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Big L in Big D
SJ continues to struggle
2/18/07 - by Mike Lee

It took the Sharks 190 minutes to finally score a goal, but Sunday’s 3rd period tally by Mark Bell was too little too late. San Jose fell for the third straight game, losing to the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Sunday afternoon. Bell’s goal came after the Stars had already put 3 past Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov in another abysmal performance by the Sharks.

The Stars moved to within in a single point of San Jose in the standings with the victory. Starting the second half of their season long 8-game road trip, San Jose looked lifeless on the ice, allowing the Stars to dictate much of the play.

Nabokov kept the Sharks close for the first 35 minutes of the game, allowing only a single Stu Barnes goal. That would change after Dallas wore down the Sharks with a constant stream of forechecking pressure.

Riberio would score the 1st of his two goals on the day with just under 5 minutes remaining in the 2nd period on a botched defensive play in the Sharks zone. After Jaroslav put a shot on Nabokov, the puck trickled over to the Stars forward on the right side of the crease. Ribeiro and Jere Lehtinen had both slipped over to the unprotected side of the net, while three Sharks defenders watched from the opposite side of the slot.

Sydor would finish the game with three assists.

Lehtinen would convert on a tick-tack-toe passing sequence that ended with the puck in the back of SanJose’s net with 16 seconds remaining in the period to break the Sharks back.

Bell would end the Sharks goalless drought by deflecting a shot off the stick of Marc-Edouard Vlasic two minutes into the 3rd period. The goal ended the longest span the Sharks have gone without a goal in team history, surpassing the old mark set in 1999 by almost 25 minutes.

Any celebration was promptly ended when Ribeiro scored a power play goal 67 seconds later to push the Stars lead back up to 3 goals.

Joe Thornton would setup Mike Grier with a meaningless goal with just under 7 minutes to play. Grier cut to the net as Thornton slipped a pass from behind the Stars net, setting up a one-timer that beat Turco.

Sharks head coach Ron Wilson would pull Nabokov with three minutes to play after Loui Eriksson was sent off for tripping. Skating with a two-man advantage, the Sharks couldn’t even figure out how to get the puck into the Stars zone. Lehtinen added insult to injury by poke checking the puck from his own blueline down the length of the ice for a goal.


Curtis Brown rejoined the team in Dallas, but he didn’t arrive in time to play. Brown returned to the Bay Area after his wife gave birth to a son earlier this week. The Sharks called up Tomas Plihal as an emergency fill in. Patrick Marleau returned to the ice after missing Friday’s loss to the Blue Jackets with an upper body injury, but he was a non-factor in the game.

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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 2 2
DAL 1 2 2 5
1st period - 1, DAL, Barnes 11 (ZUbov, Sydor), 6:41.
2nd period - 2, DAL, Ribeiro 9 (Modry), 15:05. 3, DAL, Lehtinen 18 (Modano, Sydor), 19:44.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Bell 8 (Vlasic, Michalek), 1:52, (pp). 5, DAL, Ribeiro 10 (Zubov, Sydor), 2:59, (pp). 6, SJ, Grier 13 (Thornton, Rissmiller), 13:15. 7, DAL, Lehtinen 19 (unassisted), 18:25, (sh, en).
1st period - McLaren, SJ (fighting major), 14:35; Barch, DAL (fighting major), 14:35; Ehrhoff, SJ (slashing), 19:56.
2nd period - Modry, DAL (cross checking), 19:58.
3rd period - Cheechoo, SJ (tripping), 2:29; Robidas, DAL (interference), 7:59; Michalek, SJ (hooking), 10:39; Eriksson, DAL (tripping), 16:43; Murray, SJ (roughing), 18:46; Hagman, DAL (roughing), 18:46.
  Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 20 16
SJ - empty net10
DAL - Turco1917
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 5 4 10 19
DAL 4 10 7 21
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
DAL 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Darryl Sydor
Mike Mibeiro
Sergei Zubov
Referees: Marc Joannette, Rob Shick. Linesmen: Shane Heyer, Jonny Murray.

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