San Jose Sharks Friday game wrap: Cracknell’s hat trick leads Stars 6-1 as Sharks extend losing streak to five

March 24, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

~ Photo: LM Otero, AP

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ In Dallas’ biggest margin of victory in a game this season, the Stars asserted themselves over the Sharks 6-1 Friday.

Kari Lehtonen, playing in the second of back-to-back games, only gave up one goal while he made 20 saves.

It was Adam Cracknell’s first NHL hat trick and he spread the goals out over each period, the last one coming shorthanded.

San Jose now has a season-high five game losing streak. It was the most goals Aaron Dell has given up this year, his season-high previously three.

The season series came full circle, the Sharks 5-1 first game win ending in this third game finale.

San Jose’s Captain Joe Pavelski said after the game, “There’s a commitment that needs to be there…and we’re searching for that.”

For Dallas, Jason Spezza had three assists and Remi Elie had two assists.

The game got worse for the Sharks through the game in different ways. Four shots again in the first period with one power play was nothing compared to the second..

Brett Ritchie made it 2-0 1:58 into the second period and later scored two more goals in less than two minutes.

Tyler Seguin and Cracknell led with two shots apiece in the first. Dell stopped shots by Seguin and a Jamie Benn breakaway initially with his pads.

In the second, San Jose’s Patrick Marleau hit the crossbar. A wide open Jamie Benn and Cracknell’s second goal made it 4-0.

The Sharks then took advantage of the power play this time, scoring less than a minute after the Stars’ fourth goal. Joe Thornton saw Brent Burns’ shot bounce and tracked it into the net.

San Jose had almost two straight penalties later in the second, too many men at 11:45 and interference from Justin Braun at 14:10.  

Shots were 12-11 Dallas at the end of the middle frame.

The Sharks’ third period power play was the worst. Pavelski nearly had a goal when his shot up front hit the post. Then Dell accidentally sent the puck directly to Cracknell, resulting in his hat trick goal. 21 seconds later, John Klingberg made it 6-1.

Game notes: San Jose’s Jannik Hansen returned to the lineup but Melker Karlsson remained out. Teammate Marc-Edouard Vlasic had to leave the game in the third. There is yet to be an update on his status. The Sharks play another back-to-back, Saturday at 5pm versus the Nashville Predators.

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