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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Dallas

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks right wing Ryane Clowe (29) scores a goal against Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32), of Finland, during the third period of the NHL hockey game in Dallas, Tuesday, March 15, 2011. The Sharks won 6-3. (AP Photo)
Joe Pavelski tied a career-high with three assists, Dan Boyle's assist in the second period gave him the franchise record for most points by a defenseman, and both Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley tallied two goals apiece in the Sharks 6-3 win. Antti Niemi made 34-of-37 save in Team Teal's bounce back win over the Dallas Stars.

UPDATE: After the game, officals awarded Joe Pavelski with an assist on Dany Heatley's empty netter in the last minute of the game to give Pavelski a career-high four-assist night.


San Jose secured the 6-3 win thanks to two late empty net, shorthanded goals.

Dany Heatley also netted shorthanded goal on an empty net to go up 6-3.

Joe Thornton took away the puck from a Stars foward just as Dallas entered the zone and threw the puck down the ice toward the empty net and in. San Jose now up 5-3 on the shorthanded goal.

Kari Lehtonen left his net so it's a six-on-four for the Stars.

Logan Couture to go to the sin bin for a delay of game.

Joe Thorton on a breakaway and his backhand was blocked by the outstretched leg of Kari Lehtonen.

The puck left the ice and the Stars fans demand a second Sharks powerplay for delay of game but the puck went off the ref much to the disdain of the local fans.

Steve Ott was slow to get out along the board following a hit. Dallas' athletic trainer went out to take a look and Ott made it to the Stars bench on his own according. Dany Heatley went to the penalty box for interference.

Dallas called for icing and Captain Joe Thornton won the ensuing faceoff in the offensive zone.

Toby Petersen's attempt to tie the game up for the Stars was foiled by Antti Niemi and his glove.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic fought for position at slot and blocked a shot, but was injuried in the process. He's now being attending to on the Sharks bench after the shot hit his throat.

Stars continued to bring the pressure after their goal when Antti Niemi forced to make a tough save. Niemi has made 28-of-31 saves.

Jamie Bell's backhander beat Antti Niemi through the five-hole to make the score 4-3 on the powerplay. Steve Ott and Jamie Langenbrunner collected teh assists.

Antti Niemi made the tough save on Steve Ott's attempt from close range. Patrick Marleau also got called for hooking.

Steve Ott's shot zinged off the crossbar and out of the zone and the Stars were desperate to get back into the game.

Jamal Mayers nitfy entry pass to Joe Pavelski who went wide, drawing the attention of the lone Dallas defender, before centering a pass to Torrey Mitchell who had an open look on Kari Lehtonen. Pavelski has assisted in the last three Sharks goals -- it's his fourth three-assists game of his career. He now has 20 points in his last 20 games. San Jose now leads 4-2.

The Sharks took the lead at 3-2 with a goal from Ryane Clowe on a bang-bang play. Joe Pavelski earned the only assist.


The score still remain tied after two periods, however, now it reads 2-2. Dallas scored back-to-back goals including a shorthanded one before a series of powerplay aided the Sharks in their comeback. San Jose put up 31 shots in the game so far.

Justin Braun's shot was saved and deflected out of play just as Joe Thornton was screening Kari Lehtonen.

Joe Thornton made a huge clear just as Dallas was about to jump on the loose puck near Antti Niemi. Team Teal successfully killed off the penalty as Jamal Mayers rejoined his teammates on the ice.

Jamal Mayers got a tripping called against him and the Stars will go on their first powerplay of the game. Dallas was ranked 14th with the man-advantage. San Jose was 23rd in the NHL on the PK.

All the penalties have expired and the Sharks still own the Stars zone.

Dany Heatley netted his 23rd goal of the season knocking in the loose puck at the crease. Stars' Mike Robidas broke his stick down low and it was essentially a five-on-two. Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski assisted on the game-tying goal. Score reads 2-2 right now. Sharks still on the powerplay. Marleau now has two assists in the game, has collected four assist in less than 24 hours (back-to-back games), and nine points in seven games. Pavelski also reached a career-high with 35 assists.

