Dallas Stars: Dan Boyle

Sharks hammer Stars, 5-2

February, 3, 2012
The Dallas Stars’ woes in the second game of back-to-backs continued Thursday night in San Jose. The Stars lost 5-2 to the Sharks, falling to 0-8-1 this season in the second game of back-to-backs.

It didn’t help matters that they ran into a San Jose team that was clicking on all cylinders. The Sharks outshot the Stars 37-21, including 28-11 through the first two periods as they built a 4-1 lead in the game. San Jose won an astounding 40 of 52 (77 percent) in the game.

“I thought they played a real good game start to finish,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said of the Sharks. “I thought a good indication were those faceoffs, manhandling us on the draws. I thought they were at the top of their game.

“We didn’t win any battles starting from the faceoff circles to corner. The way they were moving the puck around, we were just chasing it. We were a step behind.”

The Stars (26-22-2) fell three points behind Minnesota for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

“There were a lot of frustrating things tonight. Obviously we didn’t get the result we wanted,” said Stars forward Steve Ott. “There were a lot of little breakdowns. Our faceoff percentage was [bad] and when that happens you are going to chase the puck a lot. We made some costly mistakes that hurt our chances of being in the game.”

The Stars, coming off a 6-2 win in Anaheim on Wednesday, were under the gun in the first 20 minutes Thursday. The Sharks outshot the Stars 15-7 on their way to building a 2-0 lead on an even-strength goal by Michael Handzus and a power play tally by Joe Pavelski.

Only some big saves by Richard Bachman kept it from getting out of hand early. He made several quality stops, including a save on a breakaway by Pavelski and then a second stop on Pavelski’s rebound attempt.

“He made some huge saves,” said Gulutzan. “I thought the first period could have been 5-0. He made some real huge saves.”

The Stars got back in the game on the scoreboard when Ott busted in on net with Dallas on the power play and Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle tried to clear the puck away and accidentally put it in his own net.

But the Sharks got their fourth power play of the night a short time later and cashed in when Patrick Marleau tipped home a Brent Burns centering pass to extend the San Jose lead to 3-1 with five minutes left in the second. The Sharks ended up 2-5 on the power play in the game.

“We took a lot of penalties and they have a lot talent and they want to get on the power play,” Dallas defenseman Stephane Robidas said. “When you give them that many power plays they are eventually going to capitalize on it. That’s exactly what happened.”

Less than two minutes after Marleau's goal, Pavelski picked off a Nicklas Grossman pass in the Dallas zone and set up Joe Thornton, who had an easy tap-in to give the Sharks a 4-1 lead.

Jamie Benn scored early in the third to cut the lead to 4-2, but Ryan Clowe scored later in the period to make it a 5-2 game.


*Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman, who missed Wednesday’s game with the flu, played on Thursday. The Stars dressed seven defensemen and eleven forwards.

*Jake Dowell, Toby Petersen and Adam Pardy were healthy scratches.

*Stars center Jamie Benn has scored goals in consecutive games since returning from his appendectomy.

*Stars forward Steve Ott has consecutive multi-point games.

*The Stars were 1-2 on the power play Thursday and are 2-5 in their first two games since the break.

*The Stars were 3-5 on the penalty kill.

*Benn lost all seven of his faceoffs. Mike Ribeiro won one of eleven.

*The Stars are 0-3-0 against San Jose this season and have been outscored 14-5.

Back-t0-back woes

The Stars are now 4-12-2 in back-to-back games this season, including 0-8-1 in second games. Excluding the extra goal awarded for a shootout victory, the Stars have been outscored 36-14 in those second games.

Stars fall to Sharks, 5-2

February, 2, 2012
The Dallas Stars quest for three straight wins fell short in San Jose Thursday night as they lost 5-2 to the Sharks. The Stars are now three points behind Minnesota for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Stars are now 0-8-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. Steve Ott and Jamie Scored for the Stars. Richard Bachman stopped 32 of 37 shots. San Jose outshot the Stars 37-21 and won 40 of 52 (77 percent) faceoffs.

First period

The Sharks struck 4:42 into the game to take the early lead. A Brent Burns shot from the point deflected off Sharks forward Michal Handzus and past Stars goalie Richard Bachman.

Bachman made some big stops to keep it a one-goal game. He made a nice stop on a blast from Joe Thornton and then stopped Joe Pavelski on a breakaway and then denied Pavelski’s rebound bid.

But the Sharks extended the lead by taking advantage of the game’s first power play when Pavelski’s shot from the point made its way through traffic and past Bachman at the 16:32 mark.

The Sharks outshot the Stars 15-7 in the period.

