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Sharks vs. Dallas Live Game Blog, March 5

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks

The winning steak is over as the Dallas rally gave the Stars a 3-2 victory.

Dallas burned their timeout to rest their D troops.  The faceoff again was in the Sharks offensive zone.

Todd McLellan used his timeout out to prep the final attack with the faceoff in the offensive zone.

At the end of the power play, Toby Peterson went in on a breakaway, but Antti Niemi answered the challenge.

San Jose earned a late power play to try and tie the contest.

Bad break for Antti Niemi as Jason Williams put one toward the net and it went in off a Sharks defender to give Dallas a 3-2 lead.

Ryane Clowe was knocked into Kari Lehtonen, but Clowe received the two minutes for goalie interference and the Sharks went to the penalty kill.

Dallas tied it off the simplest of hockey plays.  A point shot rebounded to an open Loui Eriksson and he popped it home to make it 2-2.

San Jose came up with the goose egg on the power play to start the third.  The lead was not added to, but it still was a lead.

Sharks take the 2-1 lead into the break. 

Steve Ott questionably drilled Jason Demers into the boards and the fiesty Demers went right  after Ott.  Ott's hit drew the extra two minutes and San Jose would take an almost complete power play into the third.

Antti Niemi spun, twirled and dazzled to stop a Brenden Morrow shot ticketed for the empty net.

Joe Pavelski attempted to jam home a wraparound effort, but Kari Lehtonen managed to keep it right on the goal line.

Devin Setoguchi and Joe Pavelski both had wide-open looks but Kari Lehtonen came up with the saves.

Each team has hit the iron in the past two minutes, but nobody got the friendly bounce.

Antti Niemi flashed the glove to prevent a wide open Alex Goligoski slapper from tying the game.

2-1 Sharks.  Dany Heatley carried the zone on a two-on-one and perfectly timed his pass to Patrick Marleau who knocked it in before Kari Lehtonen could slide over.

An odd period where the Sharks were outshot and gave up a shorthanded tally, but the game is tied 1-1 after the rough start.

The Stars will be seeing stars if Douglas Murray keeps hitting like he is tonight. Another big hit just occurred.

Dallas had their most sustained pressure of the period, but the Sharks came away unscathed.

POST!  But no goal after a Sharks point shot clanged off the iron.  There was some pushing and shoving after, but no penalties were signaled.

Douglas Murray brought the hammer again and put Mike Ribeiro on the ice near center ice.

The game was tied at one thanks to Kyle Wellwood.  Torrey Mitchel fed the puck from behind the goal line and Wellwood from atop the crease used a quick stick to push it five hole.

Antti Niemi lost his stick making a stop and had to battle without it for a bit, but no harm was done.

Brenden Morrow was just clipped in the face with a stick, but no penalty was called.  Good break if it was the stick of a Sharks player.

Ben Eager just leveled Trevor Daley and Patrick Marleau with one hit.  Eager is a big man and he's not afraid to use it.

The Sharks had the first power play of the game one minute in, but 19 seconds into it they surrendered a shortie to Jamie Benn and faced an early deficit.

Good evening and welcome to tonight's Live Game Blog!

Starting goaltenders: Kari Lehtonen for Dallas and Antti Niemi for the Sharks.

The Sharks got some good news before tonight's game. Goaltender Antero Niittymaki has been activated from Injured Reserve. He's been out for the last 11 games with a lower body injury. As a result, rookie Carter Hutton has been returned to San Jose's American Hockey League affiliate in Worcester.

The line up decisions for tonight:

SAN JOSE: Dan Boyle
DALLAS: Nicklas Grossman, Jamie Langenbrunner and Brad Richards


SAN JOSE: Niemi (G), Braun and Murray (D), Couture, Thornton, Setoguchi (LW, C, RW)
DALLAS: Lehtonen (G), Robidas and Goligoski (D), Morrow, Ribeiro, Peterson (LW, C, RW)

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