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