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Three stinkers in a row
Stars hand Sharks worst loss of the season
3/16/10 - By Mike Lee -

After talking about putting their A-game out on the ice, the Sharks turned in their worst performance of the season in an embarrassing 8-2 loss to the Dallas Stars in Texas on Tuesday night. It was hard to tell which team had the best record in the Western Conference and which was the team essentially waiting for its season to end. The Stars are all but eliminated from the playoff race, but they man-handled the Sharks in San Jose ’s most lopsided loss of the season.

The eight goals Dallas rang up came in the form of two power play goals, four even strength goals and a pair of short-handed tallies. Both Shark goaltenders were riddled for four-goals apiece and the defensive play combined for a minus 25.

The Sharks got themselves into penalty trouble early in the game, once again stifling any opportunity to generate any offense. A high sticking double minor was partially overlapped by a delay of game penalty to Joe Thornton for lifting the puck over the glass. San Jose would kill the Setoguchi infraction, but they wouldn’t be so lucky with Thornton in the box.

Brad Richards scored his 19th goal of the season on the power play after Jed Ortmeyer failed to clear the puck. Steve Ott sent a cross-ice pass to Richards on the right dot for the one-time shot that sailed past Evgeni Nabokov.

San Jose fell victim to a little bad puck and a little lack of execution to start the 2nd period. Stars defenseman Karlis Skratins threw a puck the length of the ice on what have should have been an icing call, but Sharks defenseman Jay Leach skated around the wrong side of the goal. The puck kicked out to Toby Petersen, who out-skated the four other Sharks on the ice and punched home his 9th goal of the season.

Dallas would make it 3-0 two minutes later on a Brandon Segal goal. Bad defensive positioning by all five Sharks skaters would cost them at 7:46. Sensing a lack of any urgency, Dallas pushed on the forecheck and mucked the puck along the end boards until Mike Ribeiro slipped behind the Sharks net and sent a pass to Brendan Morrow for the one timer. Morrow’s shot beat Nabokov high to the glove side, ending the Shark netminder’s evening.

Stephan Robidas was assessed a major for boarding Ryane Clowe midway through the period, giving the Sharks a 5 minute power play. Rob Blake helped squander that chance by taking a poor holding penalty midway through the power play.

Joe Thornton would follow that up by taking a meaningless slashing penalty at the end of the Robidas penalty to put the Sharks down a man.

The Sharks would finally get on the board with 1:21 to play in the period. Dan Boyle roofed a shot from the bottom of left circle after Brian Sutherby was sent off for hooking. Up to that point Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen had stopped 30 straight Shark shots.

Devin Setoguchi cut the Stars lead to 4-2 just 5q seconds into the 3rd period. The Sharks winger took a short feed from Patrick Marleau near the slot and uncorked a 20-foot shot that beat Lehtonen up high.

A Mark Fistric tripping penalty at 5:53 put the Sharks in the spot they wanted, but the lack of attention and detail would make it a 5-2 game when Ribeiro caught the Sharks with a short-handed goal.

Barch went back in the box for hooking three minutes later, and the Sharks obliged them with more half-hearted play. Riberio once again steamed up ice, but this time he sent a diagonal pass to Morrow who was cutting on the off wing for the tap in goal.

Steve Ott got in on the goal fest wih his 13th of the season at 12:01.

San Jose took a too many men on the ice penalty, which setup the Stars 8th goal of the night. Ribeiro fired home a Richards feed through the slot for this 17th of the season.

Dallas would score 4 goals on 7 shots in the final period.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 1 2
DAL 1 3 4 8
1st period - 1, DAL, Richards 19 (Ott, Daley), 9:28, (pp).
2nd period - 2, DAL, Petersen 9 (Skrastins), 2:34. 3, DAL, Segal 6 (Grossman, Morrow), 4:30. 4, DAL, Morrow 16 (Ribeiro, Segal), 7:46. 5, SJ, Boyle 12 (Thornton, Pavelski), 18:39, (pp).
3rd period - 6, SJ, Setoguchi 17 (Marleau, Clowe), 0:51. 7, DAL, Ribeiro 16 (Eriksson, Daley), 6:56, (sh). 8, DAL, Morrow 17 (Ribeiro), 10:02, (sh). 9, DAL, Ott 13 (Ribeiro), 12:01. 10, DAL, Ribeiro 17 (Richards, Morrow), 15:53, (pp).
Penalties
1st period - Setoguchi, SJ (high sticking – double minor), 4:17; Morrow, DAL (interference), 5:43; Thornton , SJ (delay of game – puck over glass), 7:58; Clowe, SJ (fighting major), 12:27; Barch, DAL (fighting major), 12:27.
2nd period - Leach, SJ (fighting major), 3:22; Barch, DAL (fighting major), 3:22; Robidas, DAL (boarding major), 10:59; Blake, SJ (holding), 13:13; Thornton, SJ (slashing), 15:46; Sutherby, DAL (hooking), 18:09.
3rd period - Fistric, DAL (tripping), 5:53; Barch, DAL (hooking), 9:00; Bench, SJ (too many men), 14:42.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 17 13
SJ - Greiss 14 10
DAL - Lehtonen 47 45
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 13 19 15 47
DAL 11 13 7 31
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 5
DAL 2 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Kari Lehtonen
Mike Ribeiro
Brendan Morrow
Attendence
18,532
Officials
Referees: Lee, Watson. Linesmen: Murray, Sharrers.
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