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Karlsson leads epic comeback over Stars
SJ scores 5 unanswered goals to erase 3-goal deficit
1/18/2022 - By Mike Lee

Things looked bleak for the San Jose Sharks. When Radek Faksa scored 7 minutes into the 2nd period, the Sharks had fallen behind 3-0 to the best team in the Western Conference. Everyone expected San Jose to roll over, but they didn't. After dropping a heartbreaker to the New Jersey Devils on Monday and falling behind to the Dallas Stars, the Sharks stormed back with 5 unanswered goals to stun Dallas 5-3 at SAP Center.

Erik Karlsson led the charge with a 4 point night. The defenseman scored a goal and added 3 assists as San Jose won on home ice for only the 5th time this season.

The Stars grabbed the 1-0 lead at 6:43 on a simple wrist shot that eluded Sharks goaltender James Reimer. Ty Dellandrea, who had scored 1 goal in his last 22 games, carried the puck near the right dot before snapping a simple shot that Reimer needed to stop. The shin-high shot slipped under Reimer's glove for Dellandrea's 6th goal of the season.

Mikey Eyssimont came closest to scoring for San Jose in the opening frame, when his shot attempt hit the Stars crossbar. Dallas would carry a 10-6 advantage in shots to the 1st intermission.

The Sharks killed a pair of Stars penalties, including one that carried over into the 2nd period. San Jose was then awarded a chance to tie the game on the man advantage when Jason Robertson was whistled for hooking Matt Nieto on a Sharks break.

San Jose would make 4 attempts at skating the puck into the Dallas zone, and each attempt was quickly cleared. The Sharks near got the puck past the dots on the power play opportunity.

Robertson would make the Sharks pay at 3:54, when he gloved a floating Colin Miller pass as he sat parked in the slot. Robertson immediately dropped the puck and chipped a shot past Reimer for his 30th goal of the season.

San Jose fell victim to an unlucky deflection 3 minutes later when Radek Faksa sent a shot that hit Timo Meier's skate, before changing directions and slipping past Reimer.

Steven Lorentz finally got the Sharks on the board at 9:41. After preserving the zone, Noah Gregor carried the puck off the blueline and made a feed to Lorentz who split him and the Stars goal. Lorentz turned to face the net and whipped a shot past Jake Oettinger for his 5th tally of the season.

Nick Bonino made it a 3-2 game 2 minutes later, one-timing a shot from the slot past Oettinger. Alexander Barabanov circled behind the Stars net from left to right before finding Bonino cutting down the middle.

Jamie Benn was sent off for hooking, but this time the Sharks would take advantage of the power play opportunity. Timo Meier threw the puck to the front of the net from the right wing boards. The puck hit Jani Hakanpaa's stick and lifted past Oettinger for the power play goal.

San Jose was forced to kill an Eyssimont penalty that carried over 1:44 worth of 5-on-4 time into the 3rd period. The Sharks penalty kill was perfect on the night, going 3-for-3.

The Sharks would grab their first lead of the night at 10:41 when Karlsson snapped a shot from the right dot, beating Oettinger to the near side. The Stars goaltender tried to cut off the nearside corner by leaping upwards, but he was too late to stop Karlsson's 15th goal of the season.

Logan Couture added an empty netter, assisted by Karlsson to cap the game's scoring.

Game Notes:

* Sharks assistant coach Ryan Warsofsky took a puck right above his left eyebrow toward he end of the 1st period. He was sporting several stitches as he took his spot on the bench to start the 2nd period.

* Stars head coach Peter DeBoer and bench coach Steve Spott donned pins honoring former Sharks player and scout Bryan Marchment. DeBoer and Spott worked with Marchment when the pair served in similar positions with San Jose.

* The game marked the 6th time this season that that Erik Karlsson recorded 3 points or more.

* Joe Thornton was in attendance, sitting in the team box high above the ice.

* The Sharks now hi the road for 8 straight. The first 5 games come before the All Star Break, followed by 3 games to wrap up the trip. Given their home record, this isn't necessarily a bad thing.


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1 2 3 T
DAL 1 2 0 3
SJ 0 3 2 5
1st period - 1, DAL, Dellandrea 6 (Heiskanen, Benn), 6:43.
2nd period - 2, DAL, Robertson 30 (Miller, Heiskanen), 3:54. 3, DAL, Faksa 4 (Olofsson, Lundkvist), 6:57. 4, SJ, Lorentz 5 (Gregor), 9:41. 5, SJ, Bonino 7 (Barabanov, Karlsson), 11:49. 6, SJ, Meier 26 (Karlsson, Hertl), 15:18, (pp).
3rd period - 7, SJ, Karlsson 15 (Bonino, Sturm), 10:41. 8, SJ, Couture 16 (Karlsson), 19:24, (en).
1st period - Ferraro, SJ (holding), 10:47; Megna, SJ (cross checking), 19:19.
2nd period - Robertson, DAL (hooking), 1:17; Heiskanen, DEL (hooking), 7:16; Benn, DAL (hooking), 13:43; Eyssimont, SJ (tripping), 19:44.
3rd period - None.
Shots Saves
DAL - Oettinger 27 23
DAL - empty net 1 0
SJ - Reimer 36 33
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
DAL 10 10 16 36
SJ 6 12 10 28
Power Play Conversion
DAL 0 of 3
SJ 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Erik Karlsson
Nick Bonino
Miro Heiskanen
SAP Center - 12,315
Referees: #24 Graham Skilliter, #6 Francis Charron. Linesmen: #51 Andrew Smith, #94 Bryan Pancich.

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