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Sharks don't forget New Year's Eve loss
SJ jumps on Dallas early in 5-2 win
2/18/18 - By Mike Lee -

2017 ended with a thud for the Sharks when they fell flat in Dallas and were pummeled 6-0 by the Stars. They exacted some retribution on Sunday night, stunning the Stars with five goals to open the game en route to a 5-2 win SAP Center. Mikkel Boedker led San Jose with a pair of goals, and Joe Pavelski chipped in a goal and two assists. Martin Jones kept the high-powered Stars at bay early to earn his 18th win of the season.

Things weren't all win and roses for the Sharks who may have lost another major player to injury. Brent Burns was hurt in the 2nd period and tried to return, but called it a night after testing out things in his brief return.

The Sharks seemed destined to avenge the New Year's Eve Massacre from the opening faceoff. San Jose took the opening faceoff and rammed it down the Stars throats when Pavelski put a backhand chance past Ben Bishop 27 seconds into the game. San Jose grabbed a Stars turnover at the Dallas blueline then forced things to the slot where Pavelski put a spin-o-rama move and backhand shot while Melker Karlsson was locked up with Esa Lindell in front of Bishop.

Karlsson would bag a goal of his own almost 6 minutes later when a Timo Meier shot went wide of the left post but bounced off the end boards before hitting the net and rolling to the left side. Karlsson skated around John Klingberg and hacked at the puck, squeezing it between Bishop and the post.

Boedker potted the first of this two goals at 15:08 of the period with a shot from the top of the right circle. Stars winger Alexander Radulov tried to collect the shot with his stick, but ended up deflecting it perfectly past Bishop from the top of the crease.

Boedker converted for his 11th goal of the season two minutes later after Marc Methot was sent off for tripping. Boedker took a Chris Tierney feed as he sat parked in the slot before lifting a shot past Bishop. The puck appeared to cross the goal line before Methot's penalty expired, but the officials scorers ruled that it came even strength.

The four-goal period came on only 5 shots. Boedker's second tally spelled the end of the evening for Bishop, who was pulled in favor of Kari Lehtonen. Bishop's line looked gruesome, with a single save and the four goals allowed.

Lehtonen made it 5 minutes into the 2nd period before surrendering a goal himself. Justin Braun pumped a shot from the point, which evaded Lehtonen while Meier and Dan Hamhuis were jostling in front of the net.

A shutout would have made the retribution win even more sweeter, but it wasn't to be. Gemel Smith took a Brett Ritchie feed from the right side as he skated down the slot before snapping a shot past Jones to snap the shutout bid.

The goal gave the Stars reason to make a push, which resulted in Tyler Pitnick's 11th goal of the season. Klingberg put a shot on net that bounced off Jones' right pad, landing right on Pitnick's stick as he drove toward the net. The Stars forward had toe navigate to this left before sliding the puck home to cut the Sharks lead to three goals.

With twelve minutes left on the clock, Dallas looked as if they would make a run, but Jones kept them subdued. The Stars out-shot San Jose 12-8 in the period, but the Sharks limited the exposure in the front of the net. Dallas head coach refrained from pulling Lehtonen for an extra attacker late in the game, conceding the game.

Game Notes:

* The Sharks were mum on Burns injury following the game. Justin Braun suggested in his post game comments that Burns would not miss any time.

* The attendance was in stark contrast to the two mid-week games at SAP Center ealier in the week. The early start on Sunday on a holiday weekend made for a more attractive game to attend. The combined attendance on Tuesday and Thursday may have been smaller than the announced sellout on Sunday night.

* Six Sharks finished the game with two or more points. In addition to Pavelski's 3 point night and Mikkel Boedker's 2 goal evening, Justin Braun and Melker Karlsosn finished with a goal and an assist each, and Tim Meier, Marc-Edouard Vlasic finished with two assists respectively.


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1 2 3 T
DAL 0 0 2 2
SJ 4 1 0 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Pavelski 15 (Meier, Vlasic), 0:27. 2, SJ, Karlsson 8 (Meier, Pavelski), 5:59. 3, SJ, Boedker 10 (Hansen, Braun), 15:08. 4, SJ, Boedker 11 (Tierney, Vlasic), 17:23.
2nd period - 5, SJ, Braun 2 (Pavelski, Karlsson), 5:00.
3rd period - 6, DAL, Smith 5 (Ritchie, Johns), 5:36. 7, DAL, Pitlick 11 (Klingberg, Roussel), 8:57.
1st period - Johns, DAL (tripping), 3:21; Mthot, DAL (tripping), 15:23.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - None.
Shots Saves
DAL - Bishop 5 1
DAL - Lehtonen 21 22
SJ - Jones 28 26
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
DAL 11 5 12 28
SJ 6 14 8 28
Power Play Conversion
DAL 0 of 0
SJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
Mikkel Boedker
Justin Braun
SAP Center - 17,562
Referees: Rooney, Walsh. Linesmen: Cormier, Nagy.
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