The San Jose Sharks took to the road Wednesday night when they traveled to Dallas to take on the division rival Stars. Unlike their matchup on Oct. 26 when the Sharks came from behind to win 5-4 in OT, the Stars controlled the game throughout, defeating Team Teal 4-1.
Wednesday’s game marked the first of a three game road trip that will see the Sharks travel to Buffalo Friday and Toronto Saturday. Evgeni Nabokov started his ninth straight contest in net, despite being winless during that span. Opposing him across the ice was Marty Turco who came into the contest boasting a 13-6-1 record.
It was just 57 seconds into the game when the Sharks went on the power play for the first time. Christian Ehrhoff fired a shot on goal one minute into the advantage that bounced off Turco and straight to Jonathan Cheechoo, but the netminder trapped Cheechoo’s attempt.
The game headed back to even strength until Antti Miettinen was awarded a penalty shot after a breakaway attempt was slowed up from behind by Nils Ekman. Miettinen would convert on the penalty shot, giving the Stars a 1-0 lead.
Mike Modano was sent to the box at 7:30 for hooking, sending the Sharks on their second power play of the night, but Team Teal couldn’t muster a shot on goal during their advantage.
With 2:17 left in the first, Dallas extended their lead to two when Jaroslav Svoboda notched his first goal of the season as he slipped a shot past a screened Nabokov.
But less than 20 seconds later the Sharks crawled right back in the game. Off the faceoff, Scott Thornton hustled for a puck behind Dallas’ net. The puck was misplayed by Turco, allowing Thornton to feed Alyn McCauley in front of the net. McCauley simply tipped the puck into the wide open net, bringing the Sharks back within one goal.
The period would end with the Stars ahead of the Sharks 2-1.
The Sharks got into penalty trouble early in the second, but six minutes into the game they had killed off two penalties to keep the score 2-1. Nabokov played tight in net, turning away several quality shots by the Stars, including a breakaway attempt by Brenden Morrow midway through the stanza.
Steve Ott was sent to the box for holding the stick of Kyle McLaren with just over nine minutes remaining in the period. The Sharks managed two shots on goal during their advantage, but remained 0-for-3 on the power play.
The Sharks would get another crack at the power play however with 5:16 left, as Turco played a puck outside of the trapezoid, resulting in a delay of game penalty. The Sharks would not capitalize.
The second period came to a close with Dallas out-shooting San Jose 18-12.
San Jose came out of the locker room in the third looking to knot the game at two, but it was Dallas who would extend their lead three minutes into the third. Sergei Zubov fired a slapshot from the point that traveled through heavy traffic. Nabokov didn’t see the puck until it was too late and Dallas lead 3-1.
The Stars would extend their lead to 4-1 eleven minutes into the frame when Bill Guerin lead a two-on-one break in which he fed Morrow who proceeded to bury the puck past a sliding Nabokov.
Scott Hannan nearly brought the Sharks back within two goals when he drove the net hard and nearly snuck one past Turco, but the netminder continued his solid play.
Rob Davison and Nathan Perrott dropped the glove with under three minutes remaining, with Davison throwing Perrott to the ice after both landed numerous punches.
The remaining seconds ticked off the clock and the Stars defeated the Sharks by the final score of 4-1.
NEXT GAME The Sharks will head to Buffalo to take on the Sabres Friday night. Game time is at 5 p.m. and can be seen on FSN Bay Area or heard on the Sharks Radio Network and sjsharks.com