Adam Graves lost his composure just before tip-off; the New York Rangers lost theirs during the game.
Vincent Damphousse scored two goals and Graves, a former Ranger, got his first point of the season after an emotional tribute as the San Jose Sharks beat New York, 5-1, on Monday night.
The Rangers honored Graves, who played 10 seasons in New York before being traded to San Jose in June, with a video montage and a Madison Square Garden ovation lasting several minutes.
Graves, teary-eyed as the tribute wrapped up, took a penalty in the first period but settled down and assisted on San Jose's third goal on a power play.
"I was obviously nervous," Graves said. "It's always difficult playing against your ex-teammates. It was very emotional from the beginning through the whole game."
The Rangers came out looking disorganized and never recovered, allowing two goals in the first 10 minutes. San Jose ended up with two power-play goals and one short-handed. New York was equally inept on offense, finishing 0-for-6 on the power play.
Damphousse chipped in Graves' pass from the slot with 41 seconds left in the second period to give the Sharks a 3-1 lead.
Then, with the Rangers on a 5-on-3 power play in the third, Damphousse added a short-handed goal to give San Jose a 5-1 lead.
"Our power-play goal to make it 3-1, I think that really hurt them and took the wind out of their sails," Damphousse said, "and we were OK in the third (period)."
With the win, the Sharks (3-1-3-1) took over first place in the Pacific Division.
"The Rangers had a lot of penalties," San Jose coach Darryl Sutter said. "So you have to take advantage."
The Rangers (4-4-1) have allowed 13 power-play goals this season, the most in the NHL.
"We played a non-aggressive hockey game in our building," a steamed Ron Low said. "Turnaways and giveaways were our strong point tonight, without a doubt. There was no hitting, and playing against a team like San Jose, if you're not physical, they are just going to have a good time in your rink. They had a very good time tonight."
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