The Dallas Stars rallied from 2-0 and 4-2 deficits to beat the San Jose Sharks 5-4 in a shootout Sunday afternoon in San Jose. The win was the second straight for the Stars, who pulled to within four points of eighth place in the Western Conference. Alex Chiasson scored two goals and Eric Nystrom and Loui Eriksson also scored. Jamie Benn had two assists and the lone goal in the shootout. Kari Lehtonen stopped 32 of 36 shots in regulation and overtime, and was 3-3 in the shootout.
Stars show some resiliency
The Stars were down 4-2 entering the third period, but goals from Alex Chiasson and Loui Eriksson tied the game and forced extra time, allowing the Stars to win in the shootout. It was just the second time this season that the Stars have rallied to win a game when trailing after two periods. The Stars are now 2-12-0 when trailing after 40 minutes this season. The Stars also won for just the fourth time in 17 games when surrendering the first goal of the game. They are now 4-12-1 when their opponent scores first.
Chiasson scores two more
Stars forward Alex Chiasson scored two more goals Sunday, giving him three goals over the last two games. Chiasson scored off a rebound of a Jamie Benn shot in the second period to tie the game 2-2 and then off the rush in the third to cut the Sharks’ lead to 4-3.
After a long review… it’s a goal
It took almost six minutes to review it, but it turned out a wrap-around attempt by Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was a goal. At least in the NHL’s eyes. With the Sharks leading 3-2 late in the second period, Vlasic attempted a wrap-around, which was followed by a whistle. There was no goal call by the referee and no reaction from the Sharks. The puck was definitely over the goal line, but there might have been a debate about when it crossed. Still, the league ruled that it did completely cross the goal line and was a good goal.
The Stars had a power play early, but weren’t able to create anything with the opportunity.
The Sharks opened the scoring 8:39 into the game when Logan Couture won a puck battle behind the net, centered it and Tommy Wingels scored the slot.
The Stars had another power play late in the period. Erik Cole had a chance from close range off a scramble in front of the net, but it was stopped by Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi.
The Stars came up out with some good pressure early in the second, but couldn’t get the equalizer. Ray Whitney hit a post in the first minute of the period. Matt Fraser shot wide on a breakaway a short time later.
The Sharks made it a 2-0 game at the 3:06 mark when Brent Burns scored from the right circle off the rush, beating Kari Lehtonen to the short side.
Within 1:01 of the Burns goal the Stars tied the game with two goals in a 26-second span.
After forcing a turnover along the boards, Eric Nystrom went to the net, took a centering pass from Vernon Fiddler and scored from close range at the 3:41 mark.
Just 26 seconds later Alex Chiasson scored off the rebound of a Jamie Benn shot that was blocked to make it a 2-2 game.
The Stars went on a power play a short time later, had several good chances but couldn’t get the go-ahead goal.
Lehtonen came up big with 12:31 left in the second, stopping Burns, who had just come out of the penalty box, on a breakaway to keep it a 2-2 game.
The Sharks took a 3-2 when Raffi Torres knocked Aaron Rome off the puck in the Dallas zone, got the puck to T.J. Galiardi, who scored off a spinning backhand shot from the right circle at 7:48 of the second period.
The Sharks had back-to-back power plays just past the midway point of the period, but the Stars were able to kill them off to keep it a one-goal game.
The Sharks made it a 4-2 game when Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored on a wrap-around, but a goal being scored on the play was not immediately apparent. There was no call by the referee and no reaction by the Sharks. But video replays showed the puck was in the net under Lehtonen and after a very long review, it was ruled a good goal.
Lehtonen came with a couple of big saves early in the third period to keep the Stars within a goal and then his teammates cut the lead to one with a goal off the rush. After Jamie Benn stole the puck the puck in the neutral zone he started the rush into the Sharks zone and got the puck to Whitney, who slipped the puck to Chiasson, who scored from close range to make it a 4-3 game with 13:53 remaining.
The Stars tied with 10:46 left when Fraser put a shot on net from the top of the left circle off the rush and Loui Eriksson scored off the rebound.
Lehtonen made a sharp save on a Couture deflection early in overtime.
Eriksson hit the post from the right circle with 1:08 left the extra session.
Jamie Benn scored the lone goal of the shootout. Lehtonen stopped Couture, Dan Boyle and Burns.
Injured: MacDermid (upper body)