Sharks Can't Win In Overtime, Can't Sustain Leads

The Sharks played the same exact game two games in a row. Two goal leads, overtime losses, goals taken away from them ... let's hope it's a two-game trend. For more on the game and the team in general, go to Fear The Fin.

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NHL Western Conference Scores And Standings: Of Futility In Shutouts

Recap of Wednesday and Thursday's Western Conference Matchups:

Vancouver Canucks 1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 3. The monkey is off of their back! A decade of oppression and degredation has been nullified as the Penguins finally, after ... oh, it was only four games? Well, that's not all that bad: the Penguins overcame their woes when hosting the Canucks and took the opportunities they had to turn them into wins. Marc-Andre Fleury was almost flawless in the game. The Canucks still sit atop their Northwest Division in the Western Conference with a 10-4-4 record.

St. Louis Blues 3 @ Detroit Red Wings 7. The Blues failed to gain any ground on the stellar Red Wings when they played on Wednesday. With the game tied at three-all, the Red Wings went into beast mode and put up four goals in three minutes, fourteen seconds. Say what? The Blues stay in third place in the Central Division, while the Red Wings extend their lead in the same.

Anaheim Ducks 1 @ Minnesota Wild 2. The Ducks couldn't get it done in overtime, losing to the Wild who are presently red-hot. The Ducks stand at second in the Pacific Division, ahead of the Bay Area's own Sharks, while the Wild inch closer to the second-place Avalanche in the Northwest Division with their 9-6-2 record.

Phoenix Coyotes 3 @ Calgary Flames 1. The Coyotes need these wins, they need 'em bad, and the Pacific Division (that's us, folks) seems to be up for grabs. Wins like this over the Flames help as such. They currently sit just out of last place above the Stars in the division, while Calgary did nothing to improve their own position - the same as the Coyotes - in the Northwestern Division.

Chicago Blackhawks 5 @ Edmonton Oilers 0. Giving up a hat trick and five goals, the Oilers have more questions than answers. They have more stunned silences with shrugged shoulders than any team in the league, as well. Jonathan Toews recorded a hat trick while Marty Turco fell asleep, only to wake up and discover he'd just shut out the Oilers, who sit at the bottom of the Northwest Division. The Blackhawks are slowly creeping up on the Red Wings.

Columbus Blue Jackets 5 @ Los Angeles Kings 3. You can thank the Sharks for the Kings' recent skid, and you can also pray that it will continue. The Kings slipped a bit, but still sit at the top of the Pacific Division. This was their first home loss of the year, and the Blue Jackets, presently fourth in the Central standings, have to feel good going forward, even at 10-6.

Nashville Predators 3 @ Montreal Canadiens 0. Pekka Rinne is an absolute beast, can we get that out there first? Just a great player (albeit inconsistent), making thirty saves en route to his second shutout on the season, the Predators will make baby steps up their division if they can continue play like that.

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Sharks Lose Another One In Overtime

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Mike Ribeiro's second goal of the game and season 2:52 into overtime lifted Dallas to a dramatic 5-4 come-from-behind win over San Jose at American Airlines Center.

Brad Richards added a goal and two assists and James Neal netted a pair of goals, while Kari Lehtonenturned away 35 shots to earn the victory for the Stars, who have won two straight after a three-game skid.

Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski each netted a goal for the Sharks, who also blew a two-goal third period lead and lost in overtime Wednesday night to the Colorado Avalanche.

Antti Niemi stopped 36 shots in defeat for the visitors, who had won four out of five at home before hitting the road.

The Sharks grabbed a 4-2 lead 6 1/2 minutes into the third period when Marleau circled behind the net and emerged on the right doorstep to deposit the rebound of his own shot that originated from the left circle.

San Jose had a goal disallowed less than 1 1/2 minutes later when it was ruled after replay review that Marleau had touched the puck with a high stick.

Dallas tied the score with two goals in a span of 29 seconds late in the game.

Richards fed in front and the puck bounced off the left leg of Neal with 2:35 left in the contest before Ribeiro picked up a loose puck in the crease and flipped it past Niemi with 2:06 to go.

Ribeiro then had a potential game-winner waved off with 36 seconds remaining after the whistle had blown during a scrum in front of the San Jose net.

In the extra session, Brenden Morrow took the puck away from Dan Boyle behind the Sharks net and fed it out in front to Ribeiro, who moved to his right and backhanded a shot over a prone Niemi to win the game.

Richards was involved in both goals that gave the Stars a 2-0 lead 7 1/2 minutes into the contest.

His stuffer at 5:15 started the scoring before his slap shot from the midpoint was tipped home by Neal at 7:30.

The Sharks halved the lead with 1:19 remaining in the period when Scott Nichol split two defenders and beat Lehtonen high to the glove side.

San Jose tied the game just past the midway mark of the middle session when Pavelski picked up a rebound and tucked home a wraparound at 10:21.

The visitors took the lead only 2:16 later when Logan Couture's wrist shot from the left side of the net deflected off a Dallas defenseman past Lehtonen.

Ribeiro's last regular-season goal came on April 2 against Edmonton...He had gone 20 straight games without a goal...Neal broke a seven-game goal drought. Lehtonen earned his second career win over the Sharks...Dallas has won five straight at home. The Stars have won three straight on home ice over the Sharks, who had won eight of the prior 11 as the visitor...Ryane Clowe had two assists for the Sharks, who were 0-for-5 on the power play.

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