The Sharks came into the key Pacific Division matchup Tuesday night at the American Airlines Center after absorbing a big loss in Chicago and needing to rebound in a big way. Ahead in the Pacific by just three points, the Sharks were also just six points ahead of Nashville at ninth place.
The Dallas Stars, much like the Sharks, are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games and are also coming off a huge loss against the Kings Sunday. They have also lost two straight after going on a big streak. Sound familiar for Sharks fans yet?
Early on, the game seemed to turn against the Sharks, but they rebounded in a huge way against a division opponent and never let up.
Captain Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley had a pair of goals and Joe Pavelski came up huge in response for the Sharks on the road.
With a huge three-game home stand now ahead for the Sharks, they must take care of business against the Wild and Blues before facing the Flames.
Here are the top five keys to the victory and the playoff march.