Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Sharks down Stars, 6-3
By Mark Stepneski
The Dallas Stars jumped out to a 2-0 lead Tuesday night but couldn’t hold it, falling 6-3 to the San Jose Sharks at American Airlines Center.
The Stars lost their second straight game and fell to 1-2-1 on their current homestand.
Mike Ribeiro, Toby Petersen and Jamie Benn scored for the Stars, who lost forward Loui Eriksson to an upper body injury during the game. San Jose moved six points ahead of the Stars in the Pacific Division standings.
“Very often times it is a brief lapse in your play that costs you at this time of the year and that’s something that we’ll have to rectify. It was a helter-skelter game with all the head hits in the game. Sometimes you wish your team performed at the optimum level, but the emotion of the game, the energy of the game sometimes takes it away.” -- Stars coach Marc Crawford
“It was a tough game. We obviously didn’t have our best. They played last night and played a pretty solid game. They didn’t give us much. We had an early lead and they came back. … we tried to come back in the end and came up short.” -- Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas
“You hate to dwell on games long. Give it five, 10 minutes and then find a way to park the game, move on and start focusing on the next one. It’s not going to get any easier. We know that. It’s going to be extremely tough the rest of the way. It’s going to be extremely tight. We’ve got to focus on the next game at hand and keep going at that.” -- Stars forward Steve Ott
*The Stars are 3-5-2 in their last 10 home games.
*The Stars were 1-for-4 on the power play Tuesday and are 2-for-19 on the power play over the last six games.
*Jamie Benn had one goal and two assists, extending his points streak to eight games (7 goals, 4 assists).
*Benn had eight shots on goal, a career-high.
*Mike Ribeiro has 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) in the last 13 games.
The Sharks outshot Dallas 15-9 in the first 20 minutes. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen had several sharp saves, including one on Joe Pavelski with about 3:34 left in the period.
There were no penalties in the first period and no power plays.
Brian Sutherby and Mark Fistric were scratches for the Stars. Adam Burish missed his second straight game with a lower body injury.
The Stars took the lead 3:28 into the second period when Mike Ribeiro circled out from behind the San Jose net into the slot and beat Sharks goalie Antti Niemi with a wrist shot.
The Stars lost Eriksson a short time later when he took a hit to the head during a collision in the neutral zone with Sharks defenseman Doug Murray. Ott challenged Murray to fight after the next faceoff, taking an instigator penalty and putting the Sharks on a power play.
But it was he Stars who took advantage, scoring their 10th shorthanded goal of the season. Benn circled around the San Jose net and centered the puck to Toby Petersen, who pushed it past Niemi to give Dallas a 2-0 lead at the 5:08 mark.
But the Sharks got on the board just after their power play expired when Dan Boyle’s shot from the point was deflected into the net by Joe Thornton at the 6:23 mark.
The Sharks got 58 seconds of 5-on-3 power play time later in the period and cashed in to tie the game at 2. With Brenden Morrow in the box for high sticking and Benn in for delay of game, Dany Heatley backhanded a rebound past Kari Lehtonen at the 12:40 mark of the second period.
The Sharks scored two goals 1:40 apart early in the third period to take a 4-2 lead. Joe Pavelski stole the puck from Jeff Woywitka in the corner and set up Ryane Clowe, who scored from the slot at the 1:51 mark to make it a 3-2 game.
After taking the puck from Jamal Mayers, Pavelski then set up Torrey Mitchell on 2-on-1 and Mitchell scored from close range to make it a 4-2 game at 3:31 of the third period.
The Stars got their second power play of the game seven minutes into the period and scored to make it a 4-3 game when Benn backhanded a rebound past Niemi with 11:49 remaining in the game.
The Stars got their third power play of the game with just over four minutes left, but couldn’t cash in. Lehtonen did come up with a big save, stopping Thornton on a shorthanded breakaway to keep it a 4-3 game.
Just after that Stars power play expired, Dallas got its fourth when Logan Couture took a delay of game penalty with 2:01 left. The Stars pulled Lehtonen for the extra attacker, but Thornton stole the puck from Brad Richards and scored into the empty net to make it 5-3 with 1:08 remaining. Healtley scored another empty net goal with 41 seconds left to make it a 6-3 game.
Scratched: Sutherby, Fistric
Injured: Burish (lower body)
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