was tabbed as San Jose’s first shooter in the shootout and all the circumstantial evidence says his effort crossed the line, but in fairness to the referee on the spot, and the man in the video goal booth, there was nothing visual to count on.
As Couture came across the middle, he slid the puck through the five hole. The video replay showed it hitting Andrew Raycroft’s pads and those closing. The spot where Raycroft’s pads closed then slid across the goal line, but then quickly came right back out. If the puck was under the pads it would have crossed the line as well, but there was not a definitive view to show it actually happening.
“I knew it was in,” Couture said. “I went to my backhand and he was beat. He was over the line, but if the ref can’t see it or the camera can’t see it, it’s not going to count. I was hoping there was an opening for the camera to see it because I knew it was in, but there wasn’t.”
“I did have a look at it (the replay) and your mind is telling you, common sense is telling you that its in and underneath him, but the rule states that you have to be able to see the puck cross the line and you can’t,” McLellan said.
Dallas ended up hitting both of their shootout efforts to the Sharks one and as a result increased their Pacific Division lead by a point. In general, the Sharks simply were not happy they could not capture both points and the shootout loss make it more frustrating.
“It (stinks). It was a good divisional game,” Joe Thornton
said. “There was a lot of passion in that game. Those types of games you would like to continue playing forever. It’s too bad we lost in the shootout.”
ONLY ONE POWER PLAY
The Sharks had only one power play attempt on the game and that was a potential difference as the Stars scored on one of their three opportunities.
“I thought we played pretty good for only getting one power play,” Thornton said. “We could have had a couple more opportunities. Our five-on-five play was excellent tonight.”
“The power play is huge and it changed the momentum of the game,” Derek Joslin said. “It’s unfortunate we didn’t get a goal on it.”
Joslin scored his first career NHL goal and it was part of the Sharks earning at least on point on the evening.
“Everyone knows how tight our conference is and those points were huge,” Joslin said. “We were definitely looking for those two. You score you first NHL goal, that is something you will remember for the rest of your life, but it’s bittersweet in the end because we wanted to win so bad.”
Thornton was the man who provided the spark for the tally.
“I saw Jos and he made a good shot to score,” Thornton said.
“Anytime Jumbo has the puck behind the net, you know he is looking for a stick,” Joslin said. “As soon as the forward turned his back, I just knew I could get in an area. He put it on my tape and I shot it and it went in.”
Joslin was part of a play with Dallas antagonist Steve Ott. Ott was initially holding Joe Thornton
back in the offensive zone, then when play came back toward the Sharks attacking area, Ott swiped Joslin’s feet from under him and Joslin responded physically, which the crowd definitely appreciated.
“I didn’t see what happened with Joe, I was on the other end getting the puck,” Joslin said. “When I got the red line, he took a run at me and took my legs out from underneath me. I was just sticking up for myself. You can’t do that, taking a guys legs out. It’s good we got a power play off of it.”
missed the game with an injury, but will skate Tuesday prior to the Sharks departure and will fly with the club to Nashville.
With his ninth goal of the season, Ryane Clowe
extended his point streak to five games (4-5=9). He is now tied for first on the team in points (9-20=29).Marc-Edouard Vlasic
tallied his third assist of the season to extend his point streak to three games (1-3=4).
STARS HEAD COACH MARC CRAWFORD
“It was a huge win for us. First of all, it was a great hockey game. That was probably the best atmosphere we have seen this year in a road game. I thought our guys did a terrific job on maintaining their composure in some pretty hostile moments in the game.”
“We lost our captain who got hit in the face with a puck and he showed great courage and determination. I think that really spirited on the rest of our group.”
“It’s a good sign for us that we are able to do these things on the road. We’re able to continue to persevere and keep things tight and defend really well.”
San Jose will visit Nashville Wednesday at 5 p.m. and the game will be on CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and www.sjsharks.com.