For the San Jose Sharks, they are starting to find their “A” game as they enter the stretch drive. The Sharks earned their second consecutive victory and put the hammer down on Dallas 5-2.
Dallas had a brief 1-0 lead, but San Jose used one burst of power to take a 2-1 lead and then a second two-goal burst later in the game to clinch the contest.
“I think we played consistently,” said Joe Thornton
. “We were a little slow to start, but Nabby kept us in the game.”
On the first goal, Thornton drilled in a power play goal from short distance.
Thornton is now on a scoring binge the last 10 games.
“That’s the way it goes,” said the NHL’s premier passer. “They’re just going in. Once you’re in a groove like that, you shoot it.”
Then, less than 30 seconds later, Devin Setoguchi ended a seven game scoreless streak to provide the lead.
“Absolutely,” said Setoguchi about feeling some relief. “Your mind can get clouded when you’re not scoring. The monkey is off my back. We fed off each other again. It’s not hard with these guys (Joe Pavelski
and Milan Michalek).”
“He got us a big goal,” said Pavelski. “It was good to get the back-to-back goals. It got the crowd into it.”
Another two goal burst in the second completed the victory and cemented what would amount to a line hat trick as Pavelski and Michalek scored the next two tallies just 19 seconds apart.
Pavelski’s goal came from on an odd play in the faceoff dot where he surprisingly ended up with the puck back on his stick and he popped it home. It was one of his three points on the night.
“It doesn’t happen very often for a centerman,” said Pavelski.
Rob Blake and Marcel Goc were forced to miss some game action due to injuries. Both will be day-to-day although McLellan noted Goc will likely miss the next game. The injuries are described as more “ouchies than injuries.”
“We’ve been battling injuries, but we have to keep going,” said Setoguchi.
Early in the first, a Dallas shot seemed to roll on top of the cross bar and landed in the crease, but Marc-Edouard Vlasic
outworked Trevor Daley on the play and prevented a goal.
The victory pulled San Jose within one point of Detroit for the NHL lead and the Sharks have one game in hand. The two clubs will be even in games played after the Sharks Sunday contest with Colorado.
EMPTY NETTERPatrick Marleau
scored an empty netter, his fifth of the season and that ties him for second in the NHL.
SHARKS, HEAD COACH TODD McLELLAN
“I think tonight we slept a little bit early, the first ten minutes we weren’t the better team, but once we got ourselves into it, and woke up a little bit, we were doing a lot of things that we needed to do.”
“Brad (Staubitz) has found a way right now to be a sparkplug for our team, whether it’s on the forecheck or being physical, he drew the penalty tonight and got us going. We needed to score the next one I felt at that time to get ourselves back on the positive side and he did a very good job of it.”
“Some of the younger players that have come up, McGinn, Staubitz, and Vesce have given us some good minutes so were going to continue to need that from them, and if we need to go deeper into our farm team we will.”
STARS, HEAD COACH DAVE TIPPETT
“I think we were very good early, then we gave up the two quick goals and we chased from there, we couldn’t get the momentum back.”
“Every time we got some momentum it went the other way, that’s the way it’s going lately.”
“Brad Richards will be out indefinitely, he broke his other hand.”
“We wanted to be very aggressive. The times we’ve had success as a team is when we’re pushing and moving.”
San Jose will host Colorado on Sunday at 5 p.m. and the game will be on CSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Tickets can be found at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at sjsharks.com.