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Turco's gaff extends Sharks home win streak
Boucher stops 23 of 34 for win
11/8/08 - By Mike Lee

Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco prides himself in his ability to stickhandle the puck. He may want to rethink being so brash the next time he sees an opposing player barreling in on him while he's trying to clear the thing, especially in the last minute of a tie game. Turco's clearing attempt with 29 seconds left in regulation hit Patrick Marleau right on the tape Saturday night, and the Sharks captain promptly stuffed it into the Stars net to extend the Sharks home winning streak to nine games in a 2-1 shocker.

The importance of the goal can't be overstated, because it came out of nowhere, wiped out all the momentum that Dallas had built in the period, and left the Stars with not time to answer. Marleau hustled past two defenders and forced Turco into attempting the pass away from his crease. For some reason the Stars netminder tried to push the puck up the middle of the ice, rather to the safety of the side boards. Marleau intercepted the pass and easily tucked it inside the left post as Turco tried in vain to stop the puck.

Game over.

The Stars had overcome a 1-0 deficit early in the 3rd period and had gained the momentum in a game that seriously threatened the Sharks home win streak. With the Stars stepping up the pressure, San Jose seemed to run out of gas during the last 10 minutes of the game. Sharks head coach Todd McLellan even called a timeout after an icing call midway through the period in order to give his skaters extra rest.

McLellan learned his lesson after failing to see that his skaters were gassed in a similar situation against the St Louis Blues two nights earlier. That situation resulted in a Blues goal. The same would not happen on Saturday night.

The Stars tied the game at 1-1 on a Loui Eriksson at 3:41 of the 3rd period. Eriksson stripped Sharks defenseman Brad Lukowich of the puck near the Sharks end boards before dishing it out to the slot. A Steve Ott one-timer missed wide, but Eriksson gathered the rebound and slipped it past Brian Boucher.

The Sharks netminder had come out of the crease area to cut the line on Ott's shot, which opened up the entire net behind him. The goal broke Boucher's scoreless streak at 163 minutes or 8 plus periods.

Ryane Clowe narrowly missed on a backhand chance in tight midway through the 3rd. Getting a rare start in place of Jonathan Cheechoo, Marcel Goc tried a wrap around attempt that slipped through the crease to Clowe on the right side, but the Sharks forward bounced the puck off the outer netting.

Both teams had locked horns throughout the game, including a spirited 2nd period that almost saw Joe Thornton and Mike Ribeiro come to blows. Thornton clipped the Stars center man on a faceoff, and when the referees didn't call an infraction on the Sharks superstar, Ribeiro took matters into his own hands. He took a shot at Thornton, who didn't appreciate the retaliation and tried to engage Ribeiro, before the linesman separated the two.

San Jose took a 1-0 lead at 7:13 of the opening period on a pretty passing sequence that ended with Dan Boyle snapping home his 3rd goal as a Shark. Marleau took a feed just inside the Stars blueline and fed Thornton with a pass at the left dot. Thornton immediately dealt the puck across the slot to Boyle on the right side as the Sharks defenseman pinched in. Boyle hesitated to shoot for a split second, throwing off Turco's timing. When he did uncork the shot, it sailed past Turco's glove had for the 1-0 Sharks lead.

Much like the playoff series between the two teams last spring, the Stars tried to open the game with more physical play in order to get the Sharks off their game. New agitator Sean Avery wasted no time unleashing his antics. He wound up on top of Christian Ehrhoff behind the Sharks net on an offensive chance for the Sharks three minutes into the game, refusing to release the Sharks defender.

When the whistle blew, referee Rob Shick immediately skated over to the Stars bench to warn Dallas head coach Dave Tippet that Avery's shenanigans would not be tolerated. That lasted all of five minutes when Avery was sent off for cross checking Jeremy Roenick. Avery would also earn a slashing penalty before the period would end.

Game Notes:

Ryane Clowe repeated the first leg of his Gordie Howe Hat Trick by engaging Brandon Crombeen in the 1st period. Clowe got the upper hand when Crombeen's jersey came undone, allowing the Sharks forward to get in a few rabbit punches with the fist that was clutching CRombeen's jersey. Marleau and recent minor league call up Brad Staubitz both took pucks to the ankle on shots from their own teammates. Marleau's came early in the game, forcing Marleau to take treatment in the Sharks locker room during the 1st period. Jonathan Cheechoo was also a scratch after the Sharks listed him with an upper body injury sustained on a check in the Blues game on Thursday.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
DAL 0 0 1 1
SJ 1 0 1 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Boyle 3 (Thornton, Marleau), 7:13.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 2, DAL, Eriksson 6 (Ott), 3:41. 3, SJ, Marleau 7 (unassisted), 19:31
Penalties
1st period - Crombeen, DAL (fighting major), 5:49; Clowe, SJ (fighting major), 5:49; Avery, DAL (cross checking), 8:42; Ehrhoff, SJ (high sticking), 12:37; Avery, DAL (slashing), 18:20.
2nd period - Bench, SJ (too many men), 6:44; Morrow, DAL (tripping), 10:54; Thornton, SJ (boarding), 12:04.
3rd period - Roenick, SJ (hooking), 4:10.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
DAL - Turco 33 31
SJ - Boucher 24 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
DAL 5 7 12 24
SJ 8 11 14 33
Power Play Conversion
DAL 0 of 4
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Patrick Marleau
Dan Boyle
Brian Boucher
Attendence
17,496
Officials
Referees: Shick, Pochmara. Linesmen: Cvik, Cherrey.

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