On Saturday the Sharks played the former division leading, now thankful the Ducks are in the same division Stars. For some reason, (maybe that losing streak they're currently on, not scoring for several periods, stepping on a tack, etc), the Stars were in a bad mood.
Hearkening back to seasons past, there was a sense that the Stars really felt like they could boss the Sharks around on the ice with a more physical style of play. While that was a valid tactic 4-5 seasons ago, it doesn't really work so well now. The Sharks finally realized that they were big, and started throwing their weight around like they should be. I guess the Stars like the box this season, and not just because Ott keeps it nice and warm for them.
I was curious to see how Dallas would fare, given that they just got new ownership and are being skippered by a new coach. Turns out that new ownership and a new coach equal alotta time in the box. While ti wasn't all one sided, the game ended with a total of 100 PIM, four miscounducts, 3 fights, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Clowe was the owner of one of those misconducts, getting 10 for chirping. No, seriously. He got 10 for running his mouth at Fiddler, who also got 10. Better watch out fellas, someones feelings might get hurt.
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The Sharks took the early lead, with Burns scoring a PPG, which was likely assisted by his really creepy moustache. It wasn't a strong first, but that goal got the job done.
Teeth chimed in with a lovely PPG to start the second. Apparently this didn't go over too well with Dallas, as two fights occurred in the second. Vandermeer tussled with Kris Barch, which resulted in a draw. Barch apparently wanted to get something going for his team, but all he seemed to get going was Nystrom and McGinn, who also fought. McGinn is a beast. Momentum unchanged, the Sharks scored again, this time with Mystery House netting one at even strength for the 3-0 lead.
McGinn made it a 4-0 game in the third, but that rascally old rule that says the Sharks can't get a shut out took effect in the third, as Riberio got the loan Stars goal to make it a 4-1 game.
Clowe respond to some mistreatment of Jumbo by slashing a wrist, not his own.He got fined $2500 for his actions. I'd prefer he just didn't do something like that. I get being annoyed, but slashing a guy on the wrist on purpose is just stupid.
The Stars coach, none to happy about the loss, referred to his team as whiny babies. That's one way to win over hearts and minds on the bench, coach!
Ah, but the weekend didnt end there! Next up, the Sharks face the Avs.