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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Dallas

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks are riding the hot hand that is rookie Logan Couture. Couture's shot from the high slot is his fifth game winner of the year.  A great rebound win for the Sharks playing in the second game of a back-to-back situation. A 4-3 OT win will send San Jose to a St. Louis in a good mood. Team Teal will battle the Blues Saturday.


OVERTIME

1:20
Logan Couture stays hot and rings the power play goal off the post and in to give San Jose two points with the 4-3 overtime win in Dallas. Ryane Clowe does his part by providing the big screen out front. Dan Boyle gets the assist.

3RD

20:00
Despite putting up 17 shots on goal in the third period alone, it is Dallas who scores the only goal of the period. The Sharks have three consecutive powerplays including Mike Robeiro's penalty that will carry over into overtime. San Jose will play the extra period on a four-on-three advantage.

19:10
It appears fortune is smiling upon on the Sharks. Mike Robeiro goes off for a double minor -- four-minute high-sticking infraction. San Jose will spend the remaining seconds of the third and a majority of the overtime period on a powerplay pending any other minors.

9:56
Karlis Skrastins once again goes to the sin bin. This time for a tripping penalty. San Jose is currently 0-for-4 on the man advantage so far this game.

7:56
Dallas' Tom Wandell finds the tying goal for the Stars. Steve Ott gets the only assist. The score board reads 3-3.

4:24
Karlis Skrastins gets a hooking penalty call against him and the Sharks will go on the powerplay to try and extend their one-goal lead.

2ND
20:00
Two goals in less than two minutes gives San Jose a 3-2 lead after two periods of play. The Sharks continue to dominate the shots total, now with 22 in the game compared to 12 from Dallas. Devin Setoguchi has two shots on goal and has two goals to show for it.

19:42
Dallas has been putting the pressure on the Sharks defense the last few minutes of the period, but Antero Nitttymaki foils each attempt.

17:36
Dany Heatley puts a body on a Star forward as the Sharks continue to dictate play.

14:45
The Dallas crowd has quiet down due to two quick goals from the Sharks. San Jose has regain their confidence and are dominating the play as of late.

11:49
Jamie McGinn breaks in behind the defense and stands in front of Kari Lehtonen who is then force back toward his net when Devin Setoguchi fires his shot from the point and beats Lehtonen for the second time tonight. Joe Pavelski earns his 201st career point on his second assist this game. NIclas Wallin earns the secondary assist. Sharks lead 3-2.

10:03
The Stars did not have a lot of time to celebrate their goal because on the very next shift, Torrey Mitchell ties up the game on a straight shot from high in the slot. Dany Heatley and Kent Huskins, in his first game back from injury, earns the assists. Game is back to an even contest at 2-2.

9:26
Loui Eriksson nets a powerplay goal due to a two-on-one situation down low near Antero Niittymaki to give Dallas a 2-1 lead.

8:35
Jamie McGinn gets two minutes for tripping and Dallas gets their second powerplay of the night.

6:39
Torrey MItchell speeds up the wing and enters the zone, but two Stars player converge on him. Justin Braun keeps the puck in at the point and flips it into the opposite corner as San Jose try to get some zone time.

4:20
Sharks turn the puck over on the reverse in the corner. Stephane Robidas gets an open shot at Antero Niittymaki who is force to make a blocker save.

3:26
After Joe Thornton is toss from the faceoff circle to Antero Niittymaki's left, Patrick Marleau takes it and wins it cleanly over Adam Burish. Justin Braun collects the puck behind the net and clears the zone.

0:17
Joe Thornton beats Brad Richards in the faceoff. The Stars have an edge in the faceoff circle so far this game -- 10 wins compared to six from the Sharks in the circle.

1ST

20:00
After one period, the score stands tie at 1-1 between the division rivals. The shots sit at 16 for San Jose -- it could have been more if not for the seven block shots from Dallas. Dan Boyle leads all skaters with 9:51 of ice time.

19:09
Loui Eriksson finds an unmark Brenden Morrow at left faceoff circle who buries his one-timer pass the outstretch Antero Niittymaki to tie up the game at 1-1 late in the first period. Stephane Robidas earns the secondary assist.

18:35
Jamal Mayers gets a hooking call and reports to the penalty box. A late chance for Dallas.

16:46
Joe Thornton puts another shot on goal and Kari Lehtonen makes the routine save. That's San Jose's 16th shot this period -- thanks in large part to three powerplay including a five-on-three man advantage.

14:20
The young Justin Braun puts a hit on Mike Ribeiro.

12:51
Even on his knees after catching an edge, Dan Boyle keeps the puck in Dallas' zone to keep the Sharks on the offense and to stop a potential Stars breakaway -- a Dallas forward streaks up the neutral zone but forgot the puck behind in his zone near Boyle.

12:34
Adam Burish gets a charging call against him for an illegal hit on Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the icing call. Team Teal will go on their third consecutive powerplay.

10:05
San Jose gets on the board first when Kari Lehtonen makes the initial save on Justin Braun's long shot, but a heads up play from Joe Pavelski, who attracts both Dallas defenseman to him, passes the loose rebound to Devin Setoguchi on the weak side. Setoguchi nets his third goal of the season on his second game since returning from injury. San Jose leads 1-0.

8:50
Antero Niittymaki is force to make the save after the Sharks turn the puck over to the Stars in their own zone. Dallas successfully kill off both penalties including an extended five-on-three situation.

7:43
Joe Pavelski stands at the open net in waiting as Kari Lehtonen makes the initial save on Joe Thornton's shot but Little Joe swings and misses as the bouncing puck.

6:24
A big opportunity for the Sharks early in the game when Toby Petersen gets tack with a two-minute delay of game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass. San Jose go on a five-on-three man advantage for just about a minute and a half.

6:03
Jeff Woywitka goes to the penalty box for Dallas for a two minute high-sticking infraction.

4:32
Branden Morrow gets the Stars' first shot on goal on Antero Niittymaki.

2:08
Niclas Wallin squeezes a Star forward off the puck in the corner and passes it to a teammate who clears it out of the zone.

PREGAME

This will the second meeting this week between the San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars. Team Teal fell 5-4 in the shootout on Monday at HP Pavilion.

Defenseman Kent Huskins is expected to be back in the lineup tonight against the Pacific Division-leading Stars. Huskins has missed the last nine games due to an injury. Fellow d-man Douglas Murray participated in the morning skate today but is doubtful for tonight's matchup.

Antero Niittymaki will be in between the pipes tonight for the first time in five games versus Kari Lehtonen.
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