The Sharks, coming off their arduous contest against the Colorado Avalanche, looked to best the team that finished 2nd in the Western Conference Standings. Teemu Selanne (SJ) fed Dan McGillis (SJ), whose shot was momentarily lost in the pads of Marty Turco (DAL), and a fortuitous poke by Vincent Damphousse (SJ) gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Moments later, Mike Rathje (SJ) entered the Stars' zone and fed a perfect cross-ice food to rookie sensation Lynn Loyns (SJ), who buried a one-timer to extend the Sharks' lead to 2-0. Bill Guerin (DAL) then took a cross-checking penalty against Kyle McLaren (SJ), and the Sharks went on their first powerplay of the game.
Vincent Damphousse (SJ) failed to convert on a chance, and Manny Malhotra (DAL) shocked everyone when he cut to the Sharks' net and took a pass from Sergei Zubov (DAL) to cut the Sharks' lead to 2-1. It was the second shorthanded goal the Sharks had allowed this postseason (they allowed only one during the entirety of the regular season). Teemu Selanne (SJ) then took the puck from Adam Graves, who took a vicious hit but made the play. Upon Selanne's (SJ) entry to the zone he spotted a streaking Vincent Damphousse (SJ), who Selanne fed for his second goal of the game.
Niko Dimitrakos (SJ) finished his check on Stars' captain Mike Modano (DAL) in the offensive zone and spotted Alyn McCauley (SJ) at the top of the slot for his first goal of the game, giving the Sharks a 4-1 lead early. Stu Barnes (DAL) then had a clear breakaway but was tripped in the Sharks' zone by Scott Hannan (SJ), giving Barnes a penalty shot. Barnes skated in, looked top shelf and snapped a wrist shot high, but Evgeni Nabokov (SJ) stopped it with his blocker to maintain the three goal cushion the Sharks had built. Teemu Selanne (SJ), using reminiscent of his first years with the Winnipeg Jets, broke in alone behind the Stars' defense and wristed a shot that Marty Turco (DAL) originally stopped, but the puck rolled between his 5-hole to extend the Sharks' lead to 5-1, which is how the period ended. The Sharks experienced their largest 1st Period lead since their indefatigable efforts in Game 2 against the Colorado Avalanche, but the Sharks were only outshooting the Stars 10-6 by the 1st Intermission.
Mike Ricci (SJ) won the 2nd Period opening faceoff for San Jose, and Mike Rathje (SJ) moved the puck to Scott Thornton, who got past the Dallas Stars' defense and down to the goal line, turned, and slid a perfectly timed pass to Lynn Loyns (SJ), who roofed his second goal of the game less than one minute into the second period. The Sharks continued their insurmountable pressure as Brad Stuart head-manned a pas to Patrick Marleau (SJ), who broke in alone and backhanded a shot past Marty Turco (DAL) to extend the Sharks' lead to 7-1 and chase Marty Turco (DAL). Ron Tugnutt (DAL) would enter and finish the remainder of the game for the Stars, who appeared all but resigned to defeat.
Adam Graves (SJ) had a breakaway of his own that resulted in a Ron Tugnutt (DAL) save, and Patrick Marealu (SJ) Alexander Korolyuk also unleashed shots that failed to crack the newly minted goalie. Stu Barnes (DAL) took a hooking penalty against Mike Ricci (SJ)and on the ensuing powerplay, Alexander Korolyuk (SJ) took a pass from Marco Sturm (SJ) and roofed a shot to give the Sharks their first goal against Ron Tugnutt (DAL). Marco Sturm (SJ) would go on to take an inexplicable interference penalty against Sergei Zubov (DAL), but Dallas would fail to score on the ensuing powerplay to keep the score at 8-1 for the Sharks, which would continue into the 2nd Intermission.
A benign start to the 3rd p[period saw the Stars open with early chances and the Sharks counter with their own, culminating in a breakaway for Pierre Turgeon (DAL) and reciprocated by a one from Adam Graves (SJ). Graves managed to steer Tugnutt (DAL) into a crouched position and lifted a backhand above his outstretched glove to give the Sharks a 9-1 lead. However, Jere Lehtinen (DAL) responded a few seconds later by taking a shot that was blockered away by Evgeni Nabokov (SJ). The shot bounced back to Lehtinen (DAL) who buried it on the far side to give the Stars their second goal of the game.
Marco Sturm (SJ) broke in on the ensuing faceoff and fed a resplendent pass to Alexander Korolyuk (SJ), who was unable to get past the glove hand of Ron Tugnutt (DAL). Jonathan Cheechoo (SJ) proved to have similar fortunes, as his breakaway too was stuffed by Tugnutt. The Sharks would continue their persistence in releasing shot after shot against Tugnutt, who surprisingly answered their challenges until Brad Stuart carried the puck in and backhanded a shot to give the Sharks a 10-2 lead and victory to take a 1-0 series lead. The Sharks outshot the Stars 31-23 and went 2/2 on the powerplay. The following players were selected as the three stars of the game:
3) Teemu Selanne (SJ) Registered 1 Goal, 2 Assists and +3
2) Patrick Marleau (SJ) Registered 1 Goal, 2 Assists and +1
1) Vincent Damphousse (SJ) Registered 2 Goals, 0 Assists and +2
Dallas Stars 2
San Jose Sharks 10
San Jose Leads Series 1-0
The Sharks overwhelmed Marty Turco and continued their unbeaten streak against the Stars from the regular season to take a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 is scheduled to be broadcast on Friday, June 12th at 7:00PM Pacific Standard Time.