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Sharks lose 5-3 to former goalie Antti Niemi, Stars

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The San Jose Sharks lost a Halloween matinee Saturday 5-3 to the Dallas Stars, coming up short in the first matchup against their former goaltender Antti Niemi. Niemi made 26 saves to get the win, improving to 6-1 on the season.

Quoted on NHL.com, Niemi said, “The most important thing is getting the two points, but it tastes a little better than a normal win.”

The Sharks fell behind early in the game, going down 1-0 just two and a half minutes in when Patrick Sharp netted his fourth goal of the season. Former Shark Jason Demers made it 2-0 a little over seven minutes into the second period, and it looked to be a long afternoon for the Sharks, a team struggling mightily to score goals since the forward Logan Couture hit the injury list with a broken leg.

Then, for the first time in weeks, the Sharks’ power play came to life. The Sharks scored two power play goals in the second, the second by Joel Ward, and coupled with a shorthanded goal by Matt Nieto, went into the second intermission tied up 3-3.

The tie lasted until just 6:27 remained when Stars forward Antoine Rousel got the puck past Sharks’ goaltender Alex Stalock. Rousel’s initial shot came off Stalock’s pads and then deflected in off his own skate. Sharks’ head coach Peter DeBoer challenged the play, but the goal was upheld after a brief review.

With the loss, the Sharks drop to 5-5 on the season, and now sit fourth in the Pacific Division. They won’t have long to stew over the loss, however. Their next game is Sunday afternoon, when they visit the Colorado Avalanche.

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