In the third period, Sean Avery grabbed a turnover in the slot. Rather than getting a shot off on the breakaway, Avery took an extra move and Sharks' goalie Evgeny Nabokov poke checked the puck away.
That move represented the game for the Blueshirts, as they fell 7 - 3 to San Jose ending their seven game winning streak.
Despite going ahead 2 - 0 in the first period on goals by Chris Drury and Mike Del Zotto, New York's energy, discipline, and luck finally ran out. The Rangers began losing the loose puck battles and eventually San Jose capitalized with a goal from Brad Staubitz. Chris Higgins, demoted to the third line, took a holding penalty followed by a high sticking call to Wade Redden.
Dany Heatley tied the game on Redden's penalty with under two minutes to go in the first period.
The second period opened with a familiar face as former Ranger Jed Ortmeyer scored on a wrist shot at 1:19.
From there, the Sharks didn't let up and the Rangers couldn't catch up. Marian Gaborik, held pointless for the first time this season, was called for hooking shortly after the Ortmeyer goal that led to Devin Setoguchi's first goal of the game. His second came later in the period as the Sharks took a 5 - 2 lead into the third period.
The Rangers simply couldn't replicate the puck movement and flow that was present throughout the early part of the season. Passes didn't connect, defensive zone play was poor, and players thought about the play, rather than react to it.
Steve Valiquette was pulled in favor of Henrik Lundqvist after two periods with 13 saves on 18 shots.
During the third period, the Rangers showed some life, but were unable to break San Jose's resilient attack. Despite decent efforts by Sean Avery and Enver Lisin, the Rangers could not rally and in the end, they watched their winning streak end on Garden ice.
The final shots on goal were Rangers - 29 and San Jose - 30.
On Thursday, the Rangers host the rival Devils.
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