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It's all business when dad's around
Sharks roll Stars 5-2 with fathers in attendance
2/2/12 - By Mike Lee -

A year ago, Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson gave his team a tongue lashing on the team bus after his players laid an egg on the first leg of their annual "Fathers Trip". San Jose treats each player and that player's father with a road trip as a team bonding exercise once during the regular season, and last year didn't start off so well. As the Sharks prepare to embark on this year's trip, the Sharks treated their dads to a goal-fest and a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars at HP Pavilion on Thursday night.

The Sharks built on their 6-0 shellacking of Columbus two nights earlier by putting five pucks past Dallas goaltender Richard Bachman. Five different Sharks scored, including Logan Couture, who netted his team leading 22nd goal of the season.

San Jose extended a streak of scoring two goals in a period to five with dual tallies in both the 1st and 2nd periods. They could only pot a single goal in the 3rd period, snapping the impressive streak.

Michal Handzus opened the scoring by tipping a Brent Burns blast past Bachman 4:42 into the game. Burns took a feed from Jamie McGinn along the right wing boards, before pivoting toward the high slot and unleashing a shot from the blueline. The shot hit Handzus in the stick, altering its trajectory and fooling Bachman.

Joe Pavelski scored the first of two Shark power play goals at 16:32 after Alex Goligoski was sent off for high sticking.

"I think our power play is starting to look more like it should," said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan. "There is some emotion. They are starting to shoot it a little bit more. You sense a more confident group when they go on the ice."

The Sharks impressive shutout streak came to an end 12:41 into the 2nd period after Ryane Clowe was sent off for tripping. It had been 190 minutes and 51 seconds since an opponent had put a puck in the Sharks net, which is a new franchise record. By that definition the streak should be longer because the Sharks put the puck into their own net. Steve Ott was credited with the goal, but it was Dan Boyle who swept the puck past teammate Thomas Greiss. Boyle was jostling with Ott as the two charged up the slot, and his clearing attempt caught Greiss by surprise.

"I think good defense leads to good offense," said Sharks captain Joe Thornton. "We've been doing that for the last few games and it's been working out for us."

Vern Fidler put the Sharks on the power play less than a minute later, allowing the Sharks to push their lead back to two goals. Logan Couture deflected a Burns shot past Bachman. Couture got his stick blade in front of Trevor Daly's skate as the two fought for position in front of the Stars net.

Niklas Grossman handed San Jose their fourth goal of the evening after coughing up the puck in his own zone on a breakout attempt. Pavelski intercepted the turnover and faked a shot before sliding the puck to Thornton for the easy deposit.

The Sharks handed the Stars another goal 6:22 into the 3rd period when Greiss failed to get a glove on a puck that sat perched in front of him. The Sharks netminder tried to get his paddle perched behind it, but Jamie Benn punched it past the meek effort setup a barrier.

Making his first appearance in 6 games since suffering a facial injury, Ryane Clowe bagged his 10th goal of the season with 9 minutes to play on a put back from the slot. Lowe fired a puck off Bachman, then fired home the rebound as Couture crashed the net and created a bit of a distraction.

"It's three [games] they've taken from us, twice here," said Ott. "They're a great hockey club over there; they're well-built. But, it gives us no excuse to not be a competitive team against them. They've got a lot of skill; we've got a lot of work ethic. For us, we need to find a way to match up. Hopefully, the next three, we'll turn the tide and we'll continue to focus on competing again from there."

Game Notes:

Greiss got the start because Antti Niemi was injured in practice on Wednesday. Tyson Sexsmith was recalled from Worcester and dressed for his first NHL game as Greiss' backup. Defenseman Justin Demers was also placed on injured reserve on Thursday. San Jose won 77% of all faceoffs.


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1 2 3 T
DAL 0 1 1 2
SJ 2 2 1 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Handzus 5 (Burns, McGinn), 4:42. 2, SJ, Pavelski 19 (Thornton, Marleau), 16:32, (pp).
2nd period - 3, DAL, Ott 8 (unassisted), 12:41, (pp). 4, SJ, Couture 22 (Burns, Marleau), 14:59, (pp). 5, SJ, Thornton 11 (Pavelski), 16:43.
3rd period - 6, DAL, Benn 15 (Larsen, Ott), 6:22. 7, SJ, Clowe 10 (Couture, Burns), 11:34.
1st period - Goligoski, DAL (high sticking), 16:12; Burish, DAL (roughing), 18:40; Burish, DAL (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:40; Burns, SJ (roughing), 18:40.
2nd period - Ott, DAL (holding), 1:00; Burns, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 4:58; Clowe, SJ (tripping), 11:19; Fiddler, DAL (interference), 13:36; Nystrom, DAL (boarding), 17:22.
3rd period - None.
Shots Saves
DAL - Bachman 37 32
SJ - Greiss 21 20
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
DAL 7 4 10 21
SJ 15 13 9 37
Power Play Conversion
DAL 1 of 2
SJ 2 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
Logan Couture
Brent Burns
Referees: McCauley, Morton. Linesmen: Rody, Murray.
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