FINAL
BUF
1
BOS
3
FINAL
NYI
1
NJD
5
FINAL
FLA
0
PHI
5
FINAL OT
TBL
2
WSH
3
FINAL
LAK
1
CBJ
3
FINAL
NYR
1
OTT
4
FINAL
ANA
1
STL
3
FINAL
COL
2
NSH
4
FINAL SO
SJS
3
DAL
4
FINAL SO
MIN
3
PHX
2
FINAL
MTL
5
EDM
3
FINAL
WPG
2
VAN
3
SJS
43-29-10
DAL
42-35-5
SO
48 SOG
35 SOG

Stars top Sharks 4-3 in shootout

Steve Hunt  - NHL.com Correspondent | Thursday, 03.08.2012 / 11:39 PM

DALLAS -- Tomas Vincour helped the Dallas Stars go home with two points Thursday night -- one at a time.

Vincour scored the tying goal with 1:15 left in regulation, assuring Dallas of at least one point, then had the only goal in the shootout as the Stars improved their Pacific Division lead by beating the San Jose Sharks 4-3 at American Airlines Center on Tuesday night.

With every point important as the playoff chase winds down, both teams gave everything they had. Thanks to Vincour, the Stars got the extra point.

"Yeah, I thought we played real gutsy. We played hard," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "It's just a gutsy performance. Guys gutted it out."

Vincour tied the game at 3-3 by shoving the puck behind Antti Niemi during a scramble -- a video review confirmed that the puck had crossed the goal line. After a scoreless overtime and four unsuccessful shootout attempts by each team, the second-year forward beat Niemi with a backhander to start the fifth round.

"Vinny's good in those shootouts," Gulutzan said. "We had him in (AHL) Austin. He was good there and he did it for us tonight. That goal at the end [of the third period] was huge."  

Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen then stopped Logan Couture's attempt to give the Stars (37-26-5) an 8-0-1 record in their last nine games. With 79 points, they are four ahead of the Sharks (33-24-9), who lost the opener of a four-game trip and are 1-2-2 in their last five games. With 75 points, they are alone in eighth place in the West, one point ahead of Los Angeles and Colorado, and one behind seventh-place Phoenix. They have games in hand on all three teams.

"We took strides forward again," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "We're climbing a hill. We're not there yet but I thought we had a pretty good effort, did a lot of things well for most of the game."

Lehtonen made 45 saves; Niemi finished with 32. Joe Thornton assisted on all three San Jose goals.

"It was good to get a lot of shots," Lehtonen said.  "It was a perfect game to get a lot of shots, too, after getting three or four days' rest.  I was fresh, so that really helped."

Neither team generated a lot of offense until after the midway point of the second period.

Just after the 12-minute mark, Lehtonen made a huge pad save at the left point to deny Ryane Clowe's snap shot. On the return rush, Dallas' Michael Ryder beat Niemi with a 25-foot wrister for his team-leading 29th goal of the season, giving the Stars a 1-0 lead. Ryder has an eight-game point streak.

Dallas looked poised to head to the second intermission with the lead until San Jose's Torrey Mitchell knocked a 15-foot backhand past Lehtonen at 19:58. Mitchell stole the puck from Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski in front of the Dallas net and quickly converted for the equalizer.

San Jose came out flying and grabbed the lead 25 seconds into the third period when Patrick Marleau fired home a 25-footer for his 27th goal of the season. Marleau scored after Dallas defenseman Mark Fistric turned the puck over near his own net. Fistric was playing alongside Stephane Robidas on Dallas' top defensive pairing because Sheldon Souray, Robidas' normal partner, suffered a lower-body injury late in the second period and was unable to return.

The Stars tied it at 2-2 thanks on a 20-foot wrister by Jamie Benn at 6:42. Benn's goal came as he was able to get his shot just under Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle, who was diving in an attempt to block the Dallas center's attempt.

San Jose recaptured the lead at 16:28 of the third when Joe Pavelski snapped home his 24th of the season from the slot.

The Stars were without forward Steve Ott due to back spasms. Ott had played in 50 consecutive games before his latest injury.

