Alexei Kovalev (NYR) had an early chance on a pass from Mark Messier (NYR) that Evgeni Nabokov (SJ) managed to deny.
Patrick Marleau (SJ) then took the puck in the Rangers zone, dance around the defenders and wristed a shot that hit off the blocker of Mike Dunham (NYR) and into the back of the net. Sharks 1, Rangers 0.
The Rangers responded right away when Anson Carter (NYR) took a pass off the boards behind the Sharks net and hurried a shot on Evgeni Nabokov (SJ) that slipped past him. Vincent Damphousse (SJ), attempting to recover the puck, inadvertently tipped it decisively into the Sharks' net. Sharks 1, Rangers 1.
Aleaxnaeder Korolyuk (SJ) then took a hooking penalty on Dan LaCouture (NYR) and the Sharks went on the penalty kill. However, Sharks Captain Patrick Marleau broke into the Ranger zone and released a shot the Mike Dunham (NYR) blockered away to the corner. Marleau then go his own rebound, went around the Ranger net, crossed the crease and sent a wrist shot over the blocker of Dunham for a shorthanded marker. Sharks 2, Rangers 1.
The Rangers outshot the Sharks 9-8 in the 1st Period.
The Rangers continued their offensive pressure until Mark Messier (NYR) took a hooking penalty to give the Sharks their first powerplay of the game. Adam Graves (SJ) then took the puck, deked around all four Ranger defenders and backhanded a shot over the outstretched glove of Mike Dunham (NYR). Sharks 3, Rangers 1.
Eric Lindros (NYR) then took a cross-checking penalty on Vincent Damphousse (SJ) to give the Sharks another powerplay opportunity. Marco Sturm (SJ) and Patrick Marleau (SJ) had multiple chances, including one at the end of the powerplay in which they and Dan McGillis (SJ) attempted to stuff the puck past Mike Dunham (NYR) on the short side, but they were unable to beat the Ranger netminder.
The Rangers retaliated with an incredible passing display that was ended by a one-timer by Mark Messier.
The Sharks responded on the ensuing faceoff, which Vincent Damphousse (SJ) won, then received a pass from rookie Rob Davison (SJ), skated into the Ranger zone and buried a backhander past Mike Dunham (NYR).
Alyn McCauley (SJ) then took the puck on a clear breakaway attempt on the Ranger goal and backhanded a shot past Mike Dunham (NYR) to extend the lead. Sharks 5, Rangers 2. The Sharks were outshooting the Rangers 17-16 by the 2nd Intermission.
The Sharks opened the period with a litany of offensive chances, led by Teemu Selanne (SJ), whose backhand shot was unable to beat Mike Dunham (NYR). A one-timer attempt on a 2-0 between Marco Sturm (SJ) and Alexander Korolyuk (SJ) was also incredibly stopped by Dunham, keep the Rangers (theoretically) in the game. Rookie sensation Lynn Loyns (SJ) was also denied on multiple scoring attempts, including a breakaway chance. The score remained Sharks 5, Rangers 2 until the final whistle. The following players were selected as the three stars of the game:
3) Alyn McCauley (SJ) Registered 1 Goal, 0 Assists and +1
2) Adam Graves (SJ) Registered 1 Goal, 0 Assists and +0
1) Patrick Marleau (SJ) Registered 2 Goals, 0 Assists and +2
San Jose Sharks 5
New York Rangers 2
The Sharks win Game 3 and take a 3-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Sharks are on a current 12-game playoff winning streak and will seek to win the series and the Stanley Cup in Madison Square Garden for Game 4. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on Wednesday, June 24th at 7:00PM Pacific Standard Time.