The Dallas Stars ended their 3-game home stand with a 3-1 win against the San Jose Sharks Saturday night.
Christopher Nilstorp was stellar in net as he stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced en route to his first NHL victory. All well-rounded effort throughout the lineup aided in the Stars win. Jaromir Jagr, Michael Ryder and Jamie Benn scored goals for the Stars and Benn recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick.
Benn dropped the gloves and exchanged punched with San Jose captain Joe Thornton 8:21 into the second period. The fight seemed to elevate an already fast-paced, hard-hitting game into playoff intensity level.
The Stars fed off of the momentum and used it to their advantage on the power play.Benn assisted on the game’s first goal when he made a centering feed to Jagr in front of the crease on a power play with 58 seconds left in the second period.
Ryder opened the 3rd period with an early power play goal of his own. Goligoski held the puck in at the blue line and dished the puck to his right to Ryder. He took a few strides toward the high slot and ripped a wrist shot into the top left corner of the net.
Nearly two minutes later the Sharks were on the power play with a faceoff to the right of Nilstorp. Thornton pointed Patrick Marleau where he wanted him to set up. Thornton then won the faceoff directly to Marleau who simply collected the puck and wristed it past Nilstorp.
Benn sealed the game when he ripped a wrist shot near the top of the circles that went through a lot of bodies and past Antti Niemi with 2:11 left in regulation.
The Stars practice on the power play paid off as they ended the night 2-for-6. The penalty kill was strong again as they ended the night 6-for-7.
The Stars travel to Nashville to face the Predators Monday night, followed by a game in Columbus on Tuesday.