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StarPoints For 3/3 vs San Jose

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars (29-26-7) @ San Jose Sharks (42-10-9)
9:30PM - HP Pavilion
Television - Fox Sports Southwest
Radio-News/Talk 820 WBAP

1.)  Tonight’s match-up marks the fifth of six contests between the San Jose Sharks and the Dallas Stars. The Sharks have been a difficult team to beat this season for the Stars (and a lot of teams), dropping all four games this season. The last meeting, Feb. 23 in Dallas had the look of a playoff game as only one goal was scored in the 60-minute contest. Devin Setoguchi scored in the third period to tally the game-winning goal for the Sharks, 1-0. Evgeni Nabokov stopped all 29 shots faced and Marty Turco stopped 23-of-24.
 
2.)  Loui Eriksson scored his 28th goal of the season Sunday against Pittsburgh. The Stars’ leading goal scorer ranks 11th in the NHL in goals and fifth in even-strength goals with 22. The Goteborg, Sweden native also ranks second in the NHL in shooting percentage at 21.4% (28 goals on 131 shots). Eriksson is on pace to score over 35 goals this season, a feat that has not been achieved by a Dallas Star since Brett Hull in the 2000-01 season, when he notched 39 goals.

3.)  Mark Fistric is making his presence felt on the ice. The defenseman averages 14:53 minutes-per-game and has played in eight games since being recalled from Manitoba on Feb. 14. In 19 games played this season, Fistric has blocked 19 shots and been credited for 55 hits. Last season the 22-year-old played in 37 games and recorded an impressive 79 hits. Fistric, who is playing in only his second season in the NHL, is developing into an extremely tough and smart defenseman for Dallas.
 
4.)  Injuries have been difficult to swallow for the Stars this season. Dallas has seen a significant number of players miss time in the 2008-09 campaign. Entering tonight’s game against San Jose, the Stars are at 244 total man-games lost, which passes last year’s season mark (186) and will most likely pass the 296 games lost in the 2006-07 season. The long-term injuries to Brenden Morrow, Sergei Zubov, Brad Richards and Toby Petersen will push the Stars past 300 man-games lost for the season.
 
5.)  One to watch for: Joe Thornton, the first overall pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, is ranked third in the NHL in assists with 54 and eighth in points with 70. He has been an assist machine in the NHL since he started his career in Boston, collecting 570 assists in 815 career NHL games. The London, Ontario native has scored 16 goals this season including three game winners and six power-play goals, and has posted a +23 rating. In 36 games against the Stars, Thornton has scored 10 goals and 26 assists for 36 points.



Author: Dallas Stars Staff

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