Nicklas Grossman, who missed Wednesday night's game with the flu, was back in the lineup. The Stars dressed seven defensemen scratched Jake Dowell from the fourth line.

Second period

The Stars killed off the remaining 40 seconds of a San Jose power play to open the period and then thwarted another full Sharks power play a short time later.

The Stars then got a couple of power plays and cashed in on the second one to cut the San Jose to 2-1. As Steve Ott was trying to bust in on net, Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle tried to clear the puck away and ended up it firing it into his own net at 12:41 of the second.

But the Sharks went on their fourth power play less than a minute later and scored to take a 3-1 lead. Patrick Marleau tipped in a Brent Burns centering pass at the 14:59 mark.

Less than two minutes later, Nicklas Grossman turned the puck over to Joe Pavelski, who set up Joe Thornton, who had an easy tap in to give the Sharks a 4-1 lead.

The Sharks outshot the Stars 13-4 in the second period and had a 28-11 advantage through 40 minutes.

Third period

Jamie Benn scored off a rebound at 6:22 of the third to cut San Jose’s lead to 4-2, but that was as close as the Stars would get.

Ryane Clowe scored later in the period to give the Sharks a 5-2 lead.

The Stars outshot the Sharks 10-9 in the third. San Jose had a 37-21 advantage for the game.

Stars lineup



Scratched: Dowell, Petersen, Pardy
Injured: None

Stars blown away in San Jose

April, 1, 2011
The Dallas Stars have had a lot of success in San Jose over the years, but not on Thursday night. And it was a night in which they really needed some success. The Stars missed another chance to gain ground in the playoff race, losing 6-0 to San Jose Sharks.

The Stars are three points behind eighth-place Chicago and both teams have six games remaining. The Stars trail seventh place Anaheim by six points (with one game in hand).

"[Thursday’s game] was a bit of a mess, but we still live to fight another day,” Stars captain Brenden Morrow said. “We play in a couple of days and these are the big ones, Los Angeles and Anaheim. We’re running out of games. We’ve been saying we’ve got games, we’ve got points but we’re running out of them. It’s starting to be do or die.”

The Stars didn’t “do” on Thursday. The Sharks outshot the Stars 52-29 and chased Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen early in the third period after making it a 4-0 game.

“They were the better team out there,” said Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas. “It was as simple as that.”

The Stars started strong in the game, playing a fast-paced and fairly even first period with the Sharks. San Jose scored late in the period when Dan Boyle knocked home the rebound of a Joe Pavelski spinning backhand shot off the rush.

The Sharks ramped it up in the second period, getting a power play goal from Logan Couture early in the period and then a Marc-Edouard Vlasic late the period to make it 3-0. In between those two goals the Stars had three power play chances and opportunity to cut into the lead, but couldn't take advantage.

A Patrick Marleau goal off the rush early in third ended the night for Lehtonen, who allowed four goals on 33 shots. Andrew Raycroft played the rest of the way, allowing two two goals – to Marleau and Ben Eager on 19 shots.

“The first period had lots of battle in it, but it seemed we were unable to match them in the second and third,” Stars coach Marc Crawford said. “They looked like a lot fresher club than we did. That’s no excuse for us. We got beat. We got beat soundly tonight. They were full points for the win. We’ve just got to be more determined than we showed tonight. It’s not good enough. We know it’s not good enough. The consolation is we live to fight another day and on the other side of it, it was the whole group that wasn’t good enough.”

The Sharks, who improved to 24-4-4 over their last 32 games, clinched a playoff spot and moved into second place in the Western Conference.

"I like where our team is at right now with the pressure we've had to play with the last two months," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We've never had the opportunity to put it on cruise control and I don't want us to push that button at all. I want us to keep going so when that tournament does start, we're at the top of our game and not trying to find it."

Sharks rout Stars, 6-0

March, 31, 2011
The Dallas Stars’ winless streak hit five games (0-2-3) with a 6-0 loss at San Jose Thursday night. The Stars remain three points out of a playoff spot with six games left in the season. The Sharks outshot the Stars 52-29. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was pulled early in the third period after giving up four goals on 33 shots. Andrew Raycroft played the rest of the game and stopped 17 of 19 shots.


“The first period had lots of battle in it, but it seemed we were unable to match them in the second and third. They looked like a lot fresher club than we did. That’s no excuse for us. We got beat. We got beat soundly tonight. They were full points for the win. We’ve just got to be more determined than we showed tonight. It’s not good enough. We know it’s not good enough. The consolation is we live to fight another day and on the other side of it, it was the whole group that wasn’t good enough.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

“It was a bit of a mess, but we still live to fight another day. We play in a couple of days and these are the big ones, Los Angeles and Anaheim. We’re running out of games. We’ve been saying we’ve got games, we’ve got points but we’re running out of them. It’s starting to be do or die.” – Stars captain Brenden Morrow

“We were a little concerned coming off the four day layoff, but I think we came out and were obviously energized and the guys used the four days to their advantage.” – Sharks coach Todd McLellan


*The Stars are 1-4-3 in their last eight games.

