Couture paces Sharks past Stars, 5-2
SAN JOSE, Calif. – All-Star Logan Couture scored a power-play goal to extend his point streak to five games and the San Jose Sharks won their third straight, beating the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Thursday night.
Michal Handzus, Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Ryane Clowe also scored for the Sharks, who beat the Stars for the fifth straight time.
Steve Ott and Jamie Benn scored for the Stars, who have yet to win the second game of back-to-backs this season in nine chances.
Thomas Greiss stopped 19 shots to earn his seventh win for the Sharks. Dallas' Richard Bachman made 32 saves.
Handzus gave the Sharks an early lead, taking a pass from Brent Burns, who skated the puck out from behind the net, and converting at 4:42 of the first period.
Pavelski scored on a power play with 3:38 left in the period to pad the Sharks' lead.
Ott was credited with an unassisted goal during a power play midway through the second period. Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle tried to take the puck away, but he put it into his own net.
The Sharks answered with two goals in the final five minutes of the period. Couture redirected a shot from Burns off the skates of Stars defender Trevor Daley.
San Jose scored less than two minutes later after Pavelski stole a pass and gave Thornton an empty net to shoot at for an easy goal.
Benn made it 4-2 early in the third period when he took advantage of Griess' inability to cover the puck. Clowe, who made his first appearance after missing six games with an injury, scored with 8:26 remaining. He has eight goals and 23 points against the Stars, his most against any team.
NOTES: Sharks G Antti Niemi missed the game because of an injury. The Sharks recalled G Tyson Sexsmith from Worchester of the AHL to be Greiss' backup. ... Sharks D Jason Demers was placed on the injured list to make room for Clowe, who was activated before the game. ... Stars D Nicklaus Grossman was back in the lineup after missing a game due to flulike symptoms. ... San Francisco Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong became the second baseball player to visit the Sharks in two days. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan skated with the Sharks on Wednesday. ... Ott has four points in two games. ... Benn scored for the second straight game since returning from an injury.