The Dallas Stars wrapped up their three-game homestand with a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Jamie Benn had a goal, assist and a fight for the Stars. Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 31 of 32 shots for his first NHL victory. Jaromir Jagr and Michael Ryder also scored for Dallas, who also improved to 9-8-1 on the season.
Gordie Howe Hat Trick for Jamie Benn
Jamie Benn became the second Dallas Star to register a Gordie Howe Hat Trick this season, picking up a goal, an assist and a fight. Benn fought Sharks captain Joe Thornton in the second, assisted on the Stars first goal of the night and then scored late in the third to seal the Stars victory.
Power play practice pays off
The Dallas Stars spent a lot of time on the power play in Friday’s practice and it paid off Saturday. The Stars scored twice on the power play in the game, and ended up 2-6 on the man advantage in the game. Jaromir Jagr and Michael Ryder scores the goal.
Nilstorp shines in net
Cristopher Nilstorp won his first NHL game Saturday, stopping 31 of 32 shots. Nilstorp was solid throughout the night, and the only goal against came on a San Jose five-on-three power play.
Both goaltenders – Dallas’ Cristopher Nilstorp and San Jose’s Antti Niemi – were sharp in the first, stopping a combined 25 shots.
The Stars had a five-on-three power play for 1:02, but could not cash take advantage. The Stars went on a third power play late in the third, and it carried over into the second.
The Stars lost defenseman Aaron Rome to a lower body injury in the period.
There was a lot of special teams play in the first part of the second with both teams getting brief power plays, but neither could take advantage.
Stars center Jamie Benn and Sharks captain Joe Thornton dropped the gloves in a spirited fight at the 8:21 mark of the second.
The Stars came close to scoring at the 10:31 mark, but a Vernon Fiddler shot from the left circle rang off the far post.
The Stars got a power play late in the period, and cashed in to take a 1-0 lead. Jamie Benn centered the puck to Jaromir Jagr, who tipped it past Niemi with 57.3 left in the period.
The Stars immediately went on another power play when Sharks defenseman Doug Murray picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and that penalty carried over into the third period.
The Stars scored on that remaining power play time when Michael Ryder scored from the slot 30 seconds into the third to give the Stars a 2-0 lead.
The Sharks went on a 5-on-3 power play less than two minutes later and scored two seconds into it when Thornton won a faceoff right to Patrick Marleau, who scored from the right circle at the 2:19 mark.
The Stars killed off the remaining 5-on-4, and then another San Jose power play.
With just over 11 minutes left, Nilstorp made a nice stop on Thornton driving the net. The Sharks shot the scored on the ensuing scramble, but the goal was waved off when Thornton was penalized for goaltender interference.
Jamie Benn sealed the win with a late goal.
Injured: Lehtonen (groin), Daley (neck), Whitney (foot)
Scratched: Fraser, Wandell (conditioning assignment)