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Sharks Beat Dallas 5-2, but Need to Improve at Home

SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 08: Jamie McGinn #64 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates with teammates Logan Couture #39 an others on the bench after McGinn scored a goal against the Dallas Stars at HP Pavilion at San Jose on December 8, 2011 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IDecember 9, 2011

I guess Todd McLellan's punishment for the Sharks worked. Or maybe it was the Sharks hatred of the Dallas Stars. Or maybe even both.

The Sharks snapped a two game losing streak with the 5-2 win last night over Dallas. Sure, two losses in a row doesn't sound bad, but in both losses, you could tell the Sharks looked pretty lackluster.

And what's worse is that both losses were at home, to the Florida Panthers and Minnesota Wild

The Sharks are going to need to carry the win over Dallas last night onto the road, where they will take on the Blues, Blackhawks and Avalanche. Then they will return home for a generous six game homestand.

The Sharks are going to need to be successful at home when they return from the road trip. The Sharks are historically a fantastic home team, and in order to capture a high seed, they're going to need to live up to that reputation.

Last night, the Sharks got very good secondary scoring, which is a good sign. The Sharks got goals from Logan Couture, Jamie McGinn, Ryane Clowe, Brad Winchester and Torrey Mitchell.

All the team needs now is for big guns like Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Martin Havlat to start getting back into a groove.

No gripes for Antti Niemi, he's been great as of late. Last night, he stopped 18 of 20 shots in the 5-2 victory.

If the Sharks keep getting good secondary scoring, and if the star players get back to scoring, the Sharks will hopefully please the crowd better.

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