The Stars have won 10 of 15 in San Jose going back to the 2006-2007 season.
HP Pavilion always seems to pop up on the schedule when the Stars need it the most. They've had some ugly losses there as well and by no means have dominated the Sharks on their home ice, but more than any other building it seems that when the Stars need to focus and summon a great effort after a lousy stretch: There is a trip to the tank to bolster our mood.
Knowing the Stars were without Mike Modano and Marty Turco, both of which often said "I love playing in San Jose", I wondered yesterday if the Tank would be the inviting place it often had been. I forgot that Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro like to play a little hockey in San Jose as well, but mostly I forgot what a cathartic place it can sometimes be for Dallas.
Granted you could probably make a list like this with a few teams in the Western Conference, but the Stars have enjoyed some cathartic moments in the San Jose in recent years...
November 12th, 2009: Stars had lost four of five games but a shootout win at the Shark Tank eases our pain and Stars get points in five of next seven.
December 11th, 2009: Dallas had lost seven of eight shootouts on the season. The cure? A visit to the Shark Tank for another 3-2 shootout win! Afterward players and fans alike remark that they wish all the shootouts could be in SJ.
March 3rd, 2009: The Stars had lost FIVE in a row at home and we were feeling way down in the dumps. Naturally, a trip to San Jose was in order to make things feel alright. 4-1 win for Dallas.
November 7th, 2007: Mike Modano, who had been stressing out about it, ties and then breaks the record for most points by an American born NHL scorer. Thanks, San Jose.
January 17th, 2008: Road weary Dallas had lost three in a row away from Texas, but once again a trip to San Jose allays our fears after a 4-2 win.
January 30th, 2007: Mike Ribeiro snaps a 22 game goal drought and the Stars win, surprise, in a shootout, 3-2.
And with a pretty rough four game stretch behind them including three ugly losses on the road in the Western Conference, the Stars were in need of another "stop the bleeding" performance last night, and lo and behold it came in Northern California in the form of yet another shootout win.
But it's nice to know that San Jose is there when the Stars need them. It's also a good reason to watch out on Thursday night when the Sharks look for a little... retribution. (That was close. I almost made a "Jaws: The Revenge" joke there.)