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Holiday horrors
Turco shuts out Sharks again
12/21/06 - by Mike Lee

Tis the season of giving, and the Sharks were more than willing to oblige on Thursday night, giving away another victory to a visiting team. This time, the Dallas Stars took advantage of San Jose's generosity with a 3-0 win at HP Pavilion. Marty Turco was less obliged to give away anything, en route to his second shutout against the Sharks this month.

After coming off one of the more inspiring wins of the season last Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks, the Sharks used the five day break between games to forget how to play inspired hockey. The Stars couldn't have been more different, bouncing back from a lackluster 4-1 loss to the Ducks on Wednesday to outwork the Sharks in every facet of the game.

With five games remaining in December, the Sharks have already surpassed their loss total for the month of November.

Turco passed former Stars goaltender Ed Belfour for the Stars franchise record for career shutouts, but he had to do little more than show up in order to get credit for the goose egg. His teammates set the tone all night, by bringing an up-tempo energy that the Sharks couldn't match.

Jeff Halpern provided the Stars with all the offense they would need 7 minutes into the game. Halpern swept a rebound off Vesa Toskala into a wide open net after Phillipe Boucher bounced a shot off Toskala. The Sharks netminder was playing Boucher's shot at the top of the crease, exposing the entire net behind him.

Jussi Jokinen would add his 9th goal of the season at the 6:11 mark of the middle period after Josh Gorges was sent off for hooking. Jokinen caught Kyle McLaren flat footed at the blueline as he carried the puck into the zone, creating a 1-on-1 chance with Toskala. The Stars shootout specialist roofed a backhanded past Toskala after cutting from his left to right at the crease.

San Jose did little to counter the goals, mustering on 8 shots on goal in the 3rd period. The closest they came to scoring was on a Jonathan Cheechoo shot that bounced off the right post midway through the period.

Brendan Morrow would put the game out of reach at 12:17 when he banked a loose puck off a fallen Toskala from behind the Sharks net. Trevor Daley tried putting a shot past Toskala on a break, but the Sharks netminder foiled the attempt. Morrow cleaned up after trailing while McLaren and Scott Hannan watched from the crease.

Notes:

Milan Michalek had to leave the game momentarily after taking a puck off his right foot. He left the bench for a few minutes before returning toward the end of the 2nd period.

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Scoring
1 2 3 T
DAL 1 1 1 3
SJ 0 0 0 0
1st period - 1, DAL, Halpern 4 (Boucher), 6:56.
2nd period - 2, DAL, Jokinen 9 (Robidas, Turco), 6:11, (pp).
3rd period - 3, DAL, Morrow 10 (Daley), 12:17.
 
Penalties
1st period - Ehrhoff, SJ (hooking), 11:14.
2nd period - Gorges, SJ (hooking), 4:29; Barnaby, DAL (tripping), 9:20; Lindros, DAL (tripping), 16:24; Turco, DAL (diving), 18:19; Grier, SJ (goaltender interference), 18:19.
3rd period - Barnaby, DAL (holding), 20:00.
Goaltending
  Shots Saves
DAL - Turco 20 20
SJ - Toskala 26 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
DAL 10 13 3 26
SJ 5 7 8 20
Power Play Conversion
DAL 1 of 2
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Jussi Jokinen
Jeff Halpern
Martry Turco
Attendence
17,496
Officials
Referees: Dan Marouelli, Wes McCauley. Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Darren Gibbs.

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