GAME: Dallas Stars (40-24-13-1) at San Jose Sharks (40-20-12-6).
TIME: Sunday, 9 p.m. EST.
The San Jose Sharks will look to put a little more distance between
themselves and the Dallas Stars in the hotly contested Pacific Division when
the teams meet at HP Pavilion.
The Sharks beat Phoenix 3-0 on Friday for their third straight win and
seventh in nine games (7-1-1).
San Jose leads second-place Dallas by four points in the Pacific. Both teams
have four games left in the regular season.
"This puts pressure on them a little bit," said Sharks right wing Jonathan
Cheechoo, who scored his ninth goal in nine games in the win over the Coyotes.
"When we meet them, the pressure will be all on them."
Vincent Damphousse had a goal and an assist Friday, and Nils Ekman also
scored for San Jose, which is just one point shy of its franchise record of 99,
set in 2002-03.
Backup goaltender Vesa Toskala, who stopped 30 shots on Friday, praised his
"I was able to see almost every shot," said Toskala, who recorded his
first shutout since March 27, 2003. "I think I was screened only once, and no
rebounds. The team played really good."
The Stars picked up one point Saturday, falling 3-2 to Vancouver in
overtime. The overtime defeat was their first of the season.
Brenden Morrow and Pierre Turgeon scored for Dallas, which was without
suspended starting goalie Marty Turco.
Turco, who leads the league in wins (36) and appearances (72), was serving
the first game of a four-game suspension for hitting Edmonton's Ryan Smyth in
the mouth with his stick.
Turco's backup, Ron Tugnutt, made 27 saves Saturday in just his eighth game
of the season.
Dallas, which is just one point ahead of fifth-place Vancouver in the race
for home-ice in the first round of the playoffs, had its six-game unbeaten
streak (5-0-1) snapped.
The Stars also lost for the first time in 70 games when leading after two
periods, snapping the longest active streak (61-0-8) in the NHL and third
longest in history.
Dallas failed to score at least three goals for the first time in seven
STANDINGS: Stars - 94 points, 2nd place, 4 PB, Pacific Division. Sharks - 98
points, 1st place, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Stars - Bill Guerin, 33 goals and 65 points; Jason Arnott, 36
assists; Steve Ott, 152 PIM. Sharks - Patrick Marleau and Cheechoo, 28 goals;
Ekman and Brad Stuart, 29 assists; Marleau, 56 points; Scott Parker, 101 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 26): Stars - Power play: 16.1 percent (50 for
311), 16th in NHL. Penalty killing: 85.8 percent (248 for 289), 3rd. Sharks -
Power play: 16.8 percent (54 for 322), 12th. Penalty killing: 84.7 percent (261
for 308), 7th.
GOALTENDERS: Stars - Turco (36-21-13, 9 SO, 1.98 GAA); Tugnutt (3-4-0, 1,
2.12). Sharks - Evgeni Nabokov (28-19-8, 8, 2.26); Toskala (12-7-4, 1, 2.02).
SEASON SERIES: Stars, 3-1-1.
LAST MEETING: March 16; Tie, 3-3, OT. At Dallas, Cheechoo scored both of his
goals in the final 1:37 of regulation to force overtime. Arnott scored twice
for the Stars.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Stars - 15-18-5-1 on the road; Sharks - 22-7-7-2 at