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The Dallas Stars hope a game against the stumbling Pacific Division rival San Jose Sharks on Sunday will help them gain at least a point for an eighth consecutive contest.

Dallas (38-21-5) is 4-0-3 over its last seven games, and will look to take advantage of a San Jose club (38-25-2) which has lost a season-high four in a row.

The Stars have also won five of seven meetings with the Sharks entering the last matchup of the regular season between the division rivals.

Dallas' success in the season series and its recent surge have contributed to its three-point lead on San Jose for second place in the division and fifth-place standing in the Western Conference. The Stars have not put together an eight-game point streak since a nine-game run (8-0-1) from Jan. 23-Feb. 9, 2006.

Jussi Jokinen failed to extend Friday's shootout to a fourth round when his attempt missed the net, and the Stars lost 3-2 to Columbus. It was the fourth overtime contest in a six-day span for Dallas, which lost 2-1 in overtime at Florida on Thursday before facing the Blue Jackets at home one night later.

"It took a while for us to get going," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "I think we were still on the plane in the first period."

Mike Modano scored his 497th career goal to halt a personal nine-game drought and move within five goals of Joe Mullen for the most all-time among players born in the United States.

Modano has just two goals in 14 games since missing 23 contests from Dec. 6-Jan. 28 with a hip injury which is still bothering him.

"It's still there, still nagging me so I think it's something I just have to deal with," said Modano, who has 17 goals and 57 points in 63 career games against San Jose. "Some days are good and some days are bad."

Marty Turco, who had 24 saves Friday, appears to have regained his All-Star form with a 3-0-2 mark and 1.34 goals-against average in his last five starts after being pulled in the previous two.

The goaltender has been in net for all seven meetings with the Sharks this season, going 5-2-0 with a 1.77 GAA.

The Sharks hope they can solve Turco and avoid dropping five games in a row for the first time since a 10-game skid Nov. 5-30, 2005.

San Jose put 31 shots on net Friday at Anaheim, but failed to overcome a two-goal first-period deficit and lost 3-1.

"We're not burying our chances," Sharks center Joe Thornton said. "We had our chances, we just didn't bear down."

Defenseman Craig Rivet scored San Jose's lone goal in his debut with the team after being acquired from Montreal last Sunday.

"It's been a month since I've played, I haven't had a lot of time to practice with the team either," said Rivet, who had also been out since Feb. 6 due to pneumonia. "It was nice to get the first game in."

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