The Dallas Stars ended their three game home stand on a high note as they defeated divisional rivals, San Jose Sharks 3-1 and also ended a two game losing streak. Their power play and good goal tending by Cristopher Nilstorp helped the Stars out in the win. They had more energy and outplayed the Sharks as they cashed in opportunities that came to them. Their biggest star was Jamie Benn, who had a goal, an assist and fight to complete the Gordie Howe hat trick.
To begin the first period, both goaltenders Cristopher Nilstorp and Antti Niemi looked sharp as they kept the game at 0-0. The Stars had more energy to the game and clearly outplayed the Sharks, but were unable to take advantage of chances even on the five-on-three power play as they couldn’t cash in.
Joe Thornton and Jamie Benn dropped the mitts in the 2nd period as they tried to fire up the teams as the middle frame was filled with penalties. Vernon Fiddler, who was looking for his first goal of the season, dinged the puck off the crossbar that kept the score at 0-0. While on the power play, Jamie Benn delivered a beautiful pass to Jaromir Jagr in the slot as he puts it home past Niemi to make it 1-0.
With 30 seconds into the third period, Michael Ryder walked into the high slot and fired it in past Niemi to make it 2-0. Then on a five-on-three power play, Joe Thornton who won the faceoff passed it to Patrick Marleau who wristed the puck past Nilstorp that cut the Stars lead to one goal. A scary incident happened as both Tommy Wingels and Philip Larsen went down after crashing into the net as Larsen got the worst of it. Jamie Benn capped off his night with a Gordie Howe hat trick as he wrist shot the puck after getting a beautiful pass by Brenden Morrow for a 3-1 lead.
The next game for the Dallas Stars is Monday when they face the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena for a 730pm start.
Stars: J. Jagr (PPG, 19:02 – 2nd), M. Ryder (PPG 00:30-3rd), J. Benn (17:49-3rd)
Sharks: P. Marleau (PPG, 02:19-3rd)
Stars: C. Nilstorp stopped 31 out of the 32 shots he faced.
Sharks: A. Niemi stopped 25 out of the 28 shots he faced.
Starting Line Up
Scratches: Matt Fraser
Three Stars of the Game
- Cristopher Nilstorp (Dallas Stars)
- Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars)
- Joe Thornton (San Jose Sharks)