Neither Jason Robertson’s 30th goal of the year nor a 3-0 lead was enough for the Stars to slow the Sharks in San Jose on Wednesday, as the home team rallied for a 5-3 win in the first game in two nights for Dallas.
Steven Lorentz, Nick Bonino, and Timo Meier scored goals to help San Jose come back from being down 3-0 in the second period. The Sharks also got a goal from Logan Couture, and Erik Karlsson had a goal and three assists for the Sharks (14-23-9).
James Reimer made 32 saves on the night for the Sharks, earning his 200th career victory.
WHAT TO KNOW
Robertson’s goal gave the Stars an early 1-0 lead. Ty Dellandrea and Radek Faksa also scored for the Stars, giving the team a 3-0 lead.
At 10:41 of the third period, Karlsson took a pass from Bonino and beat Oettinger for the game-winning goal, his 15th of the season.
Miro Heiskanen notched two assists in the loss for the Stars.
The Sharks scored three goals in 5:37 of the second period to tie the game at 3.
Meier scored his 26th goal of the season when San Jose kept the puck in the offensive zone during a powerplay.
With 35 seconds left, Couture scored an empty net goal to seal the deal.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Stars are 26-13-7 for 59 points, tied for first in the Central with Winnipeg (29-15-1) with 59.
Jake Oettinger stopped 22 shots but allowed four goals. The four tallies by the Sharks on Wednesday are the most goals allowed by Oettinger since December 4, when he allowed four goals against Minnesota. The Stars would lose that contest 6-5 in a shootout. Scott Wedgewood earned the loss in Oettinger’s stead.
WHAT THEY SAID
“That’s how hockey goes, right,” Stars coach Peter DeBoer said. “And especially when you’re at home, and you’re well rested, you know, and hungry for a win … I think on us on the road with a 3-0 lead, That’s on us. It’s not about scoring another goal; it’s about not handing that many.”
“Got away from us a bit there, but I think you know not something usual that happens this team,” said Colin Miller. “We gotta put this one behind us and go and play.”
“We start the first half gotta just stay with it and execute and better harder,” Esa Lindell said of facing the Kings after the Shark’s loss.
The Stars head south to Los Angeles on Thursday, January 19, at 8:30 p.m. CT to face the Kings (25-15-5) at the Crypto.com Arena.
The two teams meet for the third time this season after splitting the first two contests (5-2 Stars in November and 3-2 Kings on January 3).
Dallas is 5-4-1 in the last 10, and Los Angeles is 6-3-1. Each team enters the game having lost its previous game.