Mar 8, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) and center Joe Thornton (19) celebrate the goal by center Joe Pavelski (8) during the third period against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars won 4-3 in the overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

A Start in The Right Direction for Sharks

Last night The Sharks showed us how well they can play. Torrey Mitchell seemed like a man on a mission when he opened the scoring for San Jose to take 1-0 lead early at the 1:07 mark in the games opening period. They managed to keep The Oilers off the scoresheet for almost the entire third period until Ray Whitney fired a bullet like shot past Niemi to tie it up at the 19:10 mark for Edmonton. The Sharks continued to play their game when they drew penalty at the 11:29 mark of the second. Now San Jose has struggled in the Power Play department but that would not be the case with just 7 seconds into it Patrick Marleau found Joe Thornton in the low slot area of the Oilers zone to put the puck into the back of the net putting San Jose up again for the second time of the game. The Sharks were only able to enjoy this lead for a few short minutes when Oilers forward Taylor Hall went on a breakaway with a laser type wristshot passed the low glow side of Niemi to knot the game up again at 2-2. The Sharks went to lockerroom to find an answer to put the Oilers away once and for all. Well they did need the entire third period to find out. The Sharks were on their third Power Play of the game due to delay of game penalty by Linus Omark back at the end of second period. Joe Thornton was in the prime real estate area of the Oilers net when he found Dan Boyle on the high slot and pumped it home while Logan Couture placed himself next the net and deflected it passed Devan Dubnyk to put San Jose up 3-2. That lead would hold up and The Sharks finally snapped their 5 game losing skid. San Jose’s next opponent is the Calgary Flames and are looking build on their win against The Oilers. If San Jose can keep up the intensity they can back home riding a winning streak. As the old saying goes in hockey, “Keep your sticks down and your feet moving.”

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