Dallas had dropped the first three meetings of the season with San Jose by a combined score of 14-6, which made the win even sweeter.

"It gives us a little bit of a boost," Gulutzan said. "No question they've had our number. But I thought for coming back from the road we played a pretty good game."
1st2nd3rdOTsoT
SJS ()
DAL ()
Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
12:16DAL Michael Ryder (29) Wrist shot - ASST: Jake Dowell (5), Trevor Daley (20) 1 - 0 DAL
19:58SJS Torrey Mitchell (7) Backhand shot - ASST: Joe Thornton (46), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (16) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
00:25SJS Patrick Marleau (27) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Thornton (47) 2 - 1 SJS
06:42DAL Jamie Benn (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Garbutt (1), Adam Burish (11) 2 - 2 Tie
16:28SJS Joe Pavelski (24) Backhand shot - ASST: Dan Boyle (32), Joe Thornton (48) 3 - 2 SJS
18:45DAL Tomas Vincour (4) Snap shot - ASST: Stephane Robidas (16), Jamie Benn (34) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
1DALJamie Benn - Save
2SJSRyane Clowe - Save
3DALLoui Eriksson - Save
4SJSJoe Pavelski - Save
5DALMike Ribeiro - Save
6SJSTommy Wingels - Missed
7DALMichael Ryder - Missed
8SJSDominic Moore - Save
9DALTomas Vincour - Goal
10SJSLogan Couture - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDDallas StarsSan Jose Sharks
1Jamie Benn
Ryane Clowe
2Loui Eriksson
Joe Pavelski
3Mike Ribeiro
Tommy Wingels
4Michael Ryder
Dominic Moore
5Tomas Vincour
Logan Couture
Three Stars of the Game
Kari Lehtonen
1st
SA: 48TOI: 64:47
GA: 3EV: 35-38
PIM: 0PP: 10-10
SV%: .938SH: 0-0
Tomas Vincour
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 6:48
Patrick Marleau
3rd
G: 1Shots: 7
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 22:20
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:29SJS Douglas Murray  Holding the stick against  Tomas Vincour
11:48DAL Ryan Garbutt  Roughing against  Marc-Edouard Vlasic
2nd Period
17:16DAL Vernon Fiddler  Hi-sticking against  Joe Pavelski
3rd Period
07:30SJS Torrey Mitchell  Hooking against  Philip Larsen
OT Period
02:37DAL Michael Ryder  Holding against  Logan Couture
shots by period
PeriodSJSDAL
1st168
2nd149
3rd1315
OT53
Total4835
Team Stats
CategorySJSDAL
Power Plays0/30/2
Hits2532
Faceoff Wins3628
Giveaways110
Takeaways35
Blocked Shots1322
Penalty Minutes46
  • SAN JOSE
  • DALLAS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2J. VandermeerD000007:02
3D. MurrayD00-13219:44
5C. WhiteD0000014:27
8J. PavelskiC1007021:20
10B. WinchesterL000007:11
12P. MarleauL1027022:20
17T. MitchellC1012215:01
18D. MooreC00-13017:36
19J. ThorntonC0311021:25
22D. BoyleD0105029:37
29R. CloweL00-14017:15
34D. WinnikC0001016:31
39L. CoutureC00-14021:49
44M. VlasicD0110024:54
57T. WingelsC00-12013:25
60J. DemersD0001012:46
69A. DesjardinsC000309:47
88B. BurnsD0005023:54
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
31A. Niemi3235.91464:56
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3S. RobidasD01-11025:23
6T. DaleyD0122025:30
11J. DowellC011105:51
14J. BennL1123016:42
16A. BurishR0121015:34
20R. DvorakR00-20016:42
21L. ErikssonR00-14022:20
23T. WandellC000108:42
24E. NystromL00-11015:30
28M. FistricD0000013:01
33A. GoligoskiD0003030:09
36P. LarsenD00-11026:58
38V. FiddlerC00-11215:50
40R. GarbuttL0112212:46
44S. SourayD000008:59
63M. RibeiroC00-12025:10
73M. RyderR1009222:18
81T. VincourC101306:48
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
32K. Lehtonen4548.93864:47