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This season wasn't much fun in New York for slumping forward Marian Gaborik. He wasn't scoring goals the way he was used to, and he and his Rangers teammates found themselves in an unexpected fight just to get into the playoffs.
Patrick Marleau got San Jose off to a fast start, Antti Niemi preserved the lead with spectacular short-handed play in the second period, and the Sharks hung on for the win they desperately needed after losing the first two games in Vancouver.
San Jose forward Ryane Clowe returned to the lineup for Game 7 of the Sharks' second-round series against the Detroit Red Wings after missing the previous game with an undisclosed upper body injury.
San Jose forward Ryane Clowe will miss Game 6 of the Sharks' second-round series against Detroit.
Capsules of NHL Western Conference first-round series:
San Jose Sharks star rookie Logan Couture has left the game early in the second period with an apparent right leg injury.
The San Jose Sharks signed captain Joe Thornton to a $21 million, three-year contract extension Saturday, locking up another key player before he could leave for free agency.
"They kept giving us chances and putting themselves in a hole," Clowe said. "When we get PPs, that's where we need to capitalize. We just weren't sharp enough. That's not physical. That's mental."