Stars Defeat the Sharks in Close Battle
Photo Credit-Clarissa Maki
The Stars faced off against former division foe and undefeated San Jose Sharks. With Kari Lehtonen still out with a lower body injury, Dan Ellis saw yet another start and was faced with difficulties very early as Tyler Kennedy snuck one in 9 seconds in. The shot had eyes as it got past several green jerseys and eluded Ellis over his shoulder.
Dallas was able to respond late in the period as Tyler Seguin buried one on a rebound (Robidas and Benn with the assists) which prompted a quick response from Matt Nieto to put the Sharks ahead going into the second period. Trevor Daley tied it up two minutes into the second on a rebound perfectly placed off a shot from Cody Eakin (Whitney with the secondary assist).
Patrick Marleau put San Jose in front (3-2) midway through the second but the Stars answered quickly with another rebound goal scored by Cody Eakin as Chiasson sent one low stick side at the net. This game went into overtime and despite a San Jose Power Play late, ended up in a shoot out.
Stars shooters: Benn (Miss)-Seguin (Miss)-Chiasson (Made)
Sharks shooters: Pavelski (Miss)-Couture (Miss)-Burns (Miss)
Chiasson's goal and Dan Ellis' sharp goaltending ended up getting the Stars a full 2 points against an undefeated San Jose team.
-While Dan Ellis looked shaky early on, he stood tall when it mattered against a very talented and quick San Jose Sharks team. Ellis was able to stifle many of the Sharks' chances late in the game.
-Antoine Roussel showed quite a bit of passion when Irwin sent Daley into the boards from behind. A fight video worth looking for if you missed it.
-Valeri Nichushkin saw some offensive zone time with the top line (as he did in the first game of the season). As noted by Razor, it's nice to see him getting time offensively, but it's important for the 18 year old to adjust to playing away from the puck in the NHL.
-Trevor Daley had a goal tonight (albeit it was perfectly placed for him to score), but showed very lacking in his defensive game. At least 2 of the 3 goals looked like they could have been partially faulted on him (nothing is ever 100% faulted on one player in hockey-it's a team sport).
-The Stars did a fantastic job shutting down the top line of Hertl-Thorton-Burns (you read that right). They are a big, fast, skilled line and have produced quite a bit of offense this season.
-Not sure having the top 4 forward on the power play is the best choice (especially when it is not producing). More on that on Tuesday's Lone Star State of Hockey show.
-Note the shots: 34-31 in favor of the Stars. That's an improvement.