DALLAS (AP) — Adam Cracknell gave the Dallas Stars three goals from an unexpected source, while San Jose had more trouble getting goals from anybody.
Cracknell’s first hat trick in seven NHL seasons helped Dallas hand the Sharks their fifth straight loss, 6-1 on Friday night.
Cracknell opened the scoring in the first period, capped a three-goal flurry in the second and beat goalie Aaron Dell on a short-handed breakaway in the third for his career-high 10th goal of the season.
After the second goal, he said, “I was trying not to think about it. It’s like trying to pitch a perfect game, and everybody keeps bringing it up. They know I don’t score that many goals. I guess to get that reaction from my teammates meant the most.”
The Sharks fell into a first-place tie with Anaheim in the Pacific Division. San Jose has been outscored 16-5 during the stretch.