Coming off a high because of a victory against the Blues, the Stars buried themselves in a hole early and lost to the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Sunday at the SAP Center. Piling on 28 shots, Dallas couldn’t use its late-game heroics to pull this one out.
The first period bounces were not in favor of Dallas (34-21-4). The Stars finished the period with 11 shots and 10 hits, but that was not enough to stop the Sharks’ red-hot offense. San Jose (32-19-8) scored only 27 seconds into the game when Joe Pavelski spun and shot the puck top shelf over Ben Bishop’s shoulder. Seven minutes later, Sharks player Melker Karlsson snuck the puck between Bishop’s leg pad and the post. Mikkel Boedker, a Sharks forward, scored two goals in just more than three minutes. Bishop’s night ended, and Kari Lehtonen replaced him. San Jose finished the period leading 4-0.
The Stars had an even weaker second period offensively as they recorded only five shots on Sharks goalie Martin Jones. San Jose forward Justin Braun tipped in his second goal of the year off a shot from Pavelski. The Sharks peppered Lehtonen with 14 shots in the second period. Although San Jose led in giveaways, Dallas couldn’t jump start its offense. The Sharks continued to lead 5-0 at the buzzer.
Showing signs of life, Dallas started the final period strong. Just more than five minutes into the period, Stars forward Gemel Smith had a beautiful give-and-go pass from Brett Ritchie. Smith wristed the shot from the slot to put the Stars on the board. The Stars didn’t stop there as Tyler Pitlick picked up John Klingberg’s rebound and tapped it in for his 11th goal of the year. The Stars attempted to pull Lehtonen and add an extra skater, but they were unsuccessful. Dallas was relentless with 12 shots in the third period, but it was not enough to overcome the three-goal deficit.
The Sharks scored four goals on their first five shot. The Stars couldn’t stop the Sharks’ offense in the first and second periods, but they slowed them down in the third period. Dallas’s Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov were held to zero points. They had minus-3, minus-2 and minus-4 plus/minus ratings, respectively. The Stars take on the Anaheim Ducks in their next tilt at 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Honda Center.