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One step closer to the end
Stars sweep Sharks in season series with 6-3 tilt
3/26/2024 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks miserable season took one step closer to finality with the Sharks closing out their 3-game home stand with a 6-3 loss to the Dallas Stars at SAP Center on Thursday night. The Sharks tried to make a go of it against the high-powered Stars offense, but in the end, San Jose was simply outclassed by a team vying for the top spot in the Western Conference.

The win vaulted Dallas past the idle Vancouver Canucks into the West lead. Colorado also lost on Tuesday to fall behind the Stars.

San Jose continues to limp to the regular season finish line, evaluating the future and selling as many beers as the ten thousand or so warm bodies that were in attendance were willing to buy. Any time the pesky Sharks would score, the Stars would answer.

A slashing penalty to Esa Lindell should have setup a nice opportunity for the Sharks but a simple bobble of the puck turned into a 12th short-handed goal of the season for the Stars 12:06 into the contest. Jacob MacDonald fumbled the puck while stationed on the point where Jamie Benn was able to chip it up to Wyatt Johnston who raced up ice. Rather than try to play the body, Klim Kostin flailed at Johnston with a one handed stick wave that did little to impede the Stars forward before he flipped it past Mackenzie Blackwood for his 27th goal of the season.

Mason Marchment made it a 2-0 Stars lead at 16:28 when he carried the puck up the right side, then simply beat Kyle Burroughs to the net before flipping it over Blackwood's left shoulder. Marchment's burst around the Sharks defense made Burroughs look like he was standing still.

Dallas made it a 3-0 game just 14 seconds into the 2nd period when Jason Robertson intercepted a clearing attempt at the left point before skating toward the net and putting a shot past Blackwood. The attempt by the Sharks goaltender was one he probably wanted a redo on .

San Jose responded with Alexander Barabanov's 4th of the season just 40 seconds later. William Eklund worked the puck behind the net before flipping it back out to Barabanov who was parked outside the right post. Barabanov collected the puck and lifted it past Scott Wedgewood to make it a 2-goal game.

Sam Steel was sent off for holding at 1:52, putting the Sharks on their 2nd power play of the night. This one wouldn't end as painfully as their first man advantage. Eklund one-timed a Thomas Bordeleau feed from the right side, beating Wedgewood for his 12th of the season.

Jamie Benn pushed the Stars lead to 4-2 by batting the puck out of the air at 8:03 of the frame after Wyatt Johnston pushed it out front from the end boards.

The Sharks responded once again when Klim Kostin snapped a shot from between Chris Tanev's skates after collecting a Mikael Granlund feed near the top of the left circle. Kostin skated in on net and got his shot off, beating Wedgewood to the upper right corner of the net. Johnston made it a 5-3 game at 10:13 after dishing to Benn, then racing past Henry Thrun and gathering a return feed. The Stars young forward raced in on net and beat Blackwood for his 28th tally of the season.

An iffy holding penalty to Mario Ferraro setup the stars 6th goal of the night. Jason Robertson scored his 26th of the season on a one-time chance off a Miro Heiskanen feed from the right side.

Game Notes:

* Alexander Barabanov missed the final 4 minutes of the 2nd period and did not return to start the final frame.

* Klim Kostin has recorded 7 points in 9 games since being acquired from the Detroit Red Wings at the trade deadline. Kostin tallied his 6th goal of the season, which was his 3rd in a Sharks sweater.

* Dallas moved to 15-3-4 against the Pacific Division this season.

* The Stars scored even strength, on the power play and short handed.

* Mike Hoffman missed his 8th consecutive game as he battles a lower body injury. Ty Emberson missed his 13th straight game due to injury.


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1 2 3 T
DAL 2 3 1 6
SJ 0 3 0 3
1st period - 1, DAL, Johnston 27 (Benn), 12:06, (sh). 2, DAL, Marchment 20 (Steel), 16:28.
2nd period - 3, DAL, Robertson 25 (unassisted), 0:14. 4, SJ, Barabanov 4 (Eklund, Rutta), 0:54. 5, SJ, Eklund 12 (Bordeleau, Granlund), 2:00, (pp). 6, DAL, Benn 17 (Johnston, Lundkvist), 8:03. 7, SJ, Kostin 6 (Granlund), 8:58. 8, DAL, Johnston 28 (Benn, Pavelski), 10:13.
3rd period - 9, DAL, Robertson 26 (Heiskanen, Hintz), 11:44, (pp).
1st period - Thrun, SJ (hooking), 5:15; Lindell, DAL (slashing), 10:18.
2nd period - Steel, DAL (holding), 1:52; Dellandrea, DAL (fighting major). 6:16; Kunin, SJ (fighting major), 6:16; Bordeleau, SJ (holding), 10:23.
3rd period - Tanev, DAL (tripping), 3:44; Burroughs, SJ (tripping), 6:16; Ferraro, SJ (holding), 11:04.
Shots Saves
DAL - Wedgewood 22 19
SJ - Blackwood 41 35
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
DAL 12 15 14 41
SJ 8 9 5 22
Power Play Conversion
DAL 1 of 4
SJ 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Jamie Benn
Wyatt Johnston
Jason Robertson
SAP Center - 12,208
Referees: #23 Corey Syvret, #28 Chris Lee. Linesmen: #95 Jonny Murray, #64 Brandon Gawryletz .

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