Quick recap: Sharks 3, Stars 2

The Dallas Stars chances of making the playoffs took a big hit Tuesday night as they lost 3-2 to the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion. The Stars held a 2-1 lead late in the game, but San Jose scored two goals within 30 seconds to take a 3-2 lead that held up the rest of the way.

The loss left the Stars three points out of eighth place in the Western Conference with just two games left in their season. San Jose clinched a playoff spot with the victory.

Antoine Roussel and Loui Eriksson scored goals for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 34 of 37 shots.

First period

The Sharks went on the first power play of the game and had some good chances, including a deflection that went off the post, but thanks to some sharp saves by Kari Lehtonen the Stars were able to kill it off.

The Sharks went on a second power play with just over eight minutes left in the period and cashed in this time as Scott Gomez set up Raffi Torres off the rush and Torres chipped the puck over Lehtonen from close range with 7:07 left in the period.

But the Stars bounced back to tie the game 1:39 later when Antoine Roussel  went to the net and knocked home the rebound of a Cody Eakin shot with 5:28 left in the first.

The Stars got their first power play of the night with 2:12 left in the first and then went on a 1:21 five-on-three power play when Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart picked up an interference penalty. The Sharks got the big chance though, when defenseman Justin Braun got a partial breakaway, but his chance was stopped by Lehtonen.

The Stars didn’t cash in on the five-on-three but Sharks defenseman  Marc-Edouard Vlasic took a slashing penalty while the Stars were on the remaining five-on-four, so the Stars had 28 seconds of five-on-three time to open the second period.

Second period

The Stars took advantage of the five-on-three, scoring 17 seconds into the second period when Alex Goligoski put a shot on net from the point and Loui Eriksson scored off the rebound to put the Stars up 2-1.

The Stars still had 1:43 of five-on-four time remaining, but the Sharks were able to kill off that one to keep it a 2-1 game.

Lehtonen came up with a big save to keep the Stars up 2-1, stopping a close range bid from a wide open Vlasic four-and-half minutes into the period.

Trevor Daley came up with a big play, sweeping the puck away from the goal line after a Patrick Marleau shot got behind Lehtonen.

Lehtonen came with another save with 2:49 left in the second, sticking the pad out to stop a Dan Boyle blast from the slot.

Third period

Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart came close to tying the game a little more than a minute into the period, but his shot from the point hit the post.

Sharks center Joe Pavelski hit a post off a backhand shot and then Lehtonen denied a shot by Boyle with a little more than 15 minutes left in the period.

The Sharks tied the game with 5:37 left when a Stuart shot from the point deflected off Pavelski and into the net.

Just 30 seconds later the Sharks struck again as Patrick Marleau set up Logan Couture, who scored from the left circle with 5:07 remaining to give San Jose a 3-2 lead.

The Stars pulled Lehtonen with 1:44 left for the extra attacker, but couldn’t get the equalizer.

Stars lineup

Whitney-Benn-Eriksson
Nystrom-Fiddler-Cole
Smith-Eakin-Garbutt
Roussel-Wandell-MacDermid

Daley-Robidas
Dillon-Goligoski
Rome-Larsen

Lehtonen (starter)
Bachman

Injured: Chiasson (shoulder)
Scratched: Jordie Benn, Fraser

2 Responses to “Quick recap: Sharks 3, Stars 2”

  1. This game killed me. Felt like my heart was ripped out of my chest. After surviving an onslaught and supreme goaltending from Lehts one small mistake not getting the puck out (Ray Whitney) and puck finds its way in via deflection. Then that second lucky bounce to the toothy Coutoure and its over. I have to blame this one on Gully. bad game plan sitting on the lead. You can only hold off the sharks so long when you sit back and stick defend the whole game after being fortunate enough to have a lead. Dallas has the youth and team speed to press and force turnovers. That’s what got them the winning streak and got them back in the playoff race. He went back to bend don’t break defensive style which is stressful to watch and not entertaining. He should have taken the leash off them and said “Boys… Forechecking the $&@! Out of them!” Oh we’ll nice effort anyways team. Doesn’t look good now. Future though is bright with young core and prospects like Connaughton, Morrow, Ritchie, and Faksa. Not to mention all the draft picks that Joe can turn into an established player. Go Stars Go!

    Valley in Mississauga

    • Yes, I completely agree with you, Mike. The Stars shoulda pushed harder for that insurance goal instead of sitting back & playing D. They are younger & faster than the Sharks. They coulda kept them off balance the rest of the night…

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