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Stars rally to beat Sharks 5-4 in OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Stars rally to beat Sharks 5-4 in OT
San Jose Sharks 4, Dallas Stars 5

Mike Ribeiro picked a great time to find his scoring touch.

Ribeiro hadn't scored a goal in the Dallas Stars' first 16 games, and was close to going 0-for-17. But after getting the tying goal off a scramble with 2:06 left in regulation, he beat Antti Niemi 2:52 into overtime to give Dallas a stunning 5-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

Brenden Morrow stripped the puck from defenseman Dan Boyle behind the San Jose net and slid it to Ribeiro, who skated across the crease before lifting the puck over Niemi for the winner, extending Dallas' home winning streak to five games.

"I've had some slumps in my career, in the middle of the season, so you don't really feel it -- like if it'd the 40th game of the year, or the 50th, and you don't score, it's not as bad," the 30-year-old center said. "When you go 16 (games) from the beginning of the year, it's a little bit harder. It gets to you. I was a little frustrated the last few games."

Ribeiro's tying goal came 29 seconds after James Neal scored his second goal of the game with 2:35 left in regulation. He thought he'd scored again with 18.4 seconds left in regulation, but the goal was disallowed because the net was off its moorings.

Dallas jumped to a 2-0 lead on goals by Brad Richards and Neal in the first 7:30 of the game. But the Sharks, who lost 4-3 in overtime Wednesday in Colorado and were playing for the third time in four nights, then took control.

Scott Nichol got one goal back at 18:41 of the first period, and goals by Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture 2:26 apart midway through the second period put San Jose ahead.

"Give them credit -- they did a great job of 'unsettling' the game in the second period," Dallas coach Marc Crawford said. "It's a character-builder because we stuck with it -- whether it was sheer guts and determination by a handful of players or collectively, the whole group finding a way, at the end of the day we found a way -- and that is huge for our team."

Patrick Marleau's goal 6:27 into the third period gave the Sharks a 4-2 lead. Marleau put the puck past Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen again at 7:51, but the goal was waved off because officials ruled Marleau had his stick above his shoulder when he knocked the puck into the net.

That paved the way for the Stars' late comeback.

"I think we deserved some bounces," Morrow said. "I think we put the first three in for them -- off our feet, off our sticks. We deserved some breaks. We kept working hard, we stayed with it and we got some bounces.

"We knew this was their third in four (nights), We kept pressuring strong on the forecheck, and it took until the last five minutes of the third (period) before we really started getting some chances."

Though San Jose is 4-0-3 in its last seven games, the Sharks head home for Saturday's game against Columbus after back-to-back overtime losses in which they blew two-goal leads in the third period.

"We've got a mature enough group, a strong enough group, that we should have a little more composure down the stretch," a disappointed San Jose coach Todd McLellan said.

"Two nights in a row is disappointing. But it is what it is. There were a lot of positives. Just the ability to get going again after playing last night and getting in late -- I know every team in the League has to do it. Falling behind wasn't what we planned, but we fought back and I thought we played a pretty solid game. … I thought we played well enough to win both games. Unfortunately, we didn't."

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
05:15
DAL
Brad Richards (9) ASST: James Neal (10), Loui Eriksson (10)
1 - 0 DAL
07:30
DAL
PPG - James Neal (6) ASST: Brad Richards (14), Stephane Robidas (7)
2 - 0 DAL
18:41
SJS
Scott Nichol (3) ASST: Jason Demers (5), Dany Heatley (12)
2 - 1 DAL
2nd Period
10:21
SJS
Joe Pavelski (6) ASST: Dan Boyle (12), Ryane Clowe (11)
2 - 2 Tie
12:37
SJS
Logan Couture (8) ASST: Ryane Clowe (12)
3 - 2 SJS
3rd Period
06:27
SJS
Patrick Marleau (8) ASST: Jamie McGinn (3), Devin Setoguchi (4)
4 - 2 SJS
17:25
DAL
James Neal (7) ASST: Brad Richards (15), Loui Eriksson (11)
4 - 3 SJS
17:54
DAL
Mike Ribeiro (1) ASST: Brenden Morrow (3), Jamie Benn (7)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
02:52
DAL
Mike Ribeiro (2) ASST: Brenden Morrow (4)
5 - 4 DAL
penalty summary
1st Period
07:16
SJS
Derek Joslin  Tripping against  Brenden Morrow
07:51
DAL
Mark Fistric  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Moore
07:51
SJS
Mike Moore  Fighting (maj) against  Mark Fistric
08:28
DAL
Adam Burish  Interference on goalkeeper against  Antti Niemi
12:04
DAL
Brenden Morrow  Tripping against  Patrick Marleau
2nd Period
00:19
SJS
Devin Setoguchi  Fighting (maj) against  Jamie Benn
00:19
DAL
Jamie Benn  Fighting (maj) against  Devin Setoguchi
00:19
DAL
Steve Ott  Slashing against  Joe Thornton
05:40
SJS
Logan Couture  Hooking against  Trevor Daley
11:56
SJS
Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Krys Barch
11:56
DAL
Krys Barch  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
14:14
DAL
Brad Richards  Misconduct (10 min) against  Torrey Mitchell
14:14
SJS
Torrey Mitchell  Misconduct (10 min) against  Brad Richards
15:50
SJS
Joe Pavelski  Hooking against  Steve Ott
18:37
DAL
James Neal  Hi stick - double minor against  Joe Thornton
3rd Period
18:18
SJS
Marc-Edouard Vlasic  Interference against  Brenden Morrow
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Antti Niemi
SA: 41TOI: 62:52
Saves: 36EV: 30 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .878SH: 2 - 2
Kari Lehtonen
SA: 39TOI: 62:52
Saves: 35EV: 22 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .897SH: 3 - 3