Sharks Vs. Stars: San Jose Furthers Dallas' Woes, Wins 4-1

The San Jose Sharks were coming off a disappointing loss against Phoenix, but were able to fight back when they dominated the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday at the HP Pavilion. For more on the game and the team in general, check out Fear The Fin, SB Nation's Sharks blog.

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Sharks Vs. Stars: Pacific Division Rivals Play First Of Six

The San Jose Sharks are back to their winning ways, serving a beat-down to the Western Conference rival Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, to the tune of a 5-2 win in which five different players scored goals and Marc-Edouard Vlasic has four points (one goal, three assists). San Jose had won five straight before going back-and-forth with wins and losses, then having a two-game streak snapped by the rival Phoenix Coyotes prior to the win over Detroit.

Now, they're hitting the road to take on the Dallas Stars for the first of six meetings between the teams this season. Dallas sits in second place of the Pacific Division, just one place ahead of the Sharks with 22 points (to San Jose's 21), but has played in one more game. The Kings are at the top of the division, but they've played three more games than San Jose, and two more than Dallas, yet only have a one-point lead over the latter and a two-point lead over the former.

Dallas was at the top of the division for some time, but have dropped their last three straight. They've been outscored in their last three games by a margin of 14-3, while the Sharks have outscored opponents in their last three games ... but only by a two-goal margin. This should be a big test for the Sharks despite Dallas' losing streak, as these two teams always play eachother tough. The game is set for 5:00 p.m. pacific and can be seen, as usual, on Comcast SportsNet California.

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Sharks Vs. Red Wings Final Score: San Jose Piles It On, Wins 5-2

Though the San Jose Sharks were out-shot heavily in the first period (17 to 6), they managed to keep the game tied going into the second period with a Joe Pavelski goal to match the goal of Niklas Kronwall less than two minutes prior. At 1-1 coming into the second period, the Sharks started to really pour it on. Joe Thornton, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Torrey Mutchell put the puck past Jimmy Howard in the second period, prompting the Detroit Red Wings to make the switch to backup Ty Conklin.

Brad Winchester would later add an insurance goal in the third period, and the Sharks were able to close out their six-game homestand with a winning record at 4-3 with their 5-2 win over Detroit. The Sharks were coming off a shutout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, while the Red Wings were coming off a loss to the St. Louis Blues, so both teams were working hard to get back into the win column.

Danny Cleary also scored for the Red Wings, with a power play goal late in the third, but the game was already out of reach at that point. The Sharks were out-shot 42-28, but Antti Niemi made 40 saves of 42 shots for a .952 save percentage. Howard finished 17-of-21, giving up four goals, and Conklin surrendered one goal off of seven shots.

Vlasic had four points on the night with one goal and three assists, taking part in all but one San Jose goal. The Sharks will next hit the road to take on the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

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Sharks Vs. Red Wings NHL Preview: Rivals Face Off For Second Time This Season

The San Jose Sharks are coming off a disappointing loss against Phoenix, but should fight back with renewed vigor when the rival Detroit Red Wings visit the HP Pavilion on Tuesday. For more on the game and the team in general, check out Fear The Fin, SB Nation's Sharks blog.

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