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SJ drops a snoozer
Dallas climbs back into contention
1/13/04 - by Mike Lee

The Sharks missed on a golden opportunity to distance themselves from the rest of the pack in the Pacific Division on Tuesday night by losing to their closest competition, the Dallas Stars. Bill Guerin led the visiting Stars to a 3-0 win over San Jose in one of the slowest paced games of the season. Dallas goaltender Marty Turco faced only 16 shots all nights en route to his fifth career win over San Jose and his 15th career shutout.

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Scoring
1 2 3 T
DAL 1 1 1 3
SJ 0 0 0 0
1st period - DAL, YOUNG (5) , 17:26
2nd period - DAL, GUERIN (18) (BARNES, BOUCHER), 07:31
3rd period - DAL, GUERIN (18) (MORROW, MATVICHUK), 10:43
Penalties
1st period - DAL, DAL, 13:15 - Too many men/ice - bench
2nd period - S.J, S.J, 01:47 - Too many men/ice - bench DAL, NUMMINEN, 02:32 - Holding stick DAL, LEHTINEN, 08:25 - Slashing
3rd period - S.J, RICCI, 01:41 - Hooking DAL, ARNOTT, 17:13 - Slashing
Goaltending
  Shots Saves
DAL - Turco 17 17
SJ - Nabokov 23 20
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
DAL 9 8 6 23
SJ 8 4 5 17
Power Play Conversion
DAL 0 of 2
SJ 0 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Bill Guerin
Marty Turco
Scott Young
Attendence
15,100
Guering scored his 300th and 301st career goals, making him only the 14th career American-born player to reach the 300-goal mark in the NHL. Guerin scored his first by pumping a howitzer shot past Evgeni Nabokov at the 7:31 mark of the 2nd period. Guerin would add another tally midway through the 3rd period after following up on a Brendan Morrow deflection.

Shark killer Scott Young opened the game's scoring by intercepting a clearing attempt by Brad Stuart just inside the left circle and rifling a shot from 20 feet out. Stuart tried to backhand the puck out of his own zone from just outside the left post, but it hit Young on the tape. All the Stars forward had to do was pick his target and wind a shot past a helpless Nabokov.

Play of the Game
Guerin's blast in the 2nd period was just a vicious shot that ripped past NAbokov so fast he never saw the puck. Stu Barnes setup Guerin with a nice pass up the right wing that Guerin corralled and rifled.

The Turning Point
Let's start with the national anthem. Truth be told, the Sharks never answered the opening bell and as a result they dug a hole for themselves as a result.

Save of the Game
Credit the on-ice officials for disallowing an apparent Sharks goal int eh opening period after Turco smothered the puck with his pads. Problem was, every inch of his pads were in teh net behind the goal line. Referree Terry Gregson lost sight of the puck so he wavd off the goal that defied physics.

Box Scores Do No Justice
The faceoff woes that have haunted the Sharks all season continue to play a big part in the outcome of games. San Jose won only 44% of the faceoffs on Tuesday night, which in itself was a big contributor to the team inefectiveness in generating any scoring chances.

Honorable Mention
The Sharks were so apathetic on Tuesday night that they could only muster two penalties, which included a call for too many men on the ice.

Quotables


Milestones
Guerin scored his 300th career goal.

Turco is a perfect 5-0 against the Sharks lifetime.


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