The Sharks hope to snap a season-high three-game losing streak Sunday and post a rare win against Turco when they visit the Dallas Stars in a Pacific Division matchup.
Hoping to gain a split of its home-and-home series with the last-place Coyotes, San Jose (25-14-0) instead was pounded 8-0 Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.
The Sharks have lost four of five since beating league-leading Anaheim 4-3 on Dec. 16. Saturday’s loss was San Jose’s worst since a 9-1 defeat to Pittsburgh on Nov. 10, 1995.
With his team trailing 5-0 late in the second period, Sharks coach Ron Wilson was ejected after arguing an interference penalty against Joe Thornton. Wilson first earned a bench minor for yelling at referee Mick McGeough and was handed a game misconduct moments later.
“You read abusive language. I never swore once and if Mick McGeough or any of them wants to say I did that, they’re wrong,” Wilson said. “It’s symptomatic of a lot of things. At least I could have gotten my pound of flesh and called them what I really wanted to.”
Evgeni Nabokov started Saturday and allowed three goals on six shots before he was replaced by Vesa Toskala with 4:49 left in the first period. Nabokov had allowed one goal or fewer in six of his previous eight starts.
Slow starts have become an issue for the Sharks, who have surrendered the opening goal in each of their last seven games.
The last three meetings between Dallas and San Jose have resulted in shutouts. Nabokov stopped 32 shots in San Jose’s 2-0 victory on Oct. 17, but Turco and the Stars have recorded shutout wins in the last two matchups.
“We’ve had some great games against them, and I really think we have a great battle going,” Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas said. “We’re a lot alike in that we both play hard, defend well and get good goaltending. Goals are going to be tough to get.”
Turco has stopped 66 of 68 shots in three games this season against San Jose, continuing his lifetime success against the Sharks. In 20 career games versus San Jose, he is 13-3-2 with one tie and a 1.91 goals-against average.
Morrow is out for at least two months after having his wrist run over by a skate blade in a loss Tuesday at Chicago. Modano has missed 12 straight games with hip and groin injuries and isn’t expected to play Sunday, while an upper body injury has prevented the oft-injured Lindros from resuming skating.
Miettinen had gone 10 straight games without a point before recording the first multigoal game of his three-year career Friday.
“What’s made it tough is that I haven’t been playing well overall,” Miettinen said. “It’s a relief. Maybe this will break the shell that’s around me.”