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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Center Joe Thornton scored in the fifth round of the shootout to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Thornton was the only skater out of 10 shooters between the two teams to score.

San Jose right winger Joe Pavelski tied the game at 4:24 of the third period when he skated across the front of the crease and beat Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen with a backhand shot for this 14th goal of the season. Thornton had a key hold-in at the right point before feeding Pavelski.

The Stars scored the only goal of an opening period that featured a pair of power plays for each team.

One-time Shark left winger Ray Whitney continued to victimize his former team by scoring his fourth goal of the season at 4:48. Whitney flipped a backhand shot from the right circle through the legs of Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart, who in turn screened Alex Stalock as the puck sailed over the goalie's left shoulder.

Whitney extended his streak to scoring in seven straight against San Jose. He has one goal and nine assists in that time. The only active player from the 1991 draft class, Whitney has 35 points in 37 career games against the Sharks.

San Jose, featuring four new forward lines, struggled for chemistry. The Sharks were outshot in each of the first periods. They have been outshot at home only twice in 15 previous games.

The hosts were unable to take advantage of two first-period power plays, and killed two the Stars earned as well.

Dallas, however, scored during a delayed penalty at 4:47 of the middle period when left winger Antoine Roussel squeezed between San Jose defensemen Dan Boyle and Matt Irwin to redirect defenseman Alex Goligoski's pass over Stalock.

An early whistle because the referee lost site of the puck denied Colton Sceviour from scoring with a sweeping shot while on his back minutes later.

Instead of facing a three-goal deficit, the Sharks cut into the deficit when defenseman Jason Demers scored his first goal of the season at 11:47 on San Jose's 19th shot of the game.

NOTES: San Jose general manager Doug Wilson confirmed right winger Tomas Hertl will miss at least one month as a result of his knee-on-knee collision with Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown on Thursday. Wilson said an MRI taken of Hertl's right knee on Friday "revealed something", and the league's leading rookie scorer might need a procedure to determine the extent of damage. It's possible Hertl could miss significantly more than a month of action. ... The Stars came into Saturday's game having beaten the Sharks in four of the last five meetings, including Oct. 17. ... The Sharks conclude their pre-Christmas schedule with a game against visiting Colorado on Monday. The Stars visit Los Angeles on Monday before opening a five-game homestand on Dec. 27. ... LW James Sheppard and D Scott Hannan were healthy scratches for the Sharks while D Dustin Jeffrey, LW Ryan Garbutt and D Maxime Fortunus did not dress for the Stars.
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