San Jose Sharks Sunday game wrap: San Jose Has Dallas Seeing Stars In Rout 5-1

March 12, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

San Jose Sharks’ Patrick Marleau (12) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 12, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

San Jose Has Dallas Seeing Stars In Rout 5-1

By Barbara Mason

SAN JOSE–The San Jose Sharks had barely a chance to catch their breath before taking the ice Sunday evening against the Dallas Stars. Having a tough showing yesterday losing to the Nashville Predators the team is looking to re-group and get back on a winning track. Dallas is currently residing near the bottom of the Central division in contrast to the Sharks first place position in the Pacific, a full seven points ahead of the Calgary Flames. While this could be a tale of two teams, San Jose takes no team lightly and expects a fight out of Dallas. Coming in at 26th in face-off in the NHL the Sharks are one of the best possession team’s so the debate about how important the face-off is goes on. An improvement in the face-off would only give an already deep team even more depth.

There would be no slow start for the Sharks in this game. In the first period at 3:56 Patrick Marleau would score his 23rd goal of the season assisted by Logan Couture and Justin Braun for the early 1-0 lead. This was Marleau’s 504th career goal. At 12:54 the Stars Remi Ellie would score when Shark goalie Aaron Dell lost sight of the puck and the score was tied up 1-1. Remi was assisted by Alec Hamsky. Captain Joe Pavelski would take back the lead at 17:14 with his 25th goal of the season. He was assisted by Joe Thornton and Paul Martin. The period would come to an end with San Jose leading 2-1. The Stars had outshot the Sharks 15-6 but San Jose was making their shots count.

The second period would open with another Sharks goal at 2:46 scored by Joel Ward for his  eighth of the season assisted by Logan Couture and Paul Martin for a 3-1 lead. At this point the Stars pulled their goalie Ehtonen and in came an old friend Antti Niemi to take over. The Sharks would have more in store for the Stars despite the change. At 12:26 Joe Pavelski would score a short-handed goal for a 4-1 lead. At period’s end the Sharks had clearly taken control of this game.

San Jose would score yet again in the early going of the third period. Chris Tierney would make this game a runaway with his seventh goal of the season, He was assisted by Dylan DeMelo and Marcus Sorensen for a commanding lead 5-1. The hat trick that everyone was hoping for did not materialize however it was a great win for the Sharks. The three stars were awarded to Paul Martin, Aaron Dell and the number one star went to captain Joe Pavelski for a stellar performance.

The Sharks will next take on the Buffalo Sabres next Tuesday at SAP. The puck drops at 7:30.

 

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