Saturday, February 23, 2013
Dallas Stars 3, San Jose Sharks 1
Stars snap two-game losing streak with solid divisional win.
DALLAS The Dallas Stars snapped a two-game losing streak Saturday night at the American Airlines Center, defeating the San Jose Sharks 3-1. The win improved Dallas to 9-8-1, bringing them into a tie for second place in the Pacific Division with the 8-6-3 Sharks.
The two teams traded 26 shots total in a scoreless first period and nearly got through the entire second period with a goal until Jaromir Jagr scored his fifth of the season on a late powerplay on a pass from Jamie Benn.
As the goal was scored Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, again putting the Sharks on the penalty kill. The penalty carried over to the beginning of the third period, when Alex Goligoski got the puck to Michael Ryder, who scored his sixth of the season to make it 2-0.
Dallas then got into penalty trouble, getting three straight calls against them over a five minute span. Patrick Marleau made them pay when he took the puck off a faceoff on a 5-on-3 and got it past Stars rookie backup netminder Christopher Nilstorp to cut the lead to 2-1. Dallas' penalty killers held the rest of the way, however, also negating a late boarding penalty to Philip Larsen in the final five minutes to preserve the one-goal lead.
After several long shifts of cycling the puck in the Sharks' zone, Dallas finally got the equalizer when Goligoski hit Jamie Benn just above the slot. Benn rifled the puck past Shark goalie Annti Niemi for his sixth of the season and the 3-1 lead. With a second-period fight against Sharks captain Joe Thornton, Benn completed the Gordie Howe hat trick.
Nilstorp was excellent in net, stopping 31 of 32 shots for his first NHL victory. The Stars killed 6 of 7 penalties in the game, while scoring on 2 of the 6 powerplays they were granted. Sharks goalie Niemi made 25 saves on 28 shots, falling to 7-4-3 on the year.
Dallas next heads to Nashville Monday night, where they will face the 8-6-5 Predators.