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Cutting Bait: Post Game Notes
Sharks @ Stars
3/15/11 - By Mike Lee -

» Joe Pavelski tied a single season high for assists (35) with his helper on Heatley's goal. Then established a new season high by adding three more assists on the night.

» The Sharks got a scare when Marc-Edouard Vlasic took a deflected puck off his Adam's Apple in the third period. With Niklas Wallin already knocked out of the game, San Jose couldn't afford to lose another defenseman. Vlasic would return to the ice after taking a shift off. Vlasic was tested at a Dallas hospital following the game.

» Vlasic finished the night with a team high +4 plus-minus. Ian White was a +3.

» Steve Ott will receive a nomination for next year's Academy Awards for his portrayal of a sniper victim after Heatley brushed him with an elbow late in the game. Ott went down in a heap and took a minute to gather his wits before struggling to get to the bench. It was a tear jerker.

» Toby Petersen's short-handed goal was the 10th for Dallas this season.

» San Jose finally got to Ott, getting him off the ice after he earned a 2, 5, and 10 for his scrap with Douglas Murray. Dallas did little with Ott in the dressing room.

» Heatley may want to rethink his decision to throw that elbow at Ott, as it put his teammates in a tight situation late in the game.

» San Jose finally won the blocked shot battle, preventing 21 Dallas shots from getting to the Sharks net. Dallas only blocked 13 shots. San Jose put 39 shots on goal.

» The Sharks dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 60% of the draws. Dallas out-hit San Jose 34-27.

» Stars head coach Marc Crawford was moaning over Douglas Murray's hit on Loui Erksson after the game. "I think that's one that (the league) will review and I'm sure that they will," Crawford told the Associated Press. "We're hopeful that Loui's going to be all right. He's not feeling very good right now and we'll see where he's at tomorrow. It's always the next day that you got to look to. The league has said that you want to take those hits out of the game, but it ends up being something we can't control and it's out of our hands now." Crawford failed to bring up the non-call on Jamie Lagenbrunner's boarding of Niklas Wallin that knocked the Sharks defenseman out of the game.

» With the quick road-trip behind them, the Sharks return home for a three game homestand against Minnesota, St Louis and Calgary. The Sharks then wrap up the regular season with 8 games against Pacific Division teams. They will square off against Dallas one more time, wrapping up the month of March at HP Pavilion against the Stars. In a scheduling oddity, the Sharks will play three of their last seven games against the Phoenix Coyotes.


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