“Hits and Misses” for Stars at Sharks 3/31/11

Result:  Stars 0, SHARKS 6

San Jose Sharks defensema Douglas Murray knocks down Dallas Stars forward Toby Petersen Thursday night. Photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports.

HITS

Dan Boyle – Boyle scored his seventh goal of the season, and first goal in 17 games, at 16:12 of the first period to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.  Sharks forward Kyle Wellwood, who was at the goal line inside the Sharks zone, fired a breakout pass up the ice to line-mate Joe Pavelski, who skated with the puck into the Stars zone.  With one Stars defender back, Pavelski put a spin-o-rama backhand shot on net from the top face-off circle dot that Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped but left a juicy rebound that Boyle, who was crashing the net, was able to chip in the open net for the goal.  With the secondary assist on the goal, Wellwood now has 100 career assists.

Logan Couture – “Calder” Couture scored his 31st goal of the season with the Sharks on the Power Play at 4:30 of the second period to put the Sharks up 2-0.  Couture is now tied with New York Islanders rookie Michael Grabner for the NHL rookie goal lead.  With Stars defenseman Trevor Daley serving a two-minute “hooking” penalty, Couture won a battle for the puck along the boards in the Stars zone and got the puck out to Boyle, who fired a shot on net from the blue line.  The shot was blocked in front by Sharks forward Ryane Clowe, who was screening Lehtonen in front and Sharks forward Dany Heatley picked up the loose puck and fired a shot on net that was deflected into the air.  Couture, who had worked himself back into the slot from the side board, gloved the puck down and slid a backhanded shot into the net for the goal.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – “Pickles” scored his third goal of the season at 18:25 of the second period to put the Sharks up 3-0 heading into the second intermission.  With the puck in the Stars zone, Sharks captain Joe Thornton won a battle for the puck in the top corner and sent an incredible cross ice pass down to Vlasic, who ripped a shot from the point that squeezed through the pads of Lehtonen for the goal.

Patrick Marleau – Marleau recorded his 50th career multi-goal game with his 34th and 35th goals of the season and set a franchise record with 12 shots on goal.  Marleau’s first goal of the game came at 2:30 of the third period to put the Sharks up 4-0 and showed just how fast Marleau is as he took a pass from Sharks forward Jamal Mayers at center ice, blew past Stars defenseman Jeff Woywitka in a split second by turning on the afterburners and once in the Stars zone, sniped a shot from inside the slot that beat Lehtonen, ending Lehtonen’s night as he was pulled for backup goalie Andrew Raycroft.  Marleau’s second goal of the game came at 12:26 of the third period that put the Sharks up 5-0.  With the puck in the Stars zone, Heatley battled for the puck in the corner against two Stars players.  Thornton supported on the play, got the puck on his stick, went around the Stars net and centered a pass out in front to a cutting Marleau, who backhanded a shot over Raycroft’s shoulder for the goal.

Ben Eager – Eager scored THE GOAL of the NHL season at 14:18 of the third period that was simply specular and jaw dropping.  The goal was Eager’s sixth of the season and came as the result of a two-on-one rush with line mate Mayers, who carried the puck into the Stars zone.  Mayers passed the puck over to Eager, who displayed just how skilled he is by receiving the pass, going forehand, put the puck through his own legs and roofed the puck via a backhand shot for the goal.  Even more amazing, Eager did all of that in one smooth motion and in a split second.

Dany Heatley – “Heater” had a two point night with two assists and had played one of, if not his best game as a Shark.  Even though Heatley didn’t score a goal, Heatley did all the other little things on the ice such as battling for the puck, getting in front of the net and playing solid fundamental hockey.

Joe Thornton – With his two assists, the Sharks captain now has 997 career points, just three shy of the 1000 point milestone.

Jamal Mayers – “Jammer” had a two point night with two assists.

Douglas Murray – “Crankshaft” had a game high five hits in the game.

Antti Niemi – Making his 32nd consecutive start in net for the Sharks, “Nemo” was simply flawless as he stopped all 29 Stars shots for his 6th shutout this season and 13th career shutout.

Special Teams – The Sharks Penalty Killers went a perfect 3-for-3 when short handed and the Power Play unit went 1-for-3 with the man advantage.  The Sharks have now scored a Power Play goal in 10 of their last 11 games.

Sharks Team – This was the most complete game the Sharks have played all season as they registered a season high 52 shots on goal and had 13 skaters record a point {Jason Demers, Andrew Desjardins, Torrey Mitchell, Murray and Niclas Wallin went scoreless}.  With the win, the Sharks officially clinched a playoff spot in the Western Conference, remain in first place of the Pacific Division with 99 points, four ahead of the second place Phoenix Coyotes, and finally surpassed the Detroit Red Wings for the second overall seed in the Western Conference.

MISSES

Penalties – About the only thing that could put a blemish on this effort was the string of three consecutive penalties the Sharks took in the second period.  Even though the penalties didn’t come back to haunt the Sharks on the scoreboard, the Sharks don’t want to be flirting with danger like that once the playoffs start.

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About Jon Allred

Life long San Jose and Worcester Sharks fan that bleeds teal and black.

Posted on March 31, 2011, in Sports and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. What an amazing game! They came off the 4 day rest and showed just how much better they are than the Stars. It was great to see the Sharks dominate in every aspect of the game. Now if only every game could be like this one. Hehe! 😀

  2. It’s nice to see the sharks blanking the other team in a game. Also, from what I’ve seen (as usual, not the whole match), our defense seems to start working more solidly than before. Could Murray be the new Blake?

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