Has the National Hockey League found a way to stop the top-ranked San Jose Sharks power play?
Entering Thursday night’s game against Dallas, San Jose had converted on one of their last 26 chances, a streak that covered five games.
On Thursday night, San Jose (33-18-1) went 0-for-6 with the man-advantage and saw their losing streak go to three in a 4-2 loss to the Stars (31-19-2) before a sold-out crowd of 17,496 at HP Pavilion at San Jose. The Sharks are now one for their last 32 on the power play.
for video highlights from Thursday’s game.
San Jose started the game with Evgeni Nabokov in goal while Dallas went with All-Star Marty Turco, who got the 3-2 shootout win on Tuesday.
The scoring started early in the first period. At 44 seconds, Joel Lundqvist got the puck in the left faceoff circle in the Sharks end and put a low slapshot past Nabokov. Jeff Halpern got the assist on the goal as Dallas led, 1-0.
But the Sharks answered at 1:17. San Jose attacked hard in the Dallas end as Ryane Clowe
took the puck behind the Dallas net. Joe Thornton
got the puck in the left slot and gave a backhand pass to Mark Bell, who scored his seventh goal to tie the score at 1-1.
San Jose got their first power play opportunity at 2:10 when Jaroslav Modry was called for holding, but couldn’t convert.
Dallas took a 2-1 lead at 15:16. Stu Barnes scored his eighth goal on a quick one-timer in the slot past Nabokov. Halpern recorded his second assist while Lundqvist got his second point on the helper.
The Stars gave San Jose another power play opportunity when Halpern was called for interference at 17:16. The Sharks got another chance at the end of the period when Stephane Robidas was called for holding the stick at 19:31.
Dallas ended the first period ahead, 2-1. The Stars were also outshooting the Sharks, 8-7.
The start of the second period saw a change in net for the Sharks as Vesa Toskala relieved Nabokov. At 3:17, Eric Lindros highsticked Doug Murray, who crosschecked a Dallas player in the Sharks end, This prompted Stars rookie tough guy Krys Barch to get into a fight with Murray. After things settled down, San Jose was on the power play as Lindros was called for high sticking, Barch got a minor for instigation, a major for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct. And Murray was called for a high stick minor and a fighting major.
Dallas got their second power play opportunity of the night when Bell was called for roughing at 6:54. The situation became a 5-on-3 as Curtis Brown was called for hooking at 7:05. The Stars converted 28 seconds later as Jere Lehtinen scored on a bad angle shot in the corner to Toskala’s right. Sergei Zubov and Mike Modano got the assists to give Dallas a 3-1 lead.
San Jose got another power play chance at 12:00 when Halpern was called for tripping in the Sharks end. But the power play was negated when Ryane Clowe
was called for goaltender interference at 13:07. However, the Sharks kept attacking as Thornton gave a feed from the right point into Marleau who tapped the puck past Turco. Marleau’s team-leading 26th
goal at 13:18 put the Sharks down by one, 3-2.
The Sharks had to go back on the penalty kill at 17:10 when Mike Grier was called for charging. At the end of the second period, San Jose trailed Dallas, 3-2. Each team had four shots on goal in the period.
At 2:24, the Sharks lost the puck in the neutral zone. Mike Ribiero and Barch came down on a 2-on-nothing and after some tic-tac-toe passing, Barch put the puck under Toskala’s glove from the right side. Barch scored his first NHL goal with assists from Ribiero and Lindros to put Dallas up, 4-2, and complete the scoring.
San Jose wound up outshooting Dallas, 20-16, and 9-4 in the third period.
Michalek – Marleau – Cheechoo
Bell – Thornton – Clowe
Rissmiller – Brown – Grier
Nieminen – Goc – Smith
Gorges – Ehrhoff
Carle – Vlasic
Murray – Hannan
Nabokov – Toskala
NHL fans can download the favorite songs from their favorite All-Stars on iTunes. The playlist, which was announced today by the League, allows people to download some of the top tunes of the day. The three Sharks All-Stars (Jonathan Cheechoo, Joe Thornton
and Patrick Marleau
) and YoungStars participant Matt Carle have their favorites available for download…The Sharks concluded January with a 7-3-1 record. They have won at least seven games in each of the first four months of the season…Sharks scratches included defenseman Rob Davison and center Joe Pavelski
, who is day-to-day with a lower body injury. Left wing Ville Nieminen was appearing in his first game since Jan. 10 vs. Edmonton. He had been a scratch for the last eight games…Bell’s first period goal was his first since Jan. 11 at Los Angeles…As has been the case all season, the Sharks wore their black third jerseys for this Thursday night home game…Mark Smith left the game in the third period and didn’t return…The game’s three stars were all from Dallas: Lundqvist (No. 3), Halpern (No. 2) and Zubov (No. 1).
San Jose continues their four-game homestand on Saturday afternoon with their first regular season meeting against Chicago. Game time is at 1 p.m. The game is sold out, but can be seen in High Definition on FSN Bay Area and heard on the Sharks Radio Network, including flagship station 98.5 K-FOX and sjsharks.com.
|FINAL ||1 ||2 ||3 ||T |
| ||Dallas ||2 ||1 ||1 ||4 |
| ||San Jose ||1 ||1 ||0 ||2 || |
|DAL: ||LUNDQVIST, J. (00:44 in 1st), BARNES, S. (15:16 in 1st), LEHTINEN, J. (PPG, 07:32 in 2nd), BARCH, K. (02:24 in 3rd) |
|SJS: ||BELL, M. (01:17 in 1st), MARLEAU, P. (13:18 in 2nd) |