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3rd period kind to Sharks
San Jose kicks off big trip with 5-3 win
11/8/14 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks kicked off a tough 7-game road trip on Saturday night with wild 5-3 win over the host Dallas Stars in Texas. Brent Burns scored a pair of 3rd period goals, to help the Sharks turn the tables on an opponent for a change. San Jose overcame a Tyler Seguin hat trick to upend the Stars, who held a 3-1 lead through 40 minutes of play and lost for the 7th consecutive time.

Coughing up 3rd leads is something the Sharks have become accustomed to, but it was their turn to overtake an opponent with a 3rd period surge. Burns broke a 3-3 tie midway through the final period with a shot from the right wing boards that caught twine after Stars defenseman Kevin Connauton decided to go head hunting instead of playing defense.

With James Sheppard standing on the Stars doorstep, Connauton tried bum-rushing him from the right side. Connauton ended up missing Sheppard and bull dozing his own goaltender. Burns threw the puck into a wide open net from 40 feet while goaltender Anders Lindback could only watch.

Burns had tied the game 4 minutes earlier with a one-timer from the left wing off a Logan Couture feed. San Jose found themselves on a 2-on-1 break after Burns and Seguin collided at center ice. Burns kept his skates, while Seguin went sprawling to the ice.

The Stars grabbed the 1-0 lead 8:03 into the game, taking advantage of a fortuitous bounce when Sergei Gonchar threw the puck on net from the right point. The puck hit Tyler Seguin in the shoulder, redirecting the shot enough to fool Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock. The goal was Seguin's 8th of the season, but he wasn't done.

The former bluechip prospect added his 9th tally of the season 2:23 later, by rifling a shot past Stalock from 20-feet out. Seguin used a Shark defender to screen the shot that sailed over Stalock's left shoulder for the 2-0 lead.

James Sheppard cut the Stars lead in half with 2:46 to play in the opening period. The Sharks worked the puck down low and fired a pair of shots on Stars goaltender Anders Lindback. Sheppard retrieved a rebound outside the left post before lifting a shot over Lindback for his 3rd goal of the season.

Sheppard has been one of the Sharks more consistent players since returning from an injury which sidelined him for the first 6 games of the season.

Seguin completed the hat trick by bombing a shot on the power play at 15:28 of the 2nd period after Tyler Kennedy was sent off for tripping Colton Sceviour. The Sharks had killed a suspect goaltender interference penalty on Kennedy 1 minute earlier, but when Sceviour stepped on Kennedy's stick, they found themselves back on the penalty kill.

The goal was the first on the power play for Dallas in their last 17 tries.

San Jose started their comeback 4 minutes into the 3rd period when Patrick Marleau deposited his 5th goal of the season on a put back after Joe Pavelski bounced a shot off Lindback. Logan Couture fed Pavelski in the high slot from the right corner. Lindback squared up on Pavelski's shot, but the rebound dropped to the front of the net as Marleau was slicing across the slot. Trevor Daley was late to cover Marleau, as the Sharks forward swept the puck past Lindback.

Stalock made the save of the game with a desperation pad save with 5 minutes left in regulation. Sceviour had a side open net, but his backhand chance was denied when Stalock kicked his right pad out. Shawn Horcoff gathered the rebound and tried lifting a shot from the left side that hit Stalock in the chest before Jordie Benn put yet another shot on net from the high slot.

Joe Thornton ended any thoughts of a Stars comeback with an empty-net goal with 40 seconds left in the contest. Thornton was otherwise unspectacular.

The Sharks have a quick turnaround, playing Sunday evening in Chicago. The Sharks will have less than 24 hours before facing the Blackhawks at the United Center.

Game Notes:

* Mirco Mueller stood out for his feisty play all night. The rookie defenseman raised the ire of the Stars on several occasions as he mixed it up with the opposition after several whistles.

* Justin Braun led all players with 5 blocked shots during the game.

* Jason Spezza recorded his 700th career assist on Seguin's 3rd goal.

* Logan Couture recorded 3 assists on the night.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 0 4 5
DAL 2 1 0 3
1st period - 1, DAL, Seguin 8 (Gonchar, Connauton), 8:03. 2, DAL, Seguin 9 (Benn, Cole), 10:26. 3, SJ, Sheppard 3 (Vlasic, Hertl), 17:14.
2nd period - 4, DAL, Seguin 10 (Roussel, Spezza), 15:28, (pp).
3rd period - 5, SJ, Marleau 5 (Pavelski, Couture), 3:51, (pp). 6, SJ, Burns 5 (Couture, Marleau), 6:38. 7, SJ, Burns 6 (Hertl, Sheppard), 10:23. 8, SJ, Thornton 4 (Couture, Braun), 19:18, (en).
1st period - Braun, SJ (slashing), 13:46; Daley, DAL (high sticking), 14:31.
2nd period - Kennedy, SJ (goaltender interference), 12:00; Kennedy, SJ (tripping), 15:18.
3rd period - Benn, DAL (slashing), 3:40; Irwin, SJ (embellishment), 6:10; Roussel, DAL (hooking), 6:10; Pavelski, SJ J(hooking), 6:54; McGinn, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 12:48; Stalock, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 18:51; Roussel, DAL (goaltender interference), 18:51; Roussel, DAL (10 min misconduct), 18:51.
Shots Saves
SJ - Stalock 39 36
DAL - Lindback 29 24
DAL - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 9 12 29
DAL 12 12 16 40
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 2
DAL 1 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Brent Burns
Tyler Seguin
James Sheppard
Referees: LaRue, Hebert. Linesmen: Cvik, Murphy.
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