Sharks Score 3 Goals In Second Period, Defeat Stars
SAN JOSE (CBS / AP) — Ryane Clowe, Brad Winchester and Torrey Mitchell scored in a 6-minute span of the second period to rally the San Jose Sharks past the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Thursday night.
Logan Couture and Jamie McGinn also scored for the Sharks, who had lost four of five.
Mike Ribeiro and Brandon Morrow had goals for Dallas, which opened a season-high, five-game, 10-day trip with its second straight loss.
Antii Niemi made 18 saves for his second win over the Stars this season and sixth in 10 games overall.
Andrew Raycroft fell to 1-7 against the Stars after allowing five goals on 24 shots through two periods. Rookie Richard Bachman replaced Raycroft in the third period, and made 12 saves in his second NHL appearance.
The teams combined for 34 penalty minutes, a handful of scrums, and one misconduct. That was a far cry from the 100 penalty minutes, four misconducts and three fights the last time they met on Nov. 19.
The Sharks, who have a four-game winning streak over the Stars, scored twice in the first 1:22 — just 15 seconds apart. Clowe created an odd-man rush and brought the puck up along the left wing boards. He fed a pass in the middle to Couture, who wristed a shot past Raycroft.
McGinn scored moments later from the side after getting to a rebound.
Ribeiro redirected a shot by Morrow off his chest and into the net to cut the lead in half.
The Stars tied it early in the second period when Morrow, playing for the first time in seven games, scored a power-play goal. He one-timed a nice crossing pass from Ribeiro.
Clowe scored with 8:07 left in the second, with an assist from Joe Thornton. Less than two minutes later, Winchester, in his first game on the top line, redirected in Thornton’s shot.
Mitchell scored with just under three minutes to play in the period, knocking in the puck after it glanced off McGinn’s skate.
NOTES: The Sharks outshot Dallas 14-5 in the second period. … Stars D Mark Fistric began serving a three-game NHL suspension for charging New York Islanders RW Nino Niederreiter. … The Stars were 2-of-30 on power plays before Morrow’s goal. … The Sharks scored five or more goals for the second time this season. … The Sharks scored twice in the first 47 seconds of a game in 1998. … Stars D Alex Goligoski returned after missing 11 games with a thumb injury. D Trevor Daley (back) came back after sitting out three games. … Thornton had two assists, giving him 713 to rank 47th on the NHL career list.
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