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San Jose 3, Dallas 2
When: 10:30 PM ET, Thursday, December 13, 2018
Where: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
Referees: Jake Brenk, Kevin Pollock
Linesmen: Brandon Gawryletz, Bevan Mills
Attendance: 17185

Timo Meier scored twice as the San Jose Sharks defeated the visiting Dallas Stars 3-2 Thursday night.

It was the second consecutive two-goal game for Meier, who raised his season total to 18 goals. Meier has nine points in five games since returning from a three-game absence caused by an undisclosed injury.

Joe Thornton also scored for San Jose, and Martin Jones made 20 saves as the Sharks earned their third win in a row and their fifth in six games.

Radek Faksa and Miro Heiskanen scored for Dallas, which lost its third straight after winning four in a row. Anton Khudobin stopped 21 shots.

Meier broke a 1-1 tie at 2:50 of the third period on a three-on-one break after defenseman Erik Karlsson broke up a play at the Sharks' blue line. Meier skated through center ice and over the Dallas blue line before sending a pass to Logan Couture. The San Jose center passed the puck right back to Meier, who chipped a rolling puck over Khudobin from the bottom of the right faceoff circle.

Thornton scored what proved to be the winner at 7:56 of the third, making it 3-1. Radim Simek's shot from the top of the left faceoff circle bounced off a defenseman's skate and straight to Thornton at the right faceoff dot. Thornton slapped the puck into a nearly empty net as Khudobin had sprawled to his right to block the original shot.

The Stars made it 3-2 on Heiskanen's goal at 12:24 from the top of the faceoff circles. Heiskanen has three goals and five points in his past five games.

Dallas opened the scoring at 3:35 of the second period as Faksa batted a rebound past Jones after a San Jose turnover deep in its own end.

The Sharks tied it at 16:20 of the middle period off a faceoff win by Couture in the Stars' end of the ice. Brett Burns tipped the puck to Meier, who had circled behind the right faceoff dot, and his shot through a screen beat Khudobin.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Dallas   San Jose
Radek Faksa 1 Points Timo Meier 2
Radek Faksa 1 Goals Timo Meier 2
Jamie Benn 1 Assists Logan Couture 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Anton Khudobin .875 Save Percentage Martin Jones .909
Anton Khudobin 21 Saves Martin Jones 20
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Dallas 22 2 0-0 1-1 2 32
San Jose 24 3 0-1 0-0 0 32
Upcoming Games
  • San Jose will play their next game on the road against Chicago. The Sharks have a W/L % of .438 after a win and .588 after a loss.
  • Dallas will play their next game on the road against Colorado. The Stars have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.