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Rookie stars in debut
Setoguchi bags a pair in 4-2 win
10/29/07 - by Mike Lee

In dire need of some energy, the Sharks got a boost from a couple of fresh faces to turn a disastrous road trip into a wash in Dallas on Monday night. Coming of a lackluster losses in Detroit and Columbus, the Sharks parlayed the hustle of two rookies making their NHL debuts to stun the Dallas Stars 4-2 with three 3rd period goals. Devin Setoguchi made his NHL debut a memorable one by scoring two goals to lead the Sharks.

Struggling to generate any form of offense, the Sharks were forced to call up Setoguchi and Lukas Kaspar from Worcester on Sunday after placing Ryane Clowe and Rob Davison on the injured reserve. The two youngsters responded with a shot of energy that was contagious.

San Jose was forced to play catch up twice, but responded with three unanswered goals in the 3rd period. Mike Ribeiro staked the Stars to a 1-0 lead midway through the 1st period, on a bang bang play in front of the Sharks net. Ribeiro wrested home a rebound from point blank range after Stars defenseman Phillipe Boucher bounced a shot off Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

Joe Pavelski would answer less than two minutes later on a wrap around play, after Stars netminder Marty Turco overplayed a shot from Jonathan Cheechoo. Pavelski grabbed Cheechoo's shot behind the net and snuck the puck in around the left post after Turco attempted to cutoff the right side of the net.

San Jose out-shot Dallas 16-10 in the opening period and controlled the tempo, but could only muster the Pavelski goal to enter the 1st intermission tied.

A fortuitous bounce would give the Stars back the lead, 5 minutes into the 2nd period. Rookie Matt Niskanen scored his 1st NHL goal by sending the puck in on net from the blueline. The puck hit the stick of Sharks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, redirecting into the Shark net.

Dallas would defend their lead for the first half of the 3rd period, but Setoguchi and Steve Bernier went to work. The rookie forward bagged his first NHL tally on a gutsy feed from Joe Thornton at 11:53 of the period. Thornton was fighting off a check while stick handling behind the Stars net. After taking a hit, Thornton began to fall to the ice, but he got the pass off to Setoguchi, who was cutting to the net. Setoguchi pumped a one-timer over Turco right should, top shelf for the 2-2 tie.

Thornton and Setoguchi would team up on a similar play less than three minutes later for Setoguchi's second goal of the night. Positioning the identical place, Thornton slid a backhanded pass between his skates to Setoguchi, who once again cut through the slot to one time a shot past Turco.

Bernier would cap off the goal scoring flurry with his 3rd goal of the season 17 second later. After the faceoff trickled back into the Stars zone, Dallas misplayed the puck along the right wing boards. Bernier scooped up the loose puck then fired a shot that slipped between Turco and the right post for the 4-2 lead.

The only drama that remained was if Setoguchi could record the hat trick. The rookie came within inches of that feat after the Stars pulled Turco for an extra attacker. Setoguchi had the open net, but his shot sailed wide to deny the trifecta.

Setoguchi did set a franchise record for most goals by a player in his first game.

Game Notes:

Bernier came within an assist of recording his first Gordie Howe hat trick. The Sharks forward squared off with Brendan Morrow in the 1st period after the Stars captain took offense to a hit Bernier laid on another Dallas player. Douglas Murray and Todd Fedoruk also squared off later in the game.

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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 0 3 4
DAL 1 1 0 2
1st period - 1, DAL, Ribeiro 4 (Boucher, Morrow), 10:20. 2, SJ, Pavelski 2 (Cheechoo, Rissmiller), 12:11.
2nd period - 3, DAL, Niskanen 1 (Modano, Fedoruk), 5:14.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Setoguchi 1 (Thornton, Carle), 11:53. 5, SJ, Setoguchi 2 (Thornton, Michalek), 14:27. 6, SJ, Bernier 3 (unassisted), 14:44.
1st period - Hagman, DAL (holding), 6:34; Bernier, SJ (fighting major), 13:10; Morrow, DAL (fighting major), 13:10; McLaren, SJ (tripping), 14:53.
2nd period - Murray, SJ (fighting major), 5:18; Fedoruk, DAL (fighting major), 5:18; Mietinen, DAL (high sticking - double minor), 6:59.
3rd period - Rivet, SJ (tripping), 8:18.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 29 27
DAL - Turco3531
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 16 9 10 35
DAL 10 9 10 29
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 3
DAL 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Devin Setoguchi
Joe Thornton
Evgeni Nabokov
Referees: Brad Maier, Kelly Sutherland . Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Brian Murphy.

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