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Losing streak reaches 3 games
First shootout loss for SJ
11/12/05 - by Mike Lee

The Sharks should be grateful they escaped Saturday night's match up with the visiting Dallas Stars with a point. After digging themselves into 2-0 hole in the opening period, they scratched their way back to tie the game, almost give away in overtime, then eventually lose in the shootout. After defenseman Sergai Zubov and rookie Jussi Jokinen converted in the shootout for Dallas, Marty Turco snuffed out Patrick Marleau and Jonathan Cheechoo to send the Sharks to their third straight defeat.

After a four day break to think about the shellacking they took in Denver on Tuesday night, the Sharks failed to skate with any gusto in the 1st period against Dallas. The Stars seemingly beat the Sharks to every loose puck in the period, and took full advantage.

Bill Guerin narrowly missed on scoring chance in the game's opening minute, but the play set the tempo for the Stars in the period. The Stars wouldn't miss on the power play four minutes later after Milan Michalek took a poor interference penalty deep in the Stars zone.

Phillipe Boucher converted at 5:59 of the period on a blast from the point that was tipped by Sharks defenseman Rob Davison. The shot was on a trajectory to find the net anyway and it was unlikely that Nabokov would have covered the opening anyway after failing to read the play.

Davison would contribute to the Stars second goal at 13:19 of the opening period after he tripped over himself after coughing up the puck at his own blueline. Jason Arnott swooped in on the puck then crossed Davison up by switching directions as he crossed into the Sharks zone. With nothing but open ice, Arnott skated in a rifled a shot past Nabokov for a 2-0 Stars lead.

The Sharks would counter in the 2nd period with a pair of goals themselves. Rookie Steve Bernier scored his first NHL goal midway through the period after Mark Smith bounced a shot off Turco's pads. Bernier scooped up the rebound at the top of the left circle, then backhanded a shot that slipped inside the right post.

Alyn McCauley would bag his second goal of the season less than two minutes later after Stephane Robidas was sent off for a delay of game penalty after firing the puck out of play. McCauley redirected a wrist shot from Patrick Marleau while standing just outside the right post.

The Sharks clamped down n the Stars in the 3rd period, only allowing two shots on goal, but they failed to generate any quality scoring chances themselves. Their offense reverted back into a catatonic state. Turco was never challenged in the final period or overtime.

Notes:

- Loss aside, defenseman Scott Hannan will probably like to forget the game for personal reasons. He took two high sticks to the face and was sent headfirst into the boards after after Robidas checked him from behind. Of the three infractions, Dallas was only called for one, a high sticking penalty to Arnott in the 2nd period.

- San Jose didn't generate a shot on goal until after the ten minute mark of the 1st period.

- Nabokov retured to the ice for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury on October 21st in Columbus.

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Scoring
1 2 3 OTSO T
DAL 2 0 0 01 3
SJ 0 2 0 00 2
1st period - 1, Dallas, Boucher 4 (Modano, Zubov), 5:59, (pp). 2, Dallas, Arnott 5, 13:19.
2nd period - 3, San Jose, Bernier 1 (Smith, Stuart), 11:19. 4, San Jose, McCauley 2 (Marleau, Sturm), 13:09.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - Zubov (DAL), Robidas (DAL).
Penalties
1st period - Tjarnqvist, DAL (interference), 2:07; Michalek, SJS (interference), 5:04; Jokinen, DAL (hooking), 9:44; McLaren, SJS (hooking), 16:22; Langfeld, SJS (delay of game), 17:51
2nd period - Robidas, DAL (delay of game), 11:50; Arnott, DAL (high-sticking), 17:10; Zubov, DAL (elbowing), 18:55; Hannan, SJS (interference), 19:50
3rd period - Turco, DAL (served by Miettinen delay of game), 5:32; Boucher, DAL (high-sticking), 7:43; Marleau, SJS (tripping), 7:43
Overtime - None
Goaltending
  Shots Saves
DAL - Turco 29 27
SJ - Nabokov 22 20
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
DAL 10 5 2 5 22
SJ 5 13 9 2 29
Power Play Conversion
DAL 1 of 4
SJ 1 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Jason Arnott
Phillipe Boucher
Marty Turco
Attendence
17,496
Officials
Referees: Dennis LaRue, Mike Leggo. Linesmen: Angelo D'Amico, Brad Lazarowich.

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