Sharks achieve mile­stones; Stars spoil the party

The Tribune (SLO) - - Weather - BY PAUL GACKLE


On a night where Joe Thorn­ton reached a ma­jor mile­stone, and Brent Burns recorded his 400th NHL as­sist, the Dal­las Stars found a way to spoil the party by earn­ing a 4-3 win over the Sharks Thurs­day night.

Thorn­ton, 39, be­came the 19th player to play 1,500 games, a list led by Gordie Howe (1,767), Mark Messier (1,756) and Jaromir Jagr (1733). Among ac­tive play­ers, only Pa­trick Mar­leau (1,590), Thorn­ton’s team­mate for 12 years, has played more.

The Stars took con­trol of the game in the sec­ond, break­ing a 1-1 tie by scor­ing two goals just 45 sec­onds apart. First, Tyler Seguin broke out of a 12-game score­less drought by pick­ing off a D-to-D pass from Bren­den Dil­lon to Erik Karls­son and con­vert­ing it into a goal. Then, Gemel Smith buried a tic-tac-goal from Ja­son Dick­in­son and Miro Heiska­nen af­ter Burns and Melker Karls­son got caught pinch­ing up ice.

Af­ter Evan­der Kane tied it up at 3-3 early in the third by scor­ing his first goal in 12 games, the Stars re­gained the lead at 14:13 when Devin Shore scored his sec­ond, bury­ing the puck into a gap­ing net af­ter a blocked shot trick­led onto his stick 10 feet from the net.

Timo Meier tied Pa­trick Kane, Alexan­der Ovechkin and David Pas­tr­nak for the league lead in goals by scor­ing his 12th with help from Kevin La­banc and Lo­gan Cou­ture in the first. Burns picked up his 400thca­reer as­sist and team­lead­ing 19th point of the sea­son, set­ting up Joe Pavel­ski’s sev­enth goal in the sec­ond. He recorded a sec­ond ap­ple on Evan­der Kane’s game-ty­ing goal. Thorn­ton earned his 1,032nd ca­reer as­sist on the Sharks’ sec­ond goal.


Sharks cen­ter Joe Thorn­ton be­came the 19th player to reach the 1,500-game plateau, a list led by Gordie Howe.

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