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Losing streak snapped in Dallas
Sharks score 5 goals then hang on for 5-4 win
11/11/2022 - By Mike Lee

After dropping a 5-3 decision to a beatable team on Thursday night, the Sharks bounced back 24 hours later by beating one of the tougher opponents in the league on Friday. The Sharks scored 5 times en route to a big 5-4 victory over the host Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center.

Five different Sharks scored in a game that they dominated, yet almost let slip away.

Dallas opened the game's scoring 4:42 into the contest after the Sharks coughed the puck up in the Stars zone. Captain Jamie Benn carried the puck up the left side on a 2-on-1 before cutting toward the slot and snapping a shot that caught the upper left corner of the Sharks net.

Roope Hintz was sent off for high sticking less than 2 minutes later setting up the 1st of two Sharks power plays on the night. Alexander Barabanov used the advantage to score his 1st goal of the season just 10 seconds into the penalty. Barabanov snapped a shot from the right dot after a Logan Couture shot bounced off both goaltender Jake Oettinger and Tomas Hertl. The puck kicked out to Barabanov for the immediate return on net.

Evgeny Svechnikov made his return to the Sharks lineup after being scratched the last three games. He would make it count, as he scored his 3rd goal of the season at the 12:18 mark. The Russian forward beat Mason Marchment to a chipped pass from Oskar Lindblom and beat Oettinger from the slot. Lindblom waved at the puck as a Stars defender tried to collect the puck against the right wing boards, pushing it over to Svechnikov.

The Sharks looked to carry the 1-goal lead into the 1st intermission, but a turnover ended up in their own net with 21 seconds left on the clock. Once again Benn converted after the Sharks failed to control the puck. Erik Karlsson had a chance to carry the puck out of the Sharks zone but Ty Dellandra picked his pocket in the slot before Benn buried it. The goal came 20 seconds after Barabanov missed on a slam dunk chance.

Timo Meier helped San Jose reclaim the lead just 29 seconds into the 2nd period. After a Stars turnover in their own end, Kevin Labanc gathered the puck just inside the blueline. Labanc saw Meier open on the right side. Meier collected the puck and ripped a shot from 30 feet out for his 7th goal of the season.

San Jose doubled up their lead 36 seconds later after Barabanov picked Miro Heiskanen's pocket along the right wing boards. Barabanov skated the puck around the back of the Stars net and circled around the left post and sent a backhand pass through the crease to Logan Couture who fired it home for his 6th of the season.

Couture completed his first career Gordie Howe hat trick with just under 3 minutes remaining in the period when he dropped the gloves with Benn.

San Jose like the idea of scoring early in the period so much, they duplicated the feat to start the 3rd period. Tomas Hertl scored his 4th goal of the season 29 seconds in after taking a Meier feed and skating in on Oettinger and lifting the puck home giving him goals in 3 straight games.

The Sharks thought they would make things interesting by let the Stars creep back into the game. Hintz scored his 6th of the season at 6:18 with a shot from the right dot that clanked off the left post after the Stars worked the puck off the end boards.

Former Sharks captain Joe Pavelski made it a 1-goal lead when he scored his 7th of the season with 8 minutes to play. Pavelski carried the puck into the Sharks zone on the right side before sending a cross ice pass to Jason Robertson. Pavelski's linemate pumped a shot on goal that James Reimer denied with a kick save, but the puck bounced out to the right dot for a put back chance that found the back of the net.

The final 5 minutes were wild as the Stars tried to pot the equalizer. Reimer came up big to deny Dallas. The Stars pulled Oettinger with 1:44 to play but could not match the Sharks 5th goal. They banked a shot off the crossbar, but that's as close as they would come.

Game Notes:

* Sharks head coach David Quinn earned his 100th career victory.

* 9 players recorded points for San Jose. Timo Meier, Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl and Alexander Barabanov all had a multi-point night.

* It took 861 games, but Logan Couture finally recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick. Per Darrin Stevens, only 6 players recorded the same feat later in their careers.

* The Sharks snapped their 5 game losing streak, and in doing so, they also ended a 7-game losing streak in Dallas.

* The Sharks get Saturday off, although they will use it as a travel day to Minneapolis, in advance of their game with the Wild on Sunday. That game will start at 3pm on the west coast.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 2 2 1 5
DAL 2 0 2 4
1st period - 1, DAL, Benn 5 (unassisted), 4:42. 2, SJ, Barabanov 1 (Hertl, Couture), 6:13, (pp). 3, SJ, Svechnikov 3 (Linblom, Lorentz), 12:18. 4, DAL, Benn 6 (Dellandrea), 19:39.
2nd period - 5, SJ, Meier 7 (Labanc), 0:29. 6, SJ, Couture 6 (Barabanov), 1:05.
3rd period - 7, SJ, Hertl 4 (Meier, Megna), 0:29. 8, DAL, Hintz 6 (Robertson, Pavelski), 6:18. 9, DAL, Pavelski 7 (Robertson, Heiskanen), 12:06.
1st period - Hintz, DAL (high sticking), 6:03; Dellandrea, DAL (hooking), 14:20; Kunin, SJ (roughing), 17:00; Heiskanen, DAL (cross checking), 17:00.
2nd period - Couture, SJ (fighting major), 17:09; Benn, DAL (fighting major), 17:09.
3rd period - Benning, SJ (interference), 2:20.
Shots Saves
SJ - Reimer 29 25
DAL - Oettinger 18 13
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 11 4 3 18
DAL 7 11 11 29
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 2
DAL 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Timo Meier
Logan Couture
Jamie Benn
American Airlines Center - 18,532
Referees: #9 Dan O'Rourke, #10 Kyle Rehman . Linesmen: #79 Kiel Murchison, #77 Caleb Apperson .

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