San Jose looked for their fifth win in their last six contests when they hosted Dallas Thursday night at HP Pavilion. Marty Turco and Vesa Toskala squared off for the traditional rivals.
But it would be the Stars that would shutout the Sharks for the second consecutive time the two teams played, winning 3-0 at HP Pavilion on Thursday night.
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There was plenty of hitting in the first six minutes of action, but no shots. However, on Dallas’ second puck on net, they scored. Following a faceoff win, a point shot was found by Jeff Halpern who was wide open to the side of the net. He simply tapped it in for the 1-0 lead.
When a Dallas power play concluded Dallas was outshooting Team Teal 9-2, but the strong work killing the penalty brought a cheer from the faithful Sharks fans.
Late in the first the Sharks began establishing some offensive pressure, but could not tie the contest before the break.
Dallas would increase their advantage in the second thanks to a power play. Jussi Jokinen snuck behind the defense and was in for a breakaway. The best in the NHL on penalty shots last year moved the puck to the far side and slipped it upstairs for the 2-0 lead.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic drew a tripping penalty to put the Sharks up a man for two minutes, but Team Teal could not capitalize. Jonathan Cheechoo proved that you can’t make a bad pass to a great player moments later when on the fly he kicked a pass in his skates to his stick for a one-timer. The unbelievable shot went just wide though and the deficit remained two.
After a hard-hitting few minutes the period ended with Dallas still up two goals.
San Jose started evening up the shots in the third and had a power play that rang a shot off the post, but with 10 left in regulation, Dallas was holding tight to their 2-0 lead.
Dallas made any potential comeback difficult when they moved the lead to three. Brendan Morrow took an initial shot on the rush that Toskala stopped. Morrow grabbed the puck from behind the goal line and banked it in off the sprawled out Sharks netminder.
The Sharks efforts in the closing minutes were too little too late as the Stars blanked san Jose for the second consecutive time that the two teams squared off.
San Jose will host Calgary Saturday night at HP Pavilion in their final contest before the Christmas break. The 7 p.m. contest will be available on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com and a limited amount of tickets are available at the HP Pavilion Box Office and at www.sjsharks.com.