Ryane Clowe had plenty to celebrate. He played his first game since a facial fracture two weeks ago and scored a goal. Even better, his father was among the sellout crowd.
''I looked up and saw him pumping his fists,'' Clowe said. ''He seemed to be having a good time.''
Clowe and four others scored in helping the San Jose Sharks win their third straight, beating the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Thursday night.
Several of the Sharks played in front of their fathers, who were seated in a luxury suite and were shown, beers in hand, on the big screen every time the Sharks scored.
Michal Handzus, Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks, who beat the Stars for the fifth straight time.
''We all enjoy having our fathers here,'' Thornton said. ''They all turn into kids when they are at the rink.''
Clowe scored with 8:26 remaining. He has eight goals and 23 points against the Stars, his most against any team.
''I felt stronger as the game went on,'' he said. ''...