) followed up with their own wraparound chances and wrist shots that Dunham managed to deny, including attempts that were snuffed right in front of the net. Rebounds jumped over the stick of Alexander Korolyuk (SJ) and the Sharks failed to tie the game, despite dominating the period in shots. On the final tally, the Sharks outshot the Rangers 24-17. The following players were selected as the three stars of the game:
3) Patrick Marleau (SJ) Registered 1 Goal, 0 Assists and +0
2) Alexei Kovalev (NYR) Registered 1 Goal, 0 Assists and +2
1) Mike Dunham (NYR) Registered 23 Saves on 24 Shots (95%)
San Jose Sharks 1
New York Rangers 2
The Rangers win their first game of the series behind a herculean goaltending effort by Mike Dunham. Game 5 will be back in HP Pavilion, where the Sharks will look to hoist the Stanley Cup in front of their hometown crowd. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on Thursday, June 24th at 7:00PM Pacific Standard Time.