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Sharks exact some revenge on Stars
SJ returns to the scene of their 4OT crusher
11/28/08 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks returned to the American Airlines Center for the first time since their heartbreaking playoff defeat to the Dallas Stars last spring. That 4 overtime defeat still haunts the Sharks, who were heavily favored in the series, but they were able to exercise some of their demons on Friday night with a 6-2 white-washing of the host Stars. Dan Boyle scored a pair of goals in the win to lead San Jose to a sixth straight win.

The Stars were without two of their key pieces from that playoff roster that ousted the Sharks in 6 games last May. Captain Brendan Morrow and agitator Steve Ott are both on the shelf, Morrow for the remainder of the season.

The new look Sharks introduced the Stars to their new offensive weapon in Boyle, who gave the Sharks the lead for good midway through the 1st period.

It took both teams 10 minutes to get their skates moving, but once they did, the goals came often. San Jose jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the period and never looked back.

Joe Pavelski cracked the impasse with his 8th goal of the season midway through the period. Ryane Clowe created the opportunity by intercepting a clearing attempt at his own blueline. Pavelski circled toward the slot as Clowe put a shot on goal, tipping it over Stars goaltender Marty Turco's right shoulder.

The Sharks lead would be short lived, after Stars left wing Loui Eriksson put a shot off Rob Blake's stick, chipping it past Evgeni Nabokov. Blake had position on Eriksson, but the unlucky bounce found the Sharks goal just 1:31 after the Pavelski goal.

A Landon Wilson high sticking penalty at 14:27 would prove costly for Dallas. The Sharks power play used a mere 11 seconds to grab the lead right back. Dan Boyle used a screen by Joe Thornton to put a shot from the point past Turco for the 2-1 lead. Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic would earn assists on the goal, but it was Thornton who created the necessary distraction in front of the Stars crease.

Thornton and Boyle would team up again 4 minutes later, but thus time Thornton would earn an assist. Skating behind the Stars net, Thornton had two passing options with both Boyle and Jeremy Roenick charging toward the net. Thornton elected to dish the puck to Boyle who was left unattended in the slot. The defenseman sent a shot that slipped past Turco's right skate for his 8th goal of the season.

Stars left wing James Neal put the Sharks back on the power play 1:45 into the 2nd period and once again the Sharks special teams play came up golden. Milan Michelak would deposit his 7th of the season on a tic-tac-toe passing sequence. Pavelski sent a pass through the slot to Clowe at the left dot, that was immediately pushed over to Michalek on the right post. The Czech winger had a wide open net and the Sharks had a 3-goal lead.

Rob Blake added his 227th career goal at 16:59 of the period on a shot from the right point. Once again, the Sharks got traffic in front of Turco, making it impossible for the Stars netminder to pick up the shot. This time it was Clowe, who let the puck sail between his skates en route the net. Turco barely flinched on the shot.

Turco would finish the period, but would call it a night after the 2nd intermission, surrendering the crease to Tobias Stephan.

Stephan would make it half the period before surrendering a goal. Tomas Plihal took a cross-ice feed from Clowe on the left wing, then bounced a shot off the near post. Stephan had the angle, but everything the Sharks threw on goal seemed to find the back of the net.

Neal would score a meaningless goal with 3:33 to play, adding a blemish to Nabokov's stellar night. The Sharks netminder would finish with 25 saves on 27 shots to earn his second straight win since returning from a lower body injury on Tuesday.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 3 2 1 6
DAL 1 0 1 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Pavelski 8 (Clowe), 11:45. 2, DAL, Eriksson 11 (Richards), 13:16. 3, SJ, Boyle 7 (Marleau, Vlasic), 14:38, (pp). 4, SJ, Boyle 8 (Thornton, Setoguchi), 18:45.
2nd period - 5, SJ, Michalek 7 (Clowe, ), 3:15, (pp). 6, SJ, Blake 4 (Thornton, Setoguchi), 16:59.
3rd period - 7, SJ, Plihal 3 (Clowe, Roenick), 9:44. 8, DAL, Neal 6 (Parrish, Ribeiro), 16:27.
1st period - Wilson, DAL (high sticking), 14:27; Goc, SJ (hooking), 16:06
2nd period - Neal, DAL (hooking), 1:45; Boyle, SJ (holding), 4:13; Modano, DAL (elbowing), 4:39; Cheechoo, SJ (hooking), 14:14.
3rd period - Plihal, SJ (hooking), 1:21; Barch, DAL (holding the stick), 5:26; Pavelski, SJ (hooking), 5:54; Niskanen, DAL (holding), 6:13; Blake, SJ (interference), 12:01; Richards, DAL (hooking), 19:45.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 27 25
DAL - Turco 19 14
DAL - Stephan 11 10
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 7 12 11 30
DAL 12 4 11 27
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 6
DAL 0 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Dan Boyle
Rob Blake
Joe Thornton
Referees: Dwyer, St. Pierre. Linesmen: Galloway, Gibbs.

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