A nervy shootout win, losses by their closest rivals for a playoff spot - all in all, a perfect Saturday night for the Rangers, turning what had been a dire sojourn in California into a happy one.

"We salvaged the trip," Coach John Tortorella said after the Rangers' 3-2 shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Henrik Lundqvist was the first star, superbly stopping 31 of 33 San Jose shots during the game, then an additional 5 of 6 during the penalty-shot contest.