New York Rangers’ Jacob Trouba (8) and goalie Igor Shesterkin (31) stop San Jose Sharks’ Tomas Hertl (48) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/John Munson)
The Sharks came out with the same work ethic and received the same level of goaltending Friday night at Madison Square Garden as they did earlier in their road trip in wins over the Chicago Blackhawks, New Jersey Devils, and New York Islanders.
They just couldn’t create any offense.
The Sharks were unable to beat goalie Igor Shesterkin through the first 45 minutes or backup Alexandar Georgiev for the rest of regulation time in a 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers, marking the first time they’ve been shut out in 14 games away from home this season.
Shesterkin made 19 saves before he was injured with 14:52 left in the third period. Georgiev came on in relief and made nine saves as the Rangers won for the ninth time in their last 10 games.
The Sharks also went 0-for-2 on the power play and fell to 3-1-0 on their road trip that ends Sunday in Columbus.
“We got some good looks on Shesterkin and I thought he came up big when he needed to be,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner said. “Even at the end when he got hurt, we generated two or three chances. Just couldn’t solve them. Couldn’t get any offense…