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Hertl powers Sharks in rout over Rangers

The rookie winger scored a career-high four goals in San Jose's 9-2 victory
10/09/2013 2:00 AM ET
By The Associated Press

Tomas Hertl scored four goals in the Sharks victory.(AP)
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Tomas Hertl scored four goals, Matthew Nieto had his first NHL goal and added two assists and the San Jose Sharks beat the New York Rangers 9-2 on Tuesday night.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Dan Boyle, Logan Couture and Justin Braun also scored for the Sharks, who won their third straight of the young season. They have outscored their opponents 17-4.

Jason Demers and Joe Pavelski each had three assists. Hertl tied the Sharks record for most goals in a game. Owen Nolan did it on Dec. 19, 1995.

Brad Richards and Derek Dorsett scored for the Rangers, who were coming off a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

San Jose goalkeeper Antti Niemi needed to stop 18 shots for the win while Rangers goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 of 26 shots during his nearly 30 minutes on the ice. Martn Biron took over in the net after the Sharks built a 4-1 advantage and saved 16 of 21.

The Sharks outshot the Rangers 47-20.

The nine goals were one off the franchise record.

The Rangers may have lost more than a game. Star forward Rick Nash, who entered the game with three assists, was taken off the ice with an undisclosed injury.

Hertl saved his best for last. Driving toward the net, the 19-year-old scored a spectacular goal.

He skated in on Biron and put the puck between his legs and scored over the backup goalie's right shoulder at 12:05 of the third.

Hertl also had two goals in Saturday's win over Phoenix.

Richards opened the scoring on Tuesday with his third goal of the season at 3:27 of the first. The Rangers converted their two-man advantage. The long shot was aided by Ryan Callahan, who had screened off Niemi.

The Sharks answered with a short-handed goal less than a minute later, with Vlasic blasting it past Lundqvist.

Boyle gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead at 7:56 of the first period. Pavelski won a faceoff, Nieto kept it alive and Boyle made the shot.

The Sharks scored three goals within a span of 1:23 of the second period. Nieto scored his first career goal, followed by Hertl's first of the game.

Biron was in the game for 20 seconds when Couture scored, though it was hardly a conventional goal. Patrick Marleau's shot was wide and it bounced up the board and flipped back over the net, where Couture chipped it home.

Hertl added his second goal three minutes later to make it 6-1.

Dorsett scored at 8:22 of the third period and Hertl answered with a power-play goal at 9:02 for the hat trick.

After Hertl's fourth goal, Braun closed out the scoring with a power-play goal at 15:53.

NOTES: Thornton recorded his 789th career assist, tied for 32nd on the all time list. ... Callahan played just his second game since labrum surgery sidelined him last May. ... The Rangers are on a franchise record nine-game road trip to open the season because of renovations at Madison Square Garden.

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