Jamie Benn got tagged with a two-minute delay of game penalty. Sharks earn a five-on-three powerplay. Head Coach Todd McLellan called for a timeout. Entering this game, Dallas was ranked 24th in the League (79.6 percent) on the penalty kill.

Branden Morrow goes off for a high-stick penalty.

A two-on-one rush for the Stars, but Antti Niemi made the save and pushed the puck safely into the corner. Joe Thornton picked up the loose puck and tried to connect with Devin Setoguchi for a breakaway but the puck was just too far for Seto to reach.

Just as the Sharks powerplay expired Joe Thornton tapped in a Dan Boyle pass to cut the Stars lead to 2-1. Boyle is now the Sharks' record holder for most points by a defenseman with 156, surpassing Mike Rathje.

Toby Petersen scored a shothanded goal after Dan Boyle accidently knocked Antti Niemi down and did not allow Niemi to get back into position to stop the wrap around. Dallas now up 2-0. Jamie Bell also collected his second assist of the period.

A Sharks shot trickled on the goal line before Kari Lehtonen cleared it from his crease.

San Jose Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray (3) fights with Dallas Stars center Steve Ott (29) during the second period of the NHL hockey game in Dallas, Tuesday, March 15, 2011. (AP Photo)
Steve Ott goes after Douglas Murray in the Sharks zone and each earn a five-minute major for fighting with Ott earning and extra 10-minute misconduct and two-minute instigator penalty and will watch the remainder of the second period in the lockerroom. On a side note, Niclas Wallin has also left for the Sharks lockerroom with athletic trainer Ray Tufts after receiving a hit from behind.

Mike Ribeiro's wrap around beat Antti Niemi who had a lot of traffic in front of him to give Dallas the 1-0 lead.

Niclas Wallin was crosschecked/boarded in the back and went hard into the board but no call from the officials.

Joe Thornton won the second period opening faceoff.


One period in the books and the score remain tied at 0-0. The Sharks bombarded Kari Lehtonen with 15 shots in the first period while the Stars tallied nine shots. Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture lead the way with three shots each. San Jose recorded 12 hits and Stars have 14.

Justin Braun collected the puck just as it exited the Stars' zone as the Sharks changed lines and regroup in their own zone.

Joe Thornton crashed the net and gave Kari Lehtonen a snow shower after he made the routine save. Lehtonen's teammates pounced on Thornton and any nearby Shark and started a shoving match. The officials quickly diffused the group and Lehtonen headed toward the Stars' bench to clean himself up.

Kari Lehtonen made a huge save on two great Sharks chances. Patrick Marleau's wrap around attempt was stopped but Lehtonen's pad and Joe Pavelski's rebound shot was barely saved by the Dallas goalie.

San Jose continued to battle in the corner in the offensive zone tyring to set up play and put a few shots on Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen who is making his 11 consecutive start.

Douglas Murray collected the puck as it rimmed around the board but his shot from the point missed the net.

Logan Couture won the faceoff in the neutral zone. The team is 50 percent in the faceoff circle.

San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31), of Finland, defends the goal against Dallas Stars center Steve Ott (29) during the third period of the NHL hockey game in Dallas, Tuesday, March 15, 2011. The Sharks won 6-3. (AP Photo)
Big save by Antti Niemi who came way out of his net to make the save on the long shot that bounced around a few skates before reaching him.

Antti Niemi made his first save of the game. Sharks have three shots in the contest.

The physical Ryane Clowe put a hit on Stephane Robidas in the offensive zone. San Jose has three hits, two coming from Clowe, in the game so far.

San Jose won the opening faceoff and begin to set up play behind Antti Neimi's net.


Suffering only their fourth loss in their last 25 games, the San Jose Sharks look to rebound a tough 6-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks against the Dallas Stars tonight at American Airlines Center.

Scott Nichol and Kent Huskins will likely be held out of the lineup. Patrick Marleau, who tallied two assist yesterday, now has scored seven points in his last six games.
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