Thursday, December 16, 2010
Stars fall in overtime to Sharks, 4-3
By Mark Stepneski
The Dallas Stars ran their home points streak to 11 games (9-0-2) but they only got one point, losing 4-3 in overtime to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night at American Airlines Center. Logan Couture’s power play goal at 1:20 of overtime was the game-winner for the Sharks. Brenden Morrow, Loui Eriksson and Tom Wandell scored goals for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 39 shots in returning to the net after missing the last four games with back soreness.
The Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks are tied 1-1 after one period at American Airlines Center.
The Stars’ penalty kill came up big early in the game, stopping the Sharks on a five-on-three power play that lasted for 1:39. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made five saves on the five-on-three.
Just as he came out of the penalty box to make it a five-on-four, Jeff Woywitka had a prime shorthanded scoring chance but it was denied by Sharks goalie Antero Niittymaki.
The Sharks opened the scoring at 10:05 with an even strength goal off the rush. Devin Setoguchi took a pass from Joe Pavelski and scored into the open side of the net to make it a 1-0 game.
The Stars tied the game with a power play goal with 50.2 seconds left in the period. Loui Eriksson won a puck battle at the San Jose blue line, skated to the slot and set up Brenden Morrow, who scored from the right circle.
Some notes after one period.
- The Sharks outshot the Stars 16-6 in the period.
- The Stars were 1-1 on the power play.
- San Jose was 0-3 on the power play.
- The Stars won 8 of 14 faceoffs in the first period.
The San Jose Sharks lead the Dallas Stars 3-2 after two periods of play at American Airlines Center.
The Stars took the lead midway through the second period by cashing on their second power play chance of the game. Loui Eriksson got to the rebound of a Brad Richards shot from the point and roofed the puck over Sharks goalie Antero Niittymaki at the 9:26 mark.
But the Sharks answered just 37 seconds later to tie the game at 2-2. Torrey Mitchell beat Kari Lehtonen with a shot from the slot off the rush at 10:03 of the second period.
The Sharks made it a 3-2 game less than two minutes later when Devin Setoguchi scored his second of the game, whipping a shot past Lehtonen from the top of the right circle off the rush at the 11:49 mark.
Some notes after two periods.
- The Sharks outshot the Stars 7-6 in the second period and have a 23-13 advantage for the game.
- The Stars are 2-2 on the power play through two periods.
- San Jose is 0-3 on the power play.
- The Stars have won 19 of 33 faceoffs through two periods.
The Stars killed off a San Jose power play early in the third and then drew even at the 7:56 mark when Tom Wandell circled out from behind the San Jose net and scored on a shot from the right circle to make it a 3-3 game.
The Stars came close to taking the lead with 4:26 remaining, but James Neal hit the post from point blank range.
The Sharks went on a 4:00 power play with 49 seconds remaining after Mike Ribeiro was called for high sticking Dany Heatley. The Stars killed off the first 49 seconds to get the game to overtime.
The Sharks had 3:11 of power play time left when overtime began and scored 1:20 into the extra period when Logan Couture ripped a shot from the slot past Kari Lehtonen.