SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture scored within 30 seconds of each other in the third period to help the San Jose Sharks rally to a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night, clinching San Jose's spot in the postseason.
Raffi Torres also scored for the Sharks, who have won four of their last five to match the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings for the fourth spot with 57 points. The Sharks play in Los Angeles in the regular season finale Saturday.
Loui Eriksson and Antoine Rousel each scored a goal for the Stars, who lost their second straight to remain in the 10th spot. The Stars still remain alive for a playoff spot, hosting Columbus on Thursday and Detroit on Saturday, the two teams directly in front of them in the standings.
The Sharks avoided a season sweep by the Stars for the first time since the 2002-03 season.
Both goalies were solid most of the night, with Antii Niemi recording 24 saves and Stars' Kari Lehtonen with 34 saves.
Pavelski scored with 5:37 remaining to play, redirecting a Brad Stuart shot after Brent Burns dug it out of the corner. It was Pavelski's 150th career goal.
Couture scored 30 seconds later, taking advantage of a Dallas turnover. Patrick Marleau fed him the puck and Couture found an opening from the left side.
With playoff implications for both teams, the game was played at a frantic pace. The Stars utilized an aggressive forecheck to slow down San Jose while the Sharks got themselves into trouble with too many visits to the penalty box.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was spectacular in the first two periods, stopping 23 of 24 shots, including several from point-blank range.
San Jose struck first, scoring on a power-play breakaway that featured precision passing from Martin Havlat to Scott Gomez to Raffi Torres, who lifted the puck into the top left corner with 7:07 left in the first period.
The Stars scored less than 2 1/2 minutes later to tie the game. Antoine Roussel was on top of a rebound off Niemi's pads and threw it into the net. Cody Eakin took the first shot.
The Sharks rode out a 5-on-3 penalty kill over the final minute of the first period, even getting a chance at a short-handed goal. The shot was blocked by Lehtonen.
Dallas came out of the first intermission charged up and was able to take advantage of its superior numbers to take a 2-1 lead. Loui Eriksson backhanded a rebound past Niemi following Alex Goligoski's long shot.
Roussel scored a goal in his third straight game while Eriksson made it two consecutive games. Ray Whitney has recorded 12 points over his past nine games.
NOTES: Stars rookie forward Alex Chiasson, who has a pair of goals against the Sharks this season, missed his fourth straight contest with a shoulder injury. ... Sharks D Jason Demers missed his second consecutive game with a lower body injury. ... The San Jose chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association nominated F James Sheppard for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Dallas chapter nominated Ray Whitney, who began his career with the Sharks 20 years ago. ... G Antii Niemi was named Sharks' Player of the Year by the Bay Area media. D Matt Irwin was named Sharks' Rookie of the Year and F Patrick Marleau was named Sharks' Fan Favorite.