NHL Game Summary - Dallas at San Jose|
(Saturday, December 21st)
Final Score: San Jose 3, Dallas 2 (SO)
San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Thornton scored the lone goal of the
shootout in the fifth round, lifting the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 triumph over
the Dallas Stars on Saturday at SAP Center.
San Jose trailed 2-0 early in the second period, but got a goal apiece from
Jason Demers and Joe Pavelski to tie the tilt and force an extra session.
After neither team lit the lamp in overtime, the first eight shooters came up
empty in the shootout before Thornton ripped a wrister past the blocker side
of Kari Lehtonen to put the Sharks in front.
Alex Stalock, who stopped 44 shots through the first 65 minutes, turned away
all comers in the shootout to send the Sharks to their third victory in five
Ray Whitney and Antoine Roussel each scored once, while Lehtonen allowed two
goals on 39 shots for the Stars, who had won two straight.
With the Stars trailing 2-0 midway through the second, Demers finished off a
San Jose counter-attack by blasting a one-timer from the inner half of the
right circle that sailed past Lehtonen to make it 2-1 at 11:47.
Pavelski pulled the Sharks even 4:24 into the third when he picked up the puck
just outside the right circle and worked his way into the slot before
backhanding the disc over the blocker of Lehtonen.
Early on, Whitney whipped a backhander over the glove of Stalock from the left
faceoff dot at 4:48 of the first period.
Dallas doubled its lead 4:47 into the second when Alex Goligoski's centering
feed from the low right side was re-directed into the back of the net by
Roussel amid a scrum.
Demers' goal was his first of the season ... Stalock made his first NHL
shootout appearance ... Dallas went 0-for-2 on the power play, while San Jose
finished 0-for-3 on the man-advantage.
12/22 01:40:22 ET