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San Jose Faces Division Rival

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

Via a 6-0 manhandling of the Dallas Stars, the Sharks clinched a playoff spot and moved into second place in the Western Conference.

Marleau set a franchise record with 12 shots on goal.

Ben Eager scored one of the prettiest Sharks goals of the year.  Taking a feed across the slot from Jamal Mayers, Eager pulled the puck between his legs before depositing it upstairs.  6-0 Sharks.

Patrick Marleau just reminded everyone why he has one of the best backhanders around.  He lifted one high from in close and made it 5-0.

A bench minor for too-many-men gave San Jose two more minutes to work on the man advantage.

Niclas Wallin just became a fan favorite by hammering Steve Ott into the boards.

Free Round Table Pizza for attendees if the lead held.

San Jose would not sit on the lead.  Patrick Marleau jumped behind Jeff Woywitka and drilled his shot past Kari Lehtonen.

The Sharks opened the third knowing they would clinch a playoff spot if they held the three goal lead.

San Jose took a strong 3-0 lead to the lockerroom thanks to goals from Dan Boyle, Logan Couture and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

While he seemed to be off balance, Joe Thornton still directed a perfect cross ice pass to Marc-Edouard Vlasic and the blueliner sent a shot home that was helped by traffic out front.

Two Sharks without their sticks provided a window of opportunity for Dallas, but Antti Niemi stood tall.

Dallas was given three power plays in the second and the PK units for San Jose were outstanding.  When there was a scoring opportunity, like Loui Eriksson had, Antti Niemi shut the door.

Dallas registered 17 shots to the point of the game, but the Sharks kept the scoring chances to a minimum.

San Jose just killed off one penalty and now must kill off another with Jamal Mayers in the box.

Thank you Logan Couture as his handling of a rebound on the power play put San Jose up 2-0.   Couture reached out with his glove to a puck in the air and put it down immediately as to not draw a penalty and popped the puck home.

San jose did not score on the first power play of the period, but Joe Pavelski drew another opportunity.

The Sharks began the second with 1:56 of power play time.

Antti Niemi kept Dallas off the scoreboard with a great stop in the period's final minute.  After 20, San Jose led 1-0.  With 4 seconds left in the period Jeff Woywitka popped Joe Pavelski in the face and the Sharks carried a power play ino the second period.

When a Dallas defender fell down, Devin Setoguchi had a breakaway. The initial shot rebounded right to him, but Kari Lehtonen closed his pads on the second effort.

Sharks 1, Stars 0.  Joe Pavelski came down the wing and pulled a spin-o-rama move.  The initial shot did not go in, but because Pavelski slowed up looking of help when he enterd the zone, Dan Boyle had time to find the rebound and poke it home.  With a helper on the play, Kyle Wellwood recorded his 100th NHL assist.

A little pushing and shoving went on and no shocker that Steve Ott was involved.  Nothing came of it.

Shots were 7-7 at this point, but neither club could break the ice.

Toby Peterson was introduced to the ice by who else but Douglas Murray.

The Sharks dominated the scoring chances early, but Kari Lehtonen was on his game early.

The great tradition of drowning out the Stars fans trying to yell Stars during the anthem continues.
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