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Another pounding in Dallas
Road trip starts much like the last
3/31/10 - By Mike Lee -

Kicking off the final road trip of the season, the Sharks started flat and finished flatter in a 5-1 loss to the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center on Wednesday night. The absence of any energy by the Sharks resulted in another big loss in Texas . The Sharks gave up a combined 13 goals in the last two games on Dallas ice.

With five games to play in the regular season, the Sharks look like anything but a steam-roller heading into the NHL’s second season. As was all too evident on their last road trip, San Jose failed to match their opponent’s intensity out of the gate and were forced to play catch up. Only problem is, there was no fight in the dog to stage a comeback.

The Stars turned the tables on the Sharks early, after Mike Ribeiro was sent off for unsportsmanlike conduct just a minute into the contest. Dallas cleared the puck on the ensuing play and pursued it down ice. Patrick Marleau lost control of the puck in his own zone after trying a between-the-legs pass just as Steve Ott was skating out from the Sharks end boards. Ott gathered up the turnover and cranked a shot past Evgeni Nabokov for the short-handed goal.

San Jose would counter on the same power play when Logan Couture tipped a Dan Boyle shot. Dany Heatley won a faceoff in the Stars zone, then drew the puck back to Boyle on the right point. The Sharks defenseman slid the puck along the blueline before unleashing a blast. The goal was reviewed to see if Couture caught the puck with a high stick, but it would stand.

Loui Eriksson made it 2-1 Stars at 10:20 of the period after Brad Richards sent a pass through the crease from the right side. Eriksson slipped underneath rookie defenseman Jason Demers for the easy tap in.

Brad Staubitz and Douglas Murray would take opposing penalties 45 seconds apart with 6 minute left in the period, giving the Stars a 5-on-3 for 75 seconds. The Sharks penalty kill did a good job to suppress the Stars power play. Dallas super agitator was sent off for boarding at 5:14 of the 2nd period after he sent Keny Huskins into the boards head first. The Sharks power play did not capitalize on the chance, and Marleau inexplicably tried another drop-pass between his legs. Once again, the Stars intercepted Marleau’s gaff and raced up ice on a short-handed chance. Luckily for Marleau, his netminder stopped the chance to keep the Stars lead at a single goal.

Brian Sutherby was the beneficiary of several defensive errors by the Sharks midway through the period. San Jose ’s defense coughed up the puck in their own zone, the Demers misplayed a 2-on-1 chance by dropping to his stomach to try and block a Jamie Benn shot. Benn was able to slide the puck into the crease where Sutherby deposited it for the 3-1 lead.

Ott made it 4-1 with this second goal of the game with 1:41 left in the period. Sutherby carried the puck into the Sharks zone and made a feed to the top of the crease, where Ott redirected it.

Manny Malhotra would be sent off for interference with 40 seconds left before the intermission and Ott would really stick it to San Jose . He would tap in a James Neal feed on the ensuing power play for his first career hat trick.

Nabokov’s night ended early after Sharks head coach odd McLellan pulled him to start the 3rd period in favor of Thomas Greiss.

Dallas would take three consecutive penalties in the final period, but San Jose ’s power play was uninspired, squandering the six minutes of man-advantage time.

Game Notes:

Ryane Clowe left the game in the 1st period after taking a puck in the throat. Brad Richards tried clearing the zone by lifting it out of the right corner, but the puck caught Clowe who was forechecking on the play.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 1 0 0 1
DAL 2 3 0 5
1st period - 1, DAL, Ott 17 (unassisted), 1:45, (sh). 2, SJ, Couture 3 (Boyle Heatley), 2:46, (pp). 3, DAL, Eriksson 29 (Richards, Neal), 10:20.
2nd period - 4, DAL, Sutherby 5 (Benn, Petersen), 12:16. 5, DAL, Ott 18 (Sutherby, Niskanen), 18:19. 6, DAL, Ott 19 (Neal, Eriksson), 19:27, (pp).
3rd period - None.
Penalties
1st period - Ribeiro, DAL (unsportsmanlike conduct), 1:03; Murray, SJ (interference), 3:01; Staubitz, SJ (interference), 13:19; Murray, SJ (interference), 14:04.
2nd period - Ott, DAL (boarding), 5:14; Robidas, DAL (interference), 8:41; Malhotra, SJ (interference), 19:18; Heatley, SJ (elbowing), 20:00.
3rd period - Neal, SJ (interference on goalkeeper), 3:59; Fistric, DAL (interference), 8:29; Segal, DAL (tripping), 13:39; Nichol, SJ (holding), 16:50; Demers, SJ (rouging), 19:49; Demers, SJ (fighting major), 19:49; Fistric, DAL (fighting major), 19:49.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 21 16
SJ - Greiss 8 8
DAL - Turco 30 29
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 13 8 9 30
DAL 9 12 8 29
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 6
DAL 1 of 7
3 Stars of the Game
Steve Ott
Brian Sutherby
Marty Turco
Attendence
17,263
Officials
Referees: StLaurent, Pollock. Linesmen: Cvik, Driscoll.
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