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GAME: San Jose Sharks (8-11-4) at Dallas Stars (15-7-1).

TIME: Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. EST.

As the losses mount, so does the frustration for the San Jose Sharks.

San Jose hopes to snap a nine-game losing streak, its longest in more than a decade, when it visits the Dallas Stars.

The nine-game skid is the longest for the Sharks since they dropped 13 straight late in the 1992-93 season, when it still played at the Cow Palace.

Despite scoring six goals, San Jose's losing streak reached nine (0-6-3) with a 7-6 loss to visiting Detroit on Saturday. The Sharks erupted for six goals after averaging 1.75 goals in the first eight games of the skid.

"It's frustrating. We had the game right there and we let it get away," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "They had 30 shots and managed to score seven times. We shouldn't have lost the game 7-6. I have nothing more to say."

In a game filled with penalties, San Jose scored two power-play goals and added one while shorthanded. The Sharks' power-play unit has recorded at least one power-play goal in five straight games, going 7-for-32 in that span. However, San Jose also allowed Detroit to score three power-play goals.

Sharks center Patrick Marleau had an assist in Saturday's loss, tying him with Jeff Friesen for second in team history with 350 points. Marleau has three goals and three assists during a five-game points streak.

Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov allowed all seven goals Saturday, matching a career high. He has lost five straight decisions since his last win against Chicago on Oct. 15.

While the Sharks continue to struggle, the Stars have been one of the league's best teams this month, winning nine of their last 11 games.

Jere Lehtinen and Antti Miettinen each scored a power-play goal, leading Dallas to a 3-1 victory over Nashville on Saturday.

The Stars have scored at least one power-play goal in 14 straight games, the longest current streak in the NHL.

"Our power play came up with some big goals," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "That was the difference in the game. You have to like that."

Goaltender Marty Turco tied Detroit's Manny Legace for the NHL lead with his 13th win Saturday. Turco has surrendered two goals or fewer in five of his last seven games.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 29): Sharks - 20 points, 5th place, 13 PB, Pacific Division. Stars - 31 points, 2nd place, 2 PB, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Sharks - Marleau, 10 goals, 13 assists and 23 points; Mark Smith, 38 PIM. Stars - Lehtinen, 12 goals; Jason Arnott and Brenden Morrow, 14 assists; Arnott, 24 points; Steve Ott, 64 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 29): Sharks - Power play: 14.4 percent (22 for 152), 24th in NHL. Penalty killing: 80.1 percent (89 for 111), tied for 24th. Stars - Power play: 17.6 percent (28 for 159), tied for 15th. Penalty killing: 82.2 percent (125 for 152), tied for 15th.

GOALTENDERS: Sharks - Nabokov (3-6-4, 0 SO, 3.29 GAA); Nolan Schaefer (5-1-0, 1, 1.94). Stars - Turco (13-6-1, 1, 2.68); Johan Hedberg (2-1-0, 3.90).


LAST MEETING: Nov. 12; Stars, 3-2, SO. At San Jose, Calif., Jussi Jokinen and Sergei Zubov beat Nabokov in a shootout to lift the Stars.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Sharks - 4-8-2 on the road; Stars - 7-5-1 at home.

Associated Press
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