San Jose’s Win Streak Ends In Dallas. Stars Beat Sharks 3-2

Posted: March 11, 2011 in San Jose Sharks

What’s up sports fans? Well it had to happen. We all knew one way or another, the Sharks would have to eventually come down to Earth. Sharks lose to Dallas 3-2 in really just the weirdest way to lose a game. Dallas won its seventeenth road win by using excellent shot selections to keep San Jose away from their goalie area. The Stars came out swinging the hockey stick like they were playing for the Stanley Cup, with just 79 seconds into the first period Stars Leftwing Jaime Benn scored on a pass from Stephane Robidas which gave Dallas a 1-0 lead. As the game progresses Steve Ott of Dallas and Jason Demers get into it and Demers hit the line judge in the chops. No one was ready for that, especially not the line judge. Dallas did get the win, it made Stars Coach Mike Crawford was happy.

“I thought the way we played at the end and the way we protected the lead at the end was much better than the other night,” coach Marc Crawford said. “They’re a team that can hurt you with out-number chances, and I thought our guys were really responsible tonight. They backchecked hard and protected the puck. Those are very positive signs.” San Jose did answer with 10:05 left in the first period when Scott Wellwood scored with a backhand shot that confused Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. In the Sharks past 21 games San Jose has only lost 4 times and haven’t lost a home since January 13th.”I don’t think it was our best effort compared to the way we’ve been winning lately,” said Patrick Marleau, who scored San Jose’s second goal.

“They did get a couple of good bounces that went their way but we had our opportunities to go ahead even more.”  Really the game seemed to go either way, it appeared that each team was working hard to find that something that would allow them to get the win. Dallas forward Steve Ott had this to say “The tank was definitely on empty, they have a pretty deadly six guys out there that can hurt you any time. For us, all the icings worked. I guess we were trying to tire them out to make them keep skating back for the puck. All in all, it was great that we finally closed out that game rather than the last two getting pretty scary with them coming back.”

This was a game that you really couldn’t put your finger on why Dallas won. Sharks out shot the Stars 31-28 it’s still close, but San Jose also led in face offs 34-29. Dallas also had more penalties than the Sharks, and they also had more power play opportunities than the Stars, which can make you wonder, how did Dallas get the win? It was what I stated in the beginning of this blog Jaime Benn’s backhand. “It took us too long to get in and we wasted some valuable minutes when we thought we could maybe establish some momentum,” coach Todd McLellan said. “I wasn’t particularly pleased with the power play. Obviously a short-handed goal 1 minute in doesn’t help. You get back on your heels a little bit, they get a much stronger belief in their game and it took us basically a full period to get going again.”

Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley combined to score only to have Dallas counter with Mark Fristic and Loui Eriksson hit the loose shot to score and tie the game up 2-2, and then Jaime Benn gets loose and is one on one against Antii Niemi putting in the winning goal passed Niemi. Sharks will try to rebound against Nashville. Do you think San Jose will stay down or stay competitive? Tell me what you think? Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!

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