NHL Game Summary - Dallas at San Jose
(Sunday, March 28th)
Final Score: San Jose 2, Dallas 1 (OT)
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Wayne Primeau scored with 2:04 remaining in overtime to lift the San Jose Sharks over the Dallas Stars, 2-1, in a pivotal clash of the top two teams in the Pacific Division at HP Pavilion.
Nils Ekman also lit the lamp for the Sharks, who increased their division lead over second-place Dallas by five points. Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves for the win that gave San Jose 100 points for the first time in franchise history.
"The 100 points for this team, the way that people expected us to really falter coming into this season, it feels great," Primeau said. "We felt that we had a good overall season. I think we've been peaking all year."
Pierre Turgeon tallied for Dallas, which gained a point by virtue of its overtime loss to increase its margin over Vancouver to two points for the fourth seed in the Western Conference. Ron Tugnutt stopped 29-of-30 shots before Primeau's goal resulted in the second straight overtime loss for the Stars.
The third time proved to be a charm for Primeau, who had two point-blank chances late in regulation, but was denied by Tugnutt. He rushed into the zone with the puck before pulling up in the right circle to unload a wrister past the stick side of Tugnutt.
"There's no better feeling than to win a game like this in overtime," San Jose head coach Ron Wilson said. "I thought the right guy scored, too. He kind of epitomizes our team -- a bunch of guys looking for redemption. I think we've got a little more than redemption, but we've still got a lot of work left."
Primeau had a good scoring chance with 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the third frame on a wrist shot from in close, but Tugnutt squeezed his pads tightly to keep the puck out. It was one of 12 third-period saves for the Dallas goalkeeper.
After a scoreless first period in which the teams combined for 15 shots, Turgeon scored early in the second to stake the Stars to a 1-0 lead. Philippe Boucher collected the puck down by the goal line and quickly sent it out front to Turgeon, who crashed the net to jam the puck past Nabokov.
Ekman netted his 22nd a little more than seven minutes later to knot it back up. He skated across the slot to backhand home a rebound of a shot by Alyn McCauley.
Nabokov saw just one shot in the extra frame, while his teammates registered three shots on the Dallas net.
Stars forward Brenden Morrow took a shot off his right wrist but he remained in the game...Dallas lost 3-2 to Vancouver in overtime on Saturday...The Stars saw their four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1) against San Jose come to an end...The Sharks have won four straight games overall and eight of their last 10 (8-1-1).
03/29 01:06:07 ET