The Sharks tallied four even strength goals on Sunday afternoon, snapping their four-game losing streak by dominating the Stars, 4-0, in Dallas.
for video highlights from Sunday’s game.
Looking to end their season-high four-game losing streak, the San Jose Sharks (39-25-2, 80 pts) traveled to Dallas for Sunday’s matinee matchup against the Stars (38-22-5, 81 pts).
At 17:21, the Sharks drew first blood early as Curtis Brown got San Jose on the scoreboard on the first shot of the game. Mike Grier moved the puck to Christian Ehrhoff as San Jose broke out of their zone. Ehrhoff pushed the puck through the neutral zone and dished the puck to Brown just before gaining the blueline. Brown moved into the zone to Turco’s right and snapped a shot over Tuco’s left shoulder giving San Jose the early 1-0 lead.
Though Dallas responded with two high-energy shifts after Brown’s goal, Evgeni Nabokov made a pair of solid saves highlighted by his kick save on Dallas forward Mike Ribeiro at 14:10 of the first. Ribeiro ripped the shot off of the cross-ice feed, but Nabokov moved across the crease from his right to his left to make the save.
With 7:28 to go in the first, the Sharks earned their first power play of the game when Antti Miettinen caught Ehrhoff in the mouth with a high-stick. The Sharks set up in the Dallas zone, but the Western Conference’s top power play unit was denied by Dallas’s penalty kill failing to register a shot on Marty Turco as the score remained 1-0.
Dallas took their turn on the power play with 2:10 to play in the first when Bill Guerin was whistled for hooking. The Sharks killed Guerin’s penalty and despite being out shot 9-1, took a 1-0 lead into the locker room after 20 minutes of play.
As they did in the first, San Jose opened the second period with a huge burst of energy. Grier nearly made it a 2-0 game at 18:21 of the second when he broke into the Dallas zone, but Turco made his first save of the game, denying Grier’s chance.
The Sharks earned their second power play chance of the game four minutes into the second when Stu Barnes was sent off for hooking. An active Sharks power play pelted Turco with shots but the Dallas netminder kept it a 1-0 game six minutes into the second stanza.
With 8:33 to play in the second, the Sharks extended their lead to 2-0 on a nifty goal by Ryane Clowe
. Marcel Goc gathered the puck after the Sharks had pinned the puck deep in the Dallas zone. Goc fired a tape-to-tape backhand pass to Patrick Rissmiller who had gotten open in the slot. Rissmiller forced Turco to make a tough pad save, before Clowe scooped up the rebound with his skate, kicked to his stick, circled around Turco with the puck and buried the puck in the open net.
At 4:03, San Jose made it a 3-0 game, scoring their third even strength goal of the game. As they did on Clowe’s goal, San Jose worked the puck down low in the Dallas zone. Matt Carle moved the puck from the point to Jonathan Cheechoo behind the net. Cheechoo slid away from the two Dallas defenders and nearly jammed home a wrap around attempt. Turco made the initial save on Cheechoo, but Joe Pavelski
jammed home the loose puck making it 3-0 for the Sharks.
Dallas goon Krys Barch was sent on by head coach Dave Tippett to stir things up at 2:51 and he did just that. Barch challenged Mark Bell who accepted and the two dropped the gloves. Barch landed a few body blows, but the two were separated by the linesmen when Bell’s jersey came over his head.
Barch’s bout with Bell, gave the Stars some life as Mike Modano drew a penalty on Goc on the ensuing faceoff. But San Jose quickly battled back, drawing two penalties on the Stars and closing out the second period on a five-on-three man advantage. Clowe nearly scored his second with two seconds remaining in the period on a brilliant feed by Guerin, but the puck sailed just wide.
The period closed with San Jose leading 3-0 after 40 minutes of play.
Dallas was given a chance to jump right back into the game when Brown was issued a double-minor for high-sticking Jussi Jokinen just 2:03 into the third. But the Sharks penalty killing unit rose to the occasion, blocking shots, clearing pucks and preserving the 3-0 lead.
The Sharks continued their physical play throughout the third period, chipping pucks down low, forechecking hard and finishing their hits on the Dallas defenseman. Leading the charge was the League’s reigning MVP, Joe Thornton
, who was a force on the defensive side of the puck.
In addition to his customary big minutes on the power play, Thornton was also called on to kill penalties on Sunday, collecting nearly three minutes of ice time while the Sharks were a man down. Though Thornton did not extend his five-game point streak (1-6=7), Big Joe registered two shots on goal, four hits, three takeaways, two blocked shots and won 10 of 18 draws in a valiant effort by the alternate captain.
San Jose capped off the dominating performance with one final goal to make it a 4-0 game. Cheechoo created a turnover and then fought through a check at the Sharks blueline before moving the puck to Pavelski in the neutral zone. Clowe jumped up on the play and took the feed from Pavelski. Clowe moved into the Stars zone, faked a shot that drew the defenseman and Turco towards him, and dished it to Pavelski for the tap in goal.
Nabokov made two saves in the final minute as the Sharks defeated the Stars 4-0, earning Nabokov his fifth shutout on the year.
Scott Hannan (lower body) made his return to the lineup, but Captain Patrick Marleau
(upper body) remained out of the lineup as both players missed Friday’s game in Anaheim with day-to-day injuries. Goaltender Dimitri Patzold was recalled from Worcester and dressed as Evgeni Nabokov’s backup as Vesa Toskala (groin) continues to recover.
Michalek – Thornton – Bernier
Clowe – Pavelski – Guerin
Bell – Brown – Grier
Rissmiller – Goc – Cheechoo
Carle – Rivet
Hannan – Vlasic
McLaren - Ehrhoff
Nabokov – Patzold
The Sharks finish their three-game road trip as they travel to Minnesota on Tuesday for their matchup against the Wild. Game time is set for 5:00 PM (Pacific) and the game will be broadcast on FSN Bay Area, KFOX 98.5 FM, Sharks Radio Network Affiliates and SJSHARKS.com.