NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Dallas
(Wednesday, November 30th)
Final Score: Dallas 4, San Jose 1
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Sergei Zubov scored a power-play goal for his 400th point as a member of the Stars and Marty Turco made 17 saves as Dallas defeated the San Jose Sharks, 4-1, at American Airlines Center.
The big news came off the ice for San Jose, however, as the Sharks acquired Joe Thornton from the Boston Bruins in a trade.
Antti Miettinen scored on the first penalty shot of his career and both Jaroslav Svoboda and Brenden Morrow tallied goals for the Stars, who have won two straight and seven of their last eight contests.
Alyn McCauley notched the Sharks' lone goal and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 23 of 27 shots for San Jose, which has lost 10 straight games.
The 10-game skid is the longest for the Sharks since they dropped 13 straight late in the 1992-93 season. Help may be on the horizon, however, after the acquisition of Thornton from Boston for forwards Wayne Primeau and Marco Sturm and defenseman Brad Stuart.
"Management told us it was time to make a deal," McCauley said. "It was a shock. Joey is a dominant player and he's going to come in and help us right off the bat. Anytime you can acquire a top caliber player...but it's tough to lose three quality players."
Thornton had nine goals and 24 assists in 23 games this season for the Bruins. The 26-year-old has been named to the All-Star team three times in his career. Thornton is the cousin of Sharks forward Scott Thornton.
"He is one of the top players in the game," Scott Thornton said. "He will contribute on offense like we've never seen."
Dallas got on the scoreboard 5:10 into the contest after Miettinen was awarded a penalty shot. Miettinen beat Nabokov through the five-hole with a wrist shot to give the Stars a 1-0 lead.
The Stars went ahead 2-0 with 2:17 left in the first period after Svoboda beat Nabokov with a wrist shot from the right circle for his first goal of the season.
San Jose cut into Dallas' lead 19 seconds later after Turco mishandled the puck behind his own net. Scott Thornton gathered the loose puck and found McCauley in front of the open net for the score.
Dallas upped its lead to 3-1 while on the power play just under four minutes into the third period after Zubov blasted a slap shot from the high slot through traffic and past Nabokov's stick side. Nabokov was screened in front and never saw the shot.
The Stars extended their lead to 4-1 just over seven minutes later after Morrow finished a 2-on-1 rush with a one-timer from the slot past a sprawling Nabokov. Bill Guerin gained the offensive zone and patiently held the puck until shifting a pass to Morrow at the last moment.
The Sharks did not score on the power play (0-for-5) for the first time in five games...San Jose's Patrick Marleau had his five-game point streak halted...The Stars went 10-3 in November...The Stars have scored at least one power-play goal in 15 straight games, the longest current streak in the NHL.
11/30 23:43:43 ET