The game-changing play in the Stars’ 3-1 win over the Sharks on Saturday at American Airlines Center happened late in the second period on a Dallas power play.
Douglas Murray skated to the corner in pursuit of Jaromir Jagr, who was controlling the puck. Before he got there, though, Dallas’ Jamie Benn came over and made contact with Murray, preventing him from getting a body on Jagr and knocking the stick from Murray’s hands in the process.
Eventually, the puck ended up on Jagr’s tape in front of the net on a pass from Benn, and the wily veteran scored the game’s first goal at 19:02.
“I think I got picked in the corner. I got picked, and lose my stick,” Murray said. “I went to defend a guy, another guy runs right into me, and I lose my stick.”
Unfortunately for Murray and the Sharks, it didn’t end there. The big Swede was issued an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for arguing what he thought was a penalty, and the Stars scored the eventual game-winning goal early in the third period when Michael Ryder whizzed a wrist shot past Antti Niemi from the high slot.
One play. Two goals. And the Sharks’ ninth loss in the last 10 games (1-5-3).
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