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Sharks 9, Rangers 2

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- After what happened Tuesday night, the Rangers have to hope it will be a long time again before they next visit the SAP Center.

San Jose scored three times during an 83-second span of the second period to turn a one-goal game into an eventual 9-2 laugher over a visiting team that had nothing left after beating the Kings the night before in Los Angeles.

Explosive Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl collected four goals, giving him six goals in two games.

New York lost the services of power forward Rick Nash after the opening period. Nash was on the receiving end of an elbow from Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart in the opening three minutes. Nash finished the opening period with nearly six minutes of ice time, but he didn't return after the first intermission.

Joe Pavelski and Jason Demers each had three assists as 14 San Jose players landed on the score sheet. Rookie Matt Nieto added his first career goal and two assists.

The midgame rally began when Nieto scored at 8:16 to cap a San Jose burst after a New York turnover at center. Tommy Wingels' drive toward the net bounced off Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman to Nieto in the slot.

Hertl scored his first of the night by tapping in a cross-ice feed from Andrew Desjardins at 9:19, a goal that gave the Sharks a 4-1 lead and chased Rangers starting goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Logan Couture greeted New York backup Marty Biron with his second goal of the season, swatting in a puck shot by Patrick Marleau that bounced hard off the end boards at 9:39.

Hertl finished the four-goal second -- a period that featured a 23-8 advantage in shots for San Jose -- by backhanding a breakaway through Biron's legs at 12:32.

Hertl produced his third goal on the team's first power play at 9:02 of the third period, and he scored No. 4 at 12:05 with a breakaway, making an incredible between-the-legs shot.

Sharks goalie Antti Niemi stopped 18 of 20 shots for his third straight win.

Despite allowing the first goal, the Sharks rallied for two of their own and had the Rangers on the heels during the opening 20 minutes.

New York converted a 5-on-3 power play at 3:27 as Richards scored his third of the season on a shot from the right point that slipped past Niemi, who was screened by Ryan Callahan.

A too-many-men minor 31 seconds after Stuart was sent off for elbowing Nash gave the Rangers the two-man advantage.

The hosts, however, scored short-handed before killing the second penalty as defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic's wrist shot from the slot slipped over the right pad of Lundqvist to tie it at 4:34.

San Jose got a second goal from its defense in the period as Dan Boyle's low, spinning shot from the top of the right circle glanced off the leg of Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and past Lundqvist at 7:56. Pavelski won an offensive-zone draw to set up the sequence that included an assist and the first NHL point for Nieto.

NOTES: Stuart made his season debut after missing the first two games with a lower-body injury that kept him out of all seven preseason games as well. Stuart paired with Demers. D Scott Hannan was a healthy scratch. ... The Rangers made their third stop of a franchise-record nine straight away from home to start a season. New York next plays the Ducks on Thursday at Anaheim. ... Rangers C Dominic Moore made his first return to San Jose since leaving the Sharks during a first-round playoff series in 2012 when his wife was diagnosed with liver cancer. She died Jan. 7, 2013, and Moore took last year's abbreviated season off before signing as a free agent with New York in the summer. ... The Sharks hosted an Eastern Conference opponent for the first time since March 22, 2012 (vs. the Boston Bruins). ... The Rangers last visited San Jose on March 12, 2011, when they won 3-2 in overtime. ... D Justin Falk and RW Jesper Fast did not dress for New York, while RW Adam Burish (lower body) and RW Martin Havlat (pelvic surgery) remain out with injuries.

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