NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Dallas
(Wednesday, October 26th)
Final Score: San Jose 5, Dallas 4 (OT)
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Patrick Marleau scored a breakaway goal in overtime as the San Jose Sharks upended the Dallas Stars, 5-4, at American Airlines Center.
After a Dallas point shot was stopped by San Jose goaltender Nolan Schaefer, the Sharks cleared the puck out to center ice where Marleau picked it up. He went in on a breakaway and put it through Marty Turco's pads with 1:40 left in overtime to complete San Jose's rally from a 4-2 deficit.
Marco Sturm and Jonathan Cheechoo each had a goal and an assist while Schaefer made 12 saves in relief of Vesa Toskala, who was pulled in the second period, as the Sharks snapped a four-game losing streak. It was Schaefer's first appearance in the NHL.
Marcel Goc and Scott Hannan added goals for San Jose, which won for the first time in Dallas since December 17, 2001. During that time the Sharks had gone 0-5-1 and were outscored 20-6.
The Stars got two goals from Jussi Jokinen, a goal and two assists from Jere Lehtinen, and a goal from Trevor Daley. Dallas rallied from an early two-goal deficit only to see its own two-goal lead slip away.
Marty Turco, who had been undefeated against the Sharks, made 36 saves on the night.
The Sharks got their recent offensive woes worked out quickly in the first period.
San Jose was getting good pressure in the Dallas zone and Kyle McLaren stole an attempted clearing pass by Sergei Zubov. After skating past a sprawled out Dallas player, McLaren sent a shot to the net that was deflected by Goc and it squeezed through Turco's pads to give San Jose the lead 6:27 into the first.
Just 36 seconds later Nicholas Dimitrakos made a centering pass to a charging Hannan. He sent a wrist shot over Turco's glove to give the Sharks an early 2-0 lead.
San Jose had scored just five goals in its previous four games.
The Stars got a goal back after Jon Klemm kept a clearing attempt in. The puck almost crossed the blue line but Klemm tipped it back in to Lehtinen, who sent a wrist shot between Toskala's left pad and the right post to cut the Sharks lead in half.
San Jose had an opportunity to get the two-goal lead back on a penalty shot attempt. Goc was awarded the attempt after he was hooked from behind on a breakaway, but Turco made a stick save and the teams skated into the first intermission with San Jose up 2-1.
Dallas tied the game 6:40 into the second stanza. Brenden Morrow got the puck to Daley, who made a nice move to get past a San Jose defender and sent a backhander between Toskala's right pad and blocker for his first goal of the season.
The Stars got the lead 32 seconds later on a goal by Jokinen. Mike Modano got to the puck along the left boards on a dump in and threw a centering pass to Jokinen, who shot it over Toskala's glove to give the Stars a 3-2 advantage.
That was all for Toskala, who allowed three goals on 10 shots.
It didn't take long for Dallas to welcome Schaefer to the NHL.
Jokinen made it 4-2 after getting a rebound on a Lehtinen attempt and sending a shot that squeezed between Schaefer and the right post just 2:27 into Schaefer's career and 9:39 into the second period.
San Jose was quick to come back and scored just 45 seconds later. Cheechoo got a rebound from his own shot and flicked the puck toward the net from the low right circle to cut the Dallas lead to 4-3.
The Sharks poured it on in the third period, finishing with 19 shots, and finally got the tying goal with just 20 seconds left. On the power play and with the extra attacker, Sturm got a rebound on a Scott Thornton point shot and put it into the open net.
San Jose is 4-1-1 this season when scoring first...Turco was 7-0-1 against the Sharks going into Wednesday...With one more goal Morrow will have 100 for his career...San Jose will conclude its six-game road trip on Friday at Los Angeles...The Stars will host the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.
10/26 23:54:51 ET