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Stars Steal Shootout Victory In San Jose, Sharks Fall 3-2

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

The Dallas Stars stormed into San Jose and stole two points from the Sharks, winning 3-2 in a shootout on Tuesday night after tying the game with just 2.2 seconds remaining in regulation.

Despite being outplayed in nearly every facet of the game for 59 minutes and 57 seconds, it was Dallas that went home with the win. San Jose did earn a point on the evening, registering the shootout loss moving their record to 33-17-1 and pulling them within three points of idle Anaheim.

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The Sharks and Stars met for the first of two consecutive games against one another in San Jose.

Team Teal would strike first in the contest courtesy of rookie centerman Joe Pavelski. The 2006 national champion from the University of Wisconsin skated behind the net for a wraparound. Marty Turco quickly slid over, but Pavelski wouldn’t be denied and forced the issue. As he stuffed the puck toward the net, it popped above Turco and across the line giving him his second goal in as many nights.

A different type of action occurred near the middle of the first when Ryane Clowe and Krys Barch dropped the gloves. Each landed a couple of jabs before Clowe took the Dallas enforcer to the ice.

San Jose’s penalty killers finished off a brief four-on-three Stars power play and then a five-on-four, then quickly turned the offense back on. Joe Thornton led a three-on-two rush from the left wing. With Marleau driving the net, the drop pass went to Christian Ehrhoff, but his blast was gobbled up by Turco and the period finished with San Jose up 1-0.

Just four minutes into the second, Team Teal increased their lead to two. Thornton found Clowe in the slot and when the defense appeared, he tucked the puck through the slot to Marleau. The vulcanized rubber sat there as Marleau and a defender battled for position. With his back to Turco, Marleau found the puck and knocked it across the goal line with a quick backhand shot.

The dangerous Sharks power play was awarded almost six straight minutes of power play time midway through the second, including some five-on-three time when Thornton was highsticked, but the third goal never materialized.

Back at even strength, Curtis Brown intercepted a pass inside the blueline and found himself in alone on Turco. The speedy winger deked Turco to the ice and had some room behind the prone netminder, but his shot went just wide.

Dallas has allowed just 11 shots through three periods, but San Jose had managed to stick two across the goal line for the 2-0 lead.

Team Teal had 41 seconds of power play time to start the third, and another two minutes thanks to a Turco interference penalty, but the usually lethal power play was coming up empty.

A terrific individual effort by Mike Ribeiro would pull the Stars within one. The shifty center skated in from the blueline, changed direction, and then beat Toskala under the left wing. With 15 to go, it was a one-goal affair.

With 10 to go in the third, Dallas was on their first power play in more than 30 minutes of action and Toskala would be tested. First Hannan was forced to clear the puck in the air from the low slot, then Toskala made a stellar stop on Eric Lindros, with Vlasic making the quick clear.

Coming out of the box, Josh Gorges, deftly intercepted a pass back to the point and took off on a two-on-one with Mike Grier. Turco was able to make the key stop and keep his club in contention. What had been a rather simple game began showing signs of life as Dallas began a rush the other way. This time the post provided Toskala a break when the slot shot clanged back over his shoulder.

The Sharks nearly ended the game with 1:09 remaining when Clowe found a wide-open Marleau who streaked in on Turco but couldn't find the back of the net.

Turco's save on Marleau extended the game for Dallas and with 2.2 seconds remaining in regulation, Philippe Boucher tied the game at 2-2, batting a Ribeiro offering out of the air and in past Toskala. The game headed to overtime, San Jose's first overtime game since the season opener against St. Louis.

Neither team was able to score in the five minute sudden death period and the game went to a shootout, the first for San Jose on the year.

The first four shooters in the shootout scored for their respective teams as Ryane Clowe, Sergei Zubov, Joe Pavelski and Jussi Jokinen all converted in the shootout. Captain Patrick Marleau was the third shooter in the shootout for San Jose, but as he was in the final minutes of regulation, Marleau was stopped by Turco who gave his team the chance to win the game.

Mike Ribeiro, who scored Dallas' first goal and assisted on the game-tying goal with just seconds left, again was in on the scoring as he scored the shootout determining goal giving Dallas the 3-2 shootout victory.

NEXT GAME
San Jose will host the same Dallas Stars on Thursday night at HP Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. Limited tickets are still available at www.ticketmaster.com and at the HP Pavilion Box Office. The game will be available on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.

FINAL SO 1 2 3 OT SO T
Dallas   0 0 2 0 1 (3-4) 3
San Jose   1 1 0 0 0 (2-3) 2
Official Scoresheet Official Super Stats
Boxscore Faceoffs
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Rosters TOI - DAL|SJS
Shootout Details
DAL: RIBEIRO, M. (03:56 in 3rd), BOUCHER, P. (19:57 in 3rd)
SJS: PAVELSKI, J. (02:18 in 1st), MARLEAU, P. (04:06 in 2nd)

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