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Falling Stars
Thornton bags a pair in OT win
3/27/08 - by Mike Lee

The Dallas Stars free fall has been, well, meteoric. Stars goaltender Marty Turco helped gift wrap the Stars latest implosion by taking a 4-minute high sticking penalty in overtime. A Trevor Daley hooking penalty 1:31 later gave the Sharks a rare 5-on-3 in the overtime period, and Joe Thornton ended things with his 2nd goal of the game to help the Sharks snap a 6-game losing streak to Dallas at HP Pavilion. Thornton tied the game in the 3rd period to help San Jose extend its point streak to 17 games.

The overtime 4-on-4 turned nasty when Turco took a swipe at Joe Pavelski, as the Sharks winger tried chasing a loose puck behind the Stars net. As Pavelski skated past the right post, Turco raised his stick, catching Pavelski in the face and giving the Sharks a 4-on-3. NHL rules stipulate that no team can play with fewer than 3 skaters at any one time, so when Daley took his penalty, the Sharks were allowed to add a skater.

Thornton banked a shot off Stars defenseman Mathias Norstrom's skate, from his usual spot near the right corner on the ensuing 2-man advantage.

The Sharks were lucky to have the opportunity to capitalize on Turco's gaff, after Mike Modano narrowly missed on a short-handed breakaway. Brian Campbell got caught at his own blueline after the puck hand-cuffed him. Modano pounced and raced up the left wing boards with nothing buy daylight in front of him. After missing on the initial attempt, Modano tried tucking the puck into the Sharks goal from behind the left post, but Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov denied the Stars speedster by jamming the blade of his stick up against the post.

Modano raised his hands, thinking he had won the game, but referee Greg Kimmerly immediately signaled no-goal.

Missed breakaway's were the theme of the night.

Curtis Brown missed on a breakaway chance early in the 2nd period, bouncing a backhand attempt off the right post. Devin Setoguchi followed with 6 minutes left in the period with a shot that Turco smothered.

Brendan Morrow gave the Stars a 1-0 16 minutes into the contest, with his 30th goal of the season on a feed from Mike Ribiero.

Pavelski answered with his 18th of the season at 3:48 of the 2nd period on a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle after winger Brandon Crombeen earned an instigator penalty. Patrick Marleau setup the goal with a pass from the right wing, that Turco couldn't catch up with.

Kyle McLaren would take a hooking penalty midway through the period, then the Sharks would take another penalty for too many men, setting up a Stars 5-on-2. Jere Lehtinen would stake the Stars to a 2-1 lead on a shot from the same spot as Pavelski's goal, after Ribiero sent a feed through the slot.

Momentum clearly shifted in the 3rd period when the Sharks started to pepper Turco. The crack in the Stars armor was exposed on defense when Mike Grier setup Thornton for the game-tying goal. Defenseman Mark Fistric failed to switch defensive assignments with Phillipe Boucher, leaving Thornton uncontested on the right wing. Grier slid a pass across the slot to Thornton, who cranked a shot past Turco.

The pair of tallies gives Thornton 5 goals in the past 2 games.

Game Notes:

Sharks forward Ryane Clowe participated in warm ups before the game. He may be ready to play as early as Sunday. Jonathan Cheechoo missed his 2nd consecutive game.



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Scoring
1 2 3 OT T
DAL 1 1 0 0 2
SJ 0 1 1 1 3
1st period - 1, DAL, Morrow 30 (Ribeiro, Modano), 15:59.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Pavelski 18 (Marleau, Rivet), 3:48, (pp). 3, DAL, Lehtinen 14 (Ribeiro, Modano), 12:29, (pp).
3rd period - 4, SJ, Thornton 25 (Grier, Rissmiller), 6:08.
Overtime - 5, SJ, Thornton 26 (Campbell, Pavelski), 2:58.
Penalties
1st period - norstrom, DAL (interference), 4:26; Ott, DAL (tripping), 9:55; Ehrhoff, SJ (cross checking), 13:53; Robidas, DAL (hooking), 19:23.
2nd period - Roenick, SJ (slashing), 0:41; Crombeen, DAL (fighting major), 3:14; Cromeen, DAL (instigator), 3:14; Cromeen, DAL (instigator - misconduct), 3:14; McLaren, SJ (fihtin major), 3:14; McLaren, SJ (hooking), 10:49; Team, SJ (too many men), 12:00; Barnes, SJ (holding), 15:02.
3rd period - Murray, SJ (hooking), 16:26.
Overtime - Turco, DAL (high sticking - double minor), 1:15; Daley, DAL (hooking), 2:46.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
DAL - Turco 27 24
SJ - Nabokov 25 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
DAL 11 5 8 1 25
SJ 7 8 7 5 27
Power Play Conversion
DAL 1 of 5
SJ 2 of 7
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Thornton
Evgeni Nabokov
Joe Pavelski
Attendence
17,496
Officials
Referees: Devorski, Kimmerly. Linesmen: Cameron, Cormier.

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