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Stars benefit from Sharks charity
SJ endes horrific home stand with shootout loss
12/11/09 - By Mike Lee -

The season of giving continued at HP Pavilion, where the Sharks doled out another pair of points in the standings to a visiting team. San Jose blew another 3rd period lead, then last 11 rounds in the shootout, before succumbing to the visiting Dallas Stars. The loss was their fourth straight, all coming on home ice and for the second consecutive game, comes at the hands of a division foe.

The Sharks matched a physical Dallas team in the opening period, then buried their heads in the sand for the remainder of regulation. San Jose held a 2-1 lead entering the 3rd period, but a lack of urgency would lead to a Dallas comeback. The loss wrapped up a 1-1-2 home stand which should have provided some breathing room in the Western Conference standings. Instead, San Jose has three of the four other teams in the Pacific Division suddenly breathing down their necks.

Evgeni Nabokov would turn aside 42 shots in the loss.

An interference penalty to Rob Blake, while the two teams skated 4-on-4 gave the Stars some extra ice to work with midway through the opening period. A hooking call on Kent Huskins a minute later, gave Dallas a minute of 5-on-3 power play time.

San Jose would kill off Blake’s penalty, but the penalty kill failed to clear a puck and it ended up in the Sharks net. Trevor Daley picked off a Jed Ortmeyer clearing attempt along the right wing boards, then snapped a pass to Mike Ribeiro on the left post for the easy tap in.

Dany Heatley would knot the game at 1-1 with his 20th goal of the season less than two minutes later. Heatley sent a one-time chance off a feed from Joe Thornton just outside the right post, beating Stars netminder Marty Turco stick side.

Rob Blake made it 2-1 Sharks with a blast from the right point with 3:09 remaining in the period. Heatley carried the puck up the right wing boards, then dropped a pass after slamming on the breaks just past the blueline. Blake’s blast deflected off Mike Modano’s stick, squeezing between Turco’s pads for his 2nd tally of the season.

The Stars picked up the tempo in the 2nd period, forcing much of the play in the Sharks zone. By contrast, the Sharks settled into a defensive shell allowing Dallas to dictate much of the play.

A Jamie McGinn high sticking penalty late in the period gave the Stars an opportunity to even things up, but the Sharks snuffed out the chance.

The Stars urgency would carry over into the 3rd period. San Jose would hold off the Stars until the 10:42 mark, when Brad Richards deposited his 10th goal of the season past Nabokov after the Sharks netminder was knocked to his knees.

Trevor Daley gave the Sharks their second power play of the night at 12:53, but the Sharks power play was a tepid as the rest of their offense.

Turco would save the Stars bacon with 2:40 to play in regulation by reaching back to stone McGinn after a shot deflected out to the Sharks forward. Turco had his back to McGinn, and reached around with his glove to snag McGinn’s shot.

In the overtime, a Matt Niskanen shot hit Nabokov and deflected toward the goal, but Dan Boyle was able to sweep the puck safely away from the goal line. Joe Pavelski had his own chance in tight, but his backhand chance clanked off the right post.

In the shootout, McLellan deferred to Dallas , where Loui Eriksson put a shot right into Nabokov’s pads. Pavelski tried wristing a shot that Turco deflected. Richards would beat Nabokov with a forehand goal. Ryane Clowe’s backhand chance missed the net altogether. Nabokov made a leg pad save on Ribeiro to keep the Sharks in it. Devin Setoguchi finally got the Sharks on the boar by sliding a puck past Turco to extend it to the 4th round.

Nabokov stoned Stephane Robidas’ forfehand chance, remembering the defenseman’s move from a shootout between the two teams earlier this season. Turco would answer by denying Boyle’s forehand chance.

James Neal tried a snap shot blocked, but the Sharks would simply look awful with their next group of shooters. Heatley fanned on his shot, but Nabokov stopped Jere Lehitinen’s backhand try. Marleau put a weak forehand try that Turco easily brushed aside, but Brendan Morrow’s 5-hole look was denied. Turco poked the puck away from Thornton . Tom Wandell missed the net, but Turco bailed him out by poke checking Manny Malhotra’s try.

Nabokov stuffed Sharks killer MikeModano, but once again Turco used the poke check to stop the Sharks, stopping a Jamie McGinn. Benn with a backhand miss. Mitchell snap shot stopped. Niskanen finally put a snap shot past Nabokov. Turco would end things by stopping Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s meek attempt.

Game Notes:

Defenseman Jay Leach made his Sharks debut, donning number 28. Leach was claimed off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens last week. Leach was in the lineup because Douglas Murray was nursing a neck injury he sustained in the Los Angeles game on Wednesday.


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Scoring
1 2 3 OT SO T
DAL 1 0 1 0 1 3
SJ 2 0 0 0 0 2
1st period - 1, DAL, Ribeiro 9 (Daley), 13:08, (pp). 2, Heatley 20 (Thornton, Boyle), 15:00. 3, SJ, Blake 2 (Heatley, Malhotra), 16:51.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 4, DAL, Richards 10 (Eriksson, Robidas), 10:42.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - DAL: Eriksson (miss), Richards (goal), Ribeiro (miss), Robidas (miss), Neal (miss), Lehtinen (miss), Morrow (miss), Wandell (miss), Modano (miss), Benn (miss), Niskanen (goal). SJ: Pavelski (miss), Clowe (miss), Setoguchi (goal), Boyle (miss), Heatley (miss), Marleau (miss), Thornton (miss), Malhotra (miss), McGinn (miss), Mitchell (miss), Vlasic (miss).
Penalties
1st period - Ott, DAL (cross checking), 5:05; Ott, DAL (roughing), 5:05; Leach, DAL (roughing), 5:05; Morrow, DAL (roughing), 9:30; Joslin, SJ (roughing), 9:30; Blake, SJ (interference), 10:34; Huskins, SJ (hooking), 11:36; Morrow, DAL (roughing), 16:13; Clowe, SJ (roughing), 16:13.
2nd period - Joslin, SJ (interference), 15:09; McGinn, SJ (high sticking), 19:07.
3rd period - Blake, SJ (hooking), 7:05; Daley, DAL (tripping), 12:53.
Overtime - None.
 
Goaltending
Shots Saves
DAL - Turco 35 33
SJ - Nabokov 44 42
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
DAL 14 16 13 1 44
SJ 13 6 12 4 35
Power Play Conversion
DAL 1 of 5
SJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Matt Niskanen
Evgeni Nabokov
Marty Turco
Attendence
17,562
Officials
Referees: StPierre, Sutherland. Linesmen: McElman, Rody.

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