Sharks takeaways: What we learned from 4-3 loss to Stars

Sharks takeaways: What we learned from 4-3 loss to Stars


The Sharks' Thursday night meeting with the Stars was expected to be tough, but nobody expected how absolutely relentless the pace would be. 

Dallas broke a second-period tie after capitalizing on San Jose’s defensive mishaps and notching two quick goals. Joe Pavelski brought the Sharks within one goal before the second intermission, and Evander Kane got off the schneid when he tied the game in the third frame.

Unfortunately for Team Teal, the Stars snatched back the lead when Devin Shore’s shot took a weird angle past Martin Jones and gave Dallas the 4-3 decision.

Here are three takeaways from Thursday’s game in Texas:

Martin Jones made some of his best saves of the season

The final score of the game -- particularly the two quick goals by Dallas in the second period -- were really unfortunate, given how stellar Jones looked. He made the high-quality saves that many Sharks fans grew accustomed to over the last few seasons.

Jones was particularly dominant when the pace of the game reached ridiculous heights. In a game that speedy, there is a higher chance of making mistakes -- which we saw when the defense got tripped up and Dallas was able to notch two quick goals in the second.

Jones really buckled down after that, as the offense in front of him brought the game to a tie, and he continued to give the Sharks a chance to get back in the game after the Stars took the 4-3 lead by stopping breakaways by Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.

Erik Karlsson is a man on a mission

This marked the second game in a row that the award-winning defenseman was all over the puck. Sure, that’s partly because he’s logging ridiculous minutes every game. But it’s also because he’s launching the puck at the net every chance he gets. At the halfway point of the third period, he led all Sharks with six shots.

There’s been so much discussion regarding how long it has taken for EK65 to adjust to his new team. Although he hasn’t found the back of the net yet, it’s clear the confidence level in his game is reaching new heights. Fear not, fans -- he will find the back of the net. 

Milestone game

You really can’t talk about this game without talking about all the milestones that members of Team Teal reached.

Of course, the big talk of the night was that it was Joe Thornton’s 1,500th career NHL game. As if that wasn’t enough, he notched the secondary assist on Pavelski’s second-period goal to come within one apple of tying Mario Lemieux on the NHL’s all-time assists list. Thornton was so close to notching his 400th goal as well -- if Sharks arch nemesis Anton Khudobin hadn’t been there to make snatch away history.

Brent Burns got in on the action as well with the primary assist on that same goal. Setting up Pavelski earned Burns his 400th career assist.

Sharks vs. Wild live stream: How to watch NHL game online on MyTeams

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Sharks vs. Wild live stream: How to watch NHL game online on MyTeams

As the Sharks head to Minnesota to take on the Wild on Tuesday, a player who once called the Xcel Energy Center home is heating up.

Brent Burns has five points (all assists) in his last three games, while San Jose carries a four-game winning streak into Tuesday night's matchup. Fellow Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson is also heating up, as the Sharks' blue line-led offense is starting to materialize. 

Minnesota, meanwhile, has won two of its last three after a 7-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Dec. 7. The Wild narrowly lost to the Calgary Flames on Saturday, and will wrap up their four-game homestand Tuesday night. 

Here's how you can watch Sharks-Wild live online in the new MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

When: 5:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Dec. 18 (pregame show starts at 4:30 p.m.)
TV Channel: NBC Sports California
Live Stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

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Sharks vs. Wild watch guide: Projected lines and defensive pairs


Sharks vs. Wild watch guide: Projected lines and defensive pairs

The San Jose Sharks will look to make it five in a row as they close out their two-game road trip with a visit to Minnesota to take on the Wild.

Team Teal is coming off of a come-from-behind victory over the Blackhawks in Chicago last Sunday. After Chicago roared out to an early 2-0 lead, San Jose rallied to a 7-3 victory with all but five skaters tallied points in the contest. The Sharks now sit in third place in the Pacific Division, two points behind the Anaheim Ducks and five points behind the Calgary Flames.

Those same Flames beat the Wild 2-1 on Saturday in a fight-heavy contest. Top-scoring Wild defenseman Matt Dumba exchanged punches with Calgary bruiser Matthew Tkachuk just 40 seconds into the game, then didn’t play in the second or third period because he sustained an upper-body injury. It’s a big blow to Minnesota’s depth, which will be tested by a Sharks team coming in with four straight wins.

This is the second time this season the Sharks and the Wild will meet. In their previous meeting in San Jose, the Sharks won 4-3.

Sharks projected lines and pairs:

Evander Kane – Joe Pavelski – Joonas Donskoi
Tomas Hertl – Logan Couture – Timo Meier
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Kevin Labanc
Melker Karlsson – Barclay Goodrow – Lukas Radil

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Radim Simek – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Erik Karlsson

Martin Jones – projected starter
Aaron Dell

Wild projected lines and pairs:

Jordan Greenway – Eric Staal – Mikael Granlund
Zach Parise – Charlie Coyle – Nino Niederreiter
Jason Zucker – Mikko Koivu – Luke Kunin
Marcus Foligno – Joel Eriksson Ek – Erik Fehr

Ryan Suter – Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin – Greg Pateryn
Nick Seeler – Nate Prosser

Devan Dubnyk – projected starter
Alex Stalock