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3rd period lead not enough
Stars overcome 2-goal deficit and take shootout
11/12/09 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks wrapped up their brief three-game home stand with painful 3-2 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. San Jose took a 2-0 lead into the 3rd period and promptly surrendered a pair of goals on an unlucky bounce and a quick strike by Shark killer Mike Modano. The Sharks would earn a point by getting he game to overtime, but they’ll be kicking themselves for a while after this missed opportunity.

After their mediocre performance on Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators, San Jose had an opportunity to snap out of the duldrums that almost cost them two points against one of the worst teams in the league.

Rather than put away a wounded opponent, the Sharks let James Neal’s fluky goal give that opponent the energy to bag the equalizer.

Neither team could muster many chances in the opening period, although rookie left winger Jamie Benn gave Dallas the closest chance when his shot from 12 feet clanked off the crossbar midway through the period.

Both teams traded minors later in the period, but both team’s power play units failed to convert.

A high sticking penalty to Steve Ott at 8:11 of the 2nd period provided the Sharks with a bit of a spark. Even though they failed to cash in on the man advantage, the ice began to tilt toward Stars goaltender Marty Turco and the Dallas net.

The Sharks would finally get to Turco at 10:32 of the period, when Dany Heatley and Joe Pavelski hooked up for the game’s first tally. Marc Edouard Vlasic sent a pass winding around the end boards to Paelski, who carried the puck from right to left. Spotting Heatley parked right on the doorstep, Pavelski sent a centering pass from behind the Stars net. Heatley gathered in the feed, then swept home his team high 12th goal of the season.

Ryane Clowe would get in on the act just over two minutes later. The Sharks forward did an about face with the puck near the left point, then snapped a 50 foot shot on net. The puck appeared to be deflected by Stars winger Loui Eriksson on its way to the net. Regardless, the puck found the back of the net for the 2-0 San Jose lead.

Trevor Daly prevented a third straight Sharks goal early in the 3rd period, by diving into the crease and kicking a puck clear of his own goal.

Skating 4-on-4, the Sharks were whistled for too many men on the ice, giving the Stars some room to work. Dallas just missed on the ensuing power play, then a loose puck worked over to the left post, where Stephane Robidas tried to control it. Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard was able to tie up Robidas stick enough to delay a shot, denying the Stars.

The Stars would finally cut into the Sharks lead at 5:50 of the period on a lucky break. Neal sent a shot from the left post, but the puck hit defenseman Jason Demers skate, changing directions and knuckling into the Sharks net.

The goal energized the Stars who began to buzz in the Sharks zone. Modano would break a season long goal scoring drought by throwing a puck through traffic, beating Nabokov 1:40 after Neal’s goal.

The Sharks fell victim to some shoddy officiating with 8 minutes to play in regulation when Robidas’ stick caught teammate Neal in the face. Joe Pavelski was in the vicinity and was errantly called for the high stick.

Devin Setoguchi scooped up a rebound with 3:18 to play and put a shot on net, but Turco was there to deny the Sharks forward.

Modano would give the Sharks one late chance on the power play after he slashed Joe Thornton with 2:26 left in regulation. Thornton and Heatley would team up for a one-time chance in front of the Stars net, but again, Turco would deny the Sharks.

A wild chance in front of Turco in the first minute of overtime would fall short for San Jose . Devin Setoguchi found himself with the puck in front of Turco, but he tried a low percentage backhand attempt, rather than dishing to Dan Boyle, who would have had a forehand chance that probably had a better chance of ending things.

Keny Huskins would take a hooking penalty with 48.3 seconds remaining in the overtime period and Dallas made things interesting by allowing several juicy chances in front of Nabokov.

In the shootout Pavelski opened things with a shot that sailed wide of the net. Neal followed by hitting the left post after racing into the zone. Turco made a nifty diving save while rolling to his back. Nabokov poke checked Benn’s chance to keep thins deadlocked at 0-0. Ryan Vesce flat out whiffed on his shot, which makes his selection for the shootout an interesting one. Robidas ended things with a wrist shot that beat Nabokov, over the left shoulder.

Game Notes:

Modano’s goal tied him with Maurice Richard for 27th all time goal scoring list.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
DAL 0 0 2 0 1 3
SJ 0 2 0 0 0 2
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, SJ, Heatley 12 (Pavelski, Vlasic), 10:32. 2, SJ, Clowe 2 (unassisted), 12:43.
3rd period - 3, DAL, Neal 10 (Modano, Robidas), 5:50. 4, DAL, Modano 1 (Neal, Eriksson), 7:35.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - SJ: Pavelski (miss), Boyle (miss), Vesce (miss). DAL: Neal (miss), Benn (miss), Robidas (goal).
1st period - Barch, DAL (fighting major), 13:51; Stauitz, SJ (fighting major), 13:51; Ott, DAL (roughing), 14:41; Nichol, SJ (holding), 17:15.
2nd period - Ott, DAL (high sticking), 8:11; Huskins, SJ (high sticking), 13:58.
3rd period - Fistric, DAL (roughing), 2:36; Nichol, SJ (diving), 2:36, Bench, SJ (too many men), 3:46; Modano, DAL (slashing), 17:34.
Overtime - Huskins, SJ (hooking), 4:11.
Shots Saves
DAL - Turco 32 30
SJ - Nabokov 36 34
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
DAL 10 9 13 4 36
SJ 9 12 10 1 32
Power Play Conversion
DAL 0 of 5
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Marty Turco
Mike Modano
Ryane Clowe
Referees: Rehman, Meier. Linesmen: Cameron, Lazarowich.

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