San Jose Sharks News and Analysis: Sharks Shut Out in Big D, Stars’ Lehtonen the Star

March 20, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) blocks a shot during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Dallas, Monday, March 20, 2017. The Stars won 1-0. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

By Matthew Harrington

Big-time D prevailed in Big D Monday night, with Kari Lehtonen shutting out the San Jose Sharks for 1-0 Stars win at home. Aaron Dell made 19 saves to kick off San Jose’s four game road trip, including two sets of back-to-back contests and another showdown in Dallas. Grinder Curtis McKenzie scored the lone goal of the game while Lehtonen turned aside all 30 San Jose shots.

The Sharks were forced to create a makeshift lineup with regulars Jannik Hansen, Melker Karlsson and Chris Tierney all out with injuries. Tomas Hertl skated on the top line in place of Hertl while call-ups Danny O’Regan and Timo Meier filled out the bottom six forwards. The San Jose Barracuda clinched a spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs, allowing for mass call-ups to the parent club.

Both goalies were at the top of their games, stopping every puck the saw. It was a deflection that would beat the Sharks netminder on Dallas’ 12th shot of the game in the second period. McKenzie parked himself just outside the crease, redirecting a shot from Adam Cracknell for his 5th goal of the season. Juri Hudler also assisted on the strike with 5:06 left in the second.

San Jose stifled the Dallas offense but couldn’t convert on their own offense barrage in the third period. They fired 11 shots in the third, matching their second period total but Lehtonen would stand tall.

For the Sharks, its back to work against a team that’s having struggles of its own. Team Teal boarded a jet immediately after the game, flying to Minnesota to face the Wild Tuesday night. After that, the Sharks return to Dallas for a Friday night tilt before jetting over to Nashville for a Saturday night contest against the Predators.

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