San Jose Sharks Fail to Close, Lose in Shootout to Dallas Stars

March 9th, 2012 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks were just 75 seconds away from capturing the best record in the NHL Pacific. It was to be just their fifth win in the last 17 games.

The Dallas Stars were staring their 12th loss in their last 16 home games against their rivals right in the face. It was going to end their eight-game point streak (7-0-1).

Who do you think blinked?

Tomas Vincour's shot crept millimeters across the goal line before it could be snatched back by Antti Niemi. Despite a full two-minute four-on-three power play in overtime, the Sharks could not get the equalizer. (Neither team scored on special teams, with three power plays for San Jose and two for Dallas.)

Once again, they could not finish. They had outplayed Dallas almost the entire game, winning in almost every statistical category: 88-65 in shot attempts, 48-35 in shots on goal (54.5 vs. 53.8 percent making it on goal), plus-two vs. minus-five in giveaway/takeaway differential and 36-28 in faceoffs.

Even in the stats the Sharks appeared to lose—hits (25-32) and blocked shots (13-22)—they really did not: They blocked a higher percentage of the Stars shots (37.1 vs. 3 ...

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