*San Jose won the season series against the Stars. The Sharks were 3-1-2 for eight points and the Stars were 3-2-1 for seven points.

*The Stars lost the season series against each of their Pacific Division opponents.

*The 52 shots against Thursday were the most allowed by the Stars this season.

*The Stars were shut out for the fifth time this season.

*Krys Barch, Toby Petersen and Steve were the only three Dallas players to have an even rating in the game.

First period

The Sharks scored the only goal, which came with 3:48 remaining. Sharks center Joe Pavelski put a spinning backhander on net off the rush and defenseman Dan Boyle scored on the rebound.

The Sharks came close to extending it to a 2-0 lead with just under two minutes left in the period, but Stars goalie stopped Sharks forward Devin Setoguchi on a breakaway.

Brandon Segal was the lone healthy scratch for the Stars. Karlis Skrastins, Adam Burish, Nicklas Grossman and Brian Sutherby remain out with injury.

Second period

The Sharks extended their lead to 2-0 with a power play goal at the 4:30 mark of the second period. Logan Couture knocked a rebound out of the air with his hand and then backhanded the puck into the open side of the net for his 31st goal of the season.

The Stars had three straight power play chances later in the period, but couldn’t take advantage. Stars forward Loui Eriksson had an excellent chance on the third one, but Sharks goalie Antti Niemi made a sharp pad save.

San Jose made it a 3-0 game with 1:25 left in the period. Devin Setoguchi helped win a puck battle along the boards and then went to the front of the net, setting a screen on a Marc-Edouard Vlasic shot from the left point.

Third period

Sharks forward Patrick Marleau scored from the left circle off the rush at the 2:30 mark of the third, making it a 4-0 game. That ended the night for Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who gave up four goals on 33 shots.

Andrew Raycroft came in, playing in his first game since February 19. He stopped 17 of 19 shots, allowing goals by Marleau and Ben Eager.

Marleau scored on a close range backhand shot after taking a centering pass from Joe Thornton.

Eager scored off a the rush, making a nice move to go forehand to backhand between his legs before scoring his goal.

Stars lineup




Injured: Grossman (knee), Skrastins (leg), Burish (leg), Sutherby (back)

Scratches: Segal

Power play units


Penalty kill units


Sharks down Stars, 6-3

March, 15, 2011
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.

First period

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.

Second period

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.

Third 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.

Stars lineup



Raycroft (backup)

Scratched: Sutherby, Fistric

Injured: Burish (lower body)

Power play units

Morrow-Ribeiro-Benn-Goligoski -Richards

Penalty kill units


Chatting with a Sharks blogger

December, 21, 2009

Jason Plank at the Sharks' blog Fear the Fin answered some San Jose questions in preparation for tonight's game:

Q: Give us a scouting report on the Sharks. What's good? What's bad?

The Sharks recently broke a five game losing streak with a win against Anaheim on Thursday, and during that span they had a load of trouble getting secondary scoring -- Manny Malhotra has been the only non top-six forward to find the back of the net during the last six games. It was an issue in the playoffs last season, and with Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau accounting for roughly 40% of the team's goals up to this point, there is definite room for improvement from the lower lines.

The blueline is also a concern -- we've had our eye on it since the beginning of the year, and there hasn't been enough consistency amongst the unit as a whole to confidently say that it won't pose some issues for the team moving forward. The loss of Christian Ehrhoff to Vancouver this offseason and Rob Blake's decline in number have hurt the team offensively, which has highlighted the defensive miscues that may have been masked last season with the lack of a premier shutdown defenseman.

The issue with these holes, of course, is the lack of cap space Doug Wilson has to work with. The Sharks are pushed right up against the cap, and don't have a lot of expendable pieces to move that make enough in the salary department. If they move a forward they likely lose a 20+ goal scorer, and if they move a defenseman they risk sacrificing a strong team in the future -- it's really a pick your poison type deal, as all of the assets that would yield a significant return are fairly large pieces to the current puzzle.

The good? San Jose is a Cup contending team, as they always are at this time of the year. Top to bottom this roster could be considered the best San Jose has ever iced.

Q: Talk about Joe Thornton and what kind of season he's having. What makes him so solid?

Thornton's a special player who can control a game below the dots-- for all the punishment he takes on a nightly basis from opposing team's shutdown pairings, it's amazing how effective he has managed to be. His vision with the puck is exceptional; coupled with the fact that he has yet to miss a game in a San Jose uniform, that reliability plays a huge part in being able to build a consistently dangerous line around him.

