Recap: Stars control the majority of the game, but fail in a 2-1 loss

SAN JOSE, Calif .– The Stars had their chances in the dying minutes, but in the end the verdict was a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Saturday.

It was the third loss in a row for the Stars, who went without a win on their road trip through Vegas, LA and San Jose. The setback dropped Dallas’ record this season to 13-10-2.

They deserved a better fate because the Stars played the game for most of the game. They were all over the Sharks in the first period but failed to beat Sharks goaltender James Reimer, who finished the game with 34 saves on 35 shots.

Star Defender Ryan suter said he believed the team’s five-on-five game had improved a lot from the previous two games against the Golden Knights and Kings, respectively, and that the scoring chances were there despite the lack of goals.

Video: “You must learn from it”

The key now is to translate that into road wins.

“You have to,” Suter said. “You have to learn from it. You have to learn what works and what doesn’t, and take it to the next home game. Come out very desperate.”

Braden Holtby repelled 23 of 25 shots in the loss. His only flaws were goals from Tomas Hertl in the first half and Erik Karlsson in the middle of the period.

Video: “The puck seemed not to have rebounded for us”

Led by two in the third, the Stars rose to the board when Michael raffl got a piece of Jani Hakanpaapoint shot to cut the deficit in half at 8:26 of the third period.

Video: DAL @ SJS: Raffl redirects slap shot from Hakanpaa

The Stars were missing a big chunk of their roster as Roope hintz missed his first game of the season due to an illness unrelated to COVID. Hintz had played every game so far, and his absence forced Stars coach Rick Bowness to juggle the lines.

Video: “This is probably the best road game we’ve played”

Hintz’s usual teammates Joe pavelski and Jason robertson were separated, with Pavelski skating with Jamie benn and Alexander Radulov and Robertson with Raffl and Radek Faksa.

Don’t miss the Stars as they return home to face the St. Louis Blues next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Get your tickets now!

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Kyle shohara is the Digital Manager of and writes about the Stars / NHL. Follow him on twitter @kyleshohara.

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