Stars 4, Sharks 3, SO
Antti Miettinen also scored in the shootout for the Stars, who set an NHL record with their 10th come-from-behind win after trailing entering the third period—though four of those wins were in shootouts, which didn’t exist before this season.
Dallas improved to an NHL-best 10-0 in shootouts this season, snapping the Sharks’ four-game winning streak. The Stars own their Pacific Division rivals, earning a point in 15 of their last 17 meetings.
Dallas rookie Jussi Jokinen missed on the Stars’ second attempt in the shootout, his first miss in 10 tries in the tiebreaker.
Ville Nieminen and rookies Patrick Rissmiller and Milan Michalek scored for San Jose in a fantastic 79-second flurry late in the second period, with Rissmiller scoring his first NHL goal and Nieminen getting his first goal with the Sharks.
But Modano tied it early in the third period, and Dallas followed up Milan Michalek’s shootout score for San Jose with goals from Modano and Miettinen. When Marty Turco stopped Nils Ekman’s final attempt, the Stars celebrated.
Turco made 25 saves for Dallas, and Vesa Toskala had 18 for San Jose.
San Jose won the first four games of this six-game homestand, which concludes Sunday against Colorado, to move back into the playoff hunt after a disappointing season. Relying heavily on scoring from Jonathan Cheechoo and Joe Thornton, the Sharks have scored at least three goals in each of the last six games.
But the Sharks started with none of their recent vigor, managing just two shots in the first 12 minutes. Dallas went ahead on Lehtinen’s power-play score after Jason Arnott fell and skidded into the San Jose net, drawing unheeded protests from Toskala and the Sharks’ bench.
Kapanen scored on another power play midway through the second period, but the two-goal deficit seemed to spark San Jose. Nieminen, acquired from the New York Rangers shortly before the trade deadline, batted a loose puck over Turco’s head and into the net, capping several minutes of improved play.
Just 32 seconds later, Rissmiller whacked the puck toward the net, where it ricocheted off a Dallas defender and past Turco. Another 47 seconds after that, Michalek raced past Jon Klemm and flipped a backhand over the prone goalie, setting off a wild celebration in the sold-out Shark Tank.
But Modano tied it early in the third with a breakaway goal, his 26th of the season. Neither team could score in overtime, even after Dallas’ Stu Barnes drew a phantom interference call against Jonathan Cheechoo with 42 seconds left.
Dallas RW Bill Guerin missed his second straight game with a broken orbital bone. … Toskala has started five straight games while Evgeni Nabokov is slowed by an abdominal injury. … Lehtinen’s goal was his 30th, reaching that milestone for just the second time in the formerly defense-oriented forward’s career. He should surpass his previous career high of 31 goals, set in 2002-03.