It's no secret that players tend to have breakout goal scoring years when playing with him.

Q: What kind of impact is Dany Heatley having on this team?

For all of the perceived baggage Heatley was potentially bringing over from Ottawa, those aspects haven't shown up in the locker room as far as the general fan can tell. However, he's asked out of two teams before, and while I don't envision that being a problem for San Jose as long as they're still a contender, you still hold some reservations in the back of your mind if things do end up going south.

On the ice he's obviously a huge factor, and has provided San Jose with a pure sniper that they've never really had before (Cheechoo's Rocket Richard year being the exception here). McLellan has actually broken Thornton and him up the last two games in order to get Devin Setoguchi going-- it's a short term solution that I don't agree with (Marleau being my pick to play on Pavelski's wing), and while I think the coaching staff will eventually put him back on the top line where he belongs, it's a little confusing.

Q: Fans are interested in former Stars player Manny Malhotra. How is he doing?

Malhotra's been a godsend for San Jose, especially after news came out he rejected a four year deal worth two million per year to sign for nearly the league minimum -- while I'm essentially considering him a rental player who, due to the aforementioned cap issues, won't be re-signed next offseason, it's still nice to know that San Jose can attract some high impact free agents in areas of need. The organization has historically had a lot of trouble in that department.

With Manny you're obviously getting a defensive-minded forward first and foremost, and that's a big plus when it comes to reducing the shorthanded minutes of our premier players like Pavelski and Marleau. Toss in the fact that he's been chipping in on the scoresheet and there's no complaints here.

Q: Breakdown the Sharks' special teams for us.

The power play has hit a rut in December, and Todd McLellan has described the top unit in the past as, "The Globetrotters." They look good moving the puck, but don't really do much in the way of generating scoring opportunities. San Jose tends to struggle when they try to run everything through Joe Thornton surprisingly, as he's not a shooting threat and will try and force passes into the low slot when the shot from the point isn't clicking. Running it through a guy like Patrick Marleau, who's a much more dynamic stick handler when driving the net, usually yields more positive results. If you shift the attention away from Big Joe he becomes that much more dangerous when threading the needle on touch passes.

The PK has been rock solid. A large part is due to the recent acquisitions of Nichol and Malhotra, along with contributions from some unlikely sources in Heatley and Thornton as well. Pavelski and Marleau have been fixtures on this unit from last year-- when your big guns are as committed to playing on both ends of the ice as those two are, it trickles down the lineup.

Q: Who can the Stars expect to see in goal tonight? Tell us about him.

Evgeni Nabokov will be in net tonight, and I'm sure Stars fans are as familiar with him as Sharks fans are as familiar with Marty Turco. He's had a good year thus far, and has managed to reduce the amount of five-hole goals he's given up-- it's been his achilles heel the last two seasons, which isn't all too surprising. Nabokov likes to heavily challenge shooters, and with his increasing age, you can see the reflexes are starting to slide a bit.

He's been getting a heavy workload this year as well. I'm not sure that's an effective gameplan from an assets management standpoint-- Nabby is the likely starter for Team Russia at the Winter Olympics, and with the compressed schedule this season, that workload may begin to show up as we make our way into the last quarter of the year.

Q: Which players should Stars fans be special attention to tonight?

I'm sure Stars fans are familiar with the majority of San Jose's roster due to playing them frequently, so I'll go off the board here and say Jason Demers who has played one game against Dallas this season. He was a relative unknown coming into camp that managed to find a way onto the bottom pairing, and models his game off Dan Boyle. Strong puck mover who can skate, and while he runs into trouble occasionally when forcing breakout passes up the middle of the ice, there's some definite improving offensive acumen he brings to the table. That being said, if I'm Crawford I attack that pairing (Kent Huskins is his partner) with the last change at home. They started the season strong, but tailed off around game twenty five or so, resulting in Demers being sent down to the minor league affiliate for two weeks to work on his game.

Jamie McGinn is also a player to watch tonight on the third line, and has all of the tools to become a 25-30 goal scorer down the road. He'll throw his weight around on the forecheck and can cycle the puck, as well as possessing some good hands and a long skating stride.

Q: Injury report?

San Jose ran into some injury issues to start the year, but by now the team is largely healthy. Brad Staubitz and Jody Shelley are questionable tonight, so Frazer McLaren will assume the duties of keeping that rascal Steve Ott in check.

Q: Anything else Stars fans should know about the Sharks?

Games with Dallas are always tight affairs, and I expect nothing less tonight. What you see is what you get with these division matchups.