Sharks offensive struggles continue in 1-0 loss to StarsThe Mercury News — By Curtis Pashelka The Mercury News
March 20-- DALLAS-The Sharks made a third period push but their recent offensive struggles continued Monday with a 1-0 loss to the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.
The Sharks finished with 30 shots, including 11 in the last 20 minutes, but Curtis McKenzie's goal with 5:06 left in the second stood up as the winner. The Sharks were shut out for the first time since Jan. 14 when they lost 4-0 to the St. Louis Blues.
Aaron Dell made 19 saves, including a handful of the terrific variety, but the Sharks were sent to their third straight loss with a game against the Minnesota Wild coming up on Tuesday.
The Sharks have managed just two goals in three games, and Sharks coach Pete DeBoer did what he could Monday to help spark a stagnant offense.
In place of the injured Jannik Hansen, Tomas Hertl started the game on the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. Hertl, though, was dropped back to center by the midway point of the second period as Patrick Marleau moved from the second line to the first.
With the loss, the Sharks remained four points up on the Anaheim Ducks for first place in the Pacific Division.
The Sharks welcomed David Schlemko back to the lineup after an eight-game absence with a lower body injury. But DeBoer didn't have a choice but to mix up his forward lines as Hansen and Chris Tierney were both scratched.
Hansen was hurt midway through the third period Saturday's game against Anaheim and did not return. DeBoer said earlier Monday that Hansen was feeling better would be doubtful to play against the Stars.
Tierney was out with the flu, according to the Sharks, as he missed his first game this season.
Both Danny O'Regan and Timo Meier, who were recalled from the Barracuda on Sunday, were in the lineup.
O'Regan began the game centering the third line with Mikkel Boedker and Joonas Donskoi on the wings. He was later moved to the fourth line with Marcus Sorensen and Micheal Haley.
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