Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Raanta blanks Sharks in debut with Rangers

NEW YORK — Antti Raanta was just looking to get a win in his Rangers debut. He did much more than that.

Raanta stopped all 22 shots he faced to become the fourth goalie in franchise history to get a shutout in his first start with the team, leading New York to a 4-0 victory over San Jose on Monday night.

Getting his fourth career shutout, Raanta joined Hal Winkler (1926), John Ross Roach (1928) and Marcel Paille (1957) as the only goaltenders to blank an opponent in his first Rangers start.

"The only thing I was thinking was to win," said Raanta, playing for the first time since being acquired from Chicago in a draft-day trade in June. "Our guys defended so well."

Marc Staal, Mats Zuccarello, Jesper Fast and Viktor Stalberg scored for New York, which snapped a three game winless streak (0-2-1) after opening with three wins.

"Everyone in the room knows that the level we were playing at isn't acceptable," Staal said. "It's something we wanted to take care of."

Martin Jones had 24 saves in his first loss of the season as the Sharks lost their second straight after opening with four wins. Jones had allowed just two goals in a season-opening winning streak and came in leading the NHL in goals-against average (0.49), save percentage (.982) and shutouts (two).

"We lost pretty much every facet of the game," Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. "Lost races to pucks, lost battles, lost special teams (battles). There's a price to pay to win and the other team was more willing to pay that price than us so we got what we deserved."

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault kept the same forward lines and defense pairings that scored once in Sunday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Devils.

Coyotes: They recalled forward Matthias Plachta from Springfield of the AHL and placed center Joe Vitale on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.

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First Period—1, N.Y. Rangers, Staal 1 (Brassard, Fast), 10:36. Penalties—None.

Second Period—2, N.Y. Rangers, Zuccarello 4 (Nash, Boyle), 9:28 (pp). Penalties—Boyle, NYR (tripping), 1:29; Staal, NYR (tripping), 3:08; DeMelo, SJ (tripping), 9:02.

Third Period—3, N.Y. Rangers, Fast 1 (Kreider, Yandle), 3:47. 4, N.Y. Rangers, Stalberg 1 (Staal), 16:44. Penalties—None. Shots—San Jose 9-4-9—22. N.Y. Rangers 13-10-5—28. Power-play opportunities—San Jose 0 of 2; N.Y. Rangers 1 of 1. Goalies—San Jose, Jones 4-1-0 (28 shots-24 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Raanta 1-0-0 (22-22). A—18,006 (18,006). T—2:19. Referees—Ghislain Hebert, Chris Rooney. Linesmen—Pierre Racicot, Tim Nowak.

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