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Just A Tough Break

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
When all was said and done following the Sharks lockerroom access period after their 3-2 overtime loss to Dallas, the team was disappointed, but refused to be down on themselves for earning a single point in the contest.


After all it was a “fluky” goal that even allowed Dallas to pull within one and the Sharks played quality hockey throughout the evening.

“(I’m) not overly disappointed,” said Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan. “Overall I thought it was a pretty good game. Both teams were going.”

The lucky tally went off the Sharks defenseman Jason Demers and no one could have expected what happened as he was well away from the crease.

“The guy just took a shot and it went right off my toe,” said Demers.

“They had a pretty lucky goal that went off a skate,” said Clowe.

The contest was competed on an even level throughout the evening as it went to the shootout to decide a winner.

“It was a playoff type of atmosphere and I think we played a good 60-65 minutes,” said Demers. “It was an unlucky bounce and you can’t do much about it. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.”

The only surprising fact was the Sharks didn’t find a way to close out the third as they have almost all season, even without the breaks going their way.

“Things were rolling for us,” said Demers. “The third period is usually our period.”

“We were up by two and we’re a pretty good third period team,” said Clowe. “We just wanted to get that extra point.”

SHOOTOUT
None of the three Sharks who went out in the shootout were able to put the puck across the line. The trio included Joe Pavelski, Dan Boyle and Ryan Vesce.

“We’ve been O.K. in the shootout,” said McLellan. “Boyle has been (great), Pavelski is usually a go-to guy. Vesce, for a guy who sat a lot in the third, was probably a little cold and we talked about it. It was unfortunate he lost the puck.”

BIG HITS
The Stars learned on multiple occasions that when one goes to hit Douglas Murray, they should count on being the ones on the ice. Two attacking efforts by the Stars resulted in Stars players bouncing right off the hulking blueliner. In the third period when there was some late whacking at a puck Nabokov had, Murray came in to clear Brenden Morrow from the crease. His physical presence was visible all night.

QUICK GOALS
The goals came in pairs on the evening. San Jose’s second period goals came just 2:11 apart and the Stars third period goals game just 1:45 apart.

INNOCENT
Joe Pavelski was sent to the box for a highsticking penalty, but the replay showed the Stars player was clipped by a teammate.

WELCOME BACK
Joe Pavelski extended his assist streak with his third assist in as many games. He now has two goals, three assists and five points in his last three games since returning from a lower body injury.

HELPING OUT
With an assist on Dany Heatley’s goal, Marc-Edouard Vlasic has an assist in each of his last three games (0-3-3).

HOME SWEET HOME
The Sharks have yet to lose a game in regulation on home ice this season. They are now 6-0-2 at HP Pavilion and 13-4-3 on the year with 29 points to lead the NHL.

LINES
Heatley-Thornton-Setoguchi
Pavelski-Marleau-Clowe
Ortmeyer-Nichol-Malhotra
Staubitz-Vesce-McGinn

Boyle-Murray
Demers-Joslin
Huskins-Vlasic

Nabokov-Greiss

STARS HEAD COACH MARC CRAWFORD
“It’s really big, especially coming back, our guys deserve a lot of credit. They stuck with it.”

“It was a real entertaining hockey game to everybody. I thought the overtime was very, very exciting. Both teams had a couple chances. It was a hard fought game by both clubs.

“It’s a tough team to play against. Those top 2 lines are just so dynamic”

NEXT GAME
The Sharks will again hit the road with a Saturday contest in St. Louis at 5 p.m. and the contest will be on CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.






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