Joel Ward scored twice, Joe Thornton broke a tie early in the third period and the San Jose Sharks overwhelmed Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers in a 4-1 victory Saturday.
Lundqvist stopped 42 of the first 43 shots he faced before allowing three to Thornton, Ward and Joe Pavelski on four shots in a span of 3:20 that sent the Sharks to their third straight home win. Tomas Hertl had three assists and Martin Jones made 25 saves to help San Jose move within a point of second-place Anaheim in the Pacific Division.
Former Shark Dan Boyle scored the lone goal for the Rangers, who stayed in the game for two periods because of Lundqvist's brilliance before falling apart in the third. Lundqvist made 43 saves before being pulled after the fourth goal.
San Jose outshot New York 52-26 for the game.