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GAME: Dallas Stars (9-6-1) at San Jose Sharks (8-7-1).

TIME: Saturday, 10:30 p.m. EST.

The Dallas Stars look to avenge their only overtime loss of the season when they visit the San Jose Sharks.

In Dallas on Oct. 26, the Stars led the entire third period until the Sharks' Marco Sturm scored the tying goal with 38 seconds remaining. Patrick Marleau scored in overtime to give San Jose a 5-4 win.

"There's no excuse to give away games like that, especially division games," Stars coach Dave Tippett said.

That game is Dallas' only loss when finishing tied through three periods. The Stars won at Calgary in overtime on Oct. 13 and won in a shootout at Colorado last Saturday.

The last meeting between these teams also marked Stars goaltender Marty Turco's first loss in nine career starts against the Sharks. He's 4-0 with a 1.25 goals-against average and .950 save percentage at San Jose.

Turco had won three consecutive starts before matching a season high in goals allowed in a 5-3 loss to Nashville on Thursday.

The Stars allowed four power-play goals in 10 short-handed situations.

"We went in there expecting a good game, but there were a lot of penalties that took away the rhythm," Tippett said. "Without a question this game had as little flow as we have seen all year."

Brenden Morrow and Philippe Boucher scored on the power play, giving the Stars at least one goal with the man advantage in seven consecutive games.

The Stars have scored at least three goals in eight straight, totaling 33 during that span.

Jason Arnott, who has three assists in the last two games, has 40 points and 21 goals against the Sharks in his career - his most against any opponent.

San Jose's victory at Dallas sparked a five-game winning streak, but the Sharks have lost their last two games despite outshooting their opponents 69-48.

In their 5-2 loss at Colorado on Tuesday, the Sharks had a 33-23 advantage in shots, but went 0-for-6 on the power play.

"They capitalized on our mistakes," Sharks defenseman Scott Hannan said.

Marleau has only two goals since scoring the game-winner against the Stars, and has been held without a point the last three games.

The Sharks have activated their all-time leader in wins, goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, from injured reserve and he could be back in net Saturday. Nabokov had been sidelined with an upper body injury since being involved in a collision in San Jose's 4-1 loss to Columbus on Oct. 21.

Rookie Nolan Schaefer has been doing an admirable job in place of Nabokov, going 5-1 with a 1.94 GAA.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 11): Stars - 19 points, 2nd place, 4 PB, Pacific Division. Sharks - 17 points, 4th place (tied), 6 PB, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Stars - Jere Lehtinen, 8 goals; Arnott, 12 assists; Mike Modano and Arnott, 16 points; Steve Ott, 60 PIM. Sharks - Marleau and Jonathan Cheechoo, 7 goals; Marleau, 9 assists and 16 points; Mark Smith, 32 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 11): Stars - Power play: 17.1 percent (17 for 99), 18th in NHL. Penalty killing: 81.5 percent (84 for 103), 16th (tied). Sharks - Power play: 13.0 percent (14 for 107), 26th. Penalty killing: 82.1 percent (69 for 84), 14th.

GOALTENDERS: Stars - Turco (7-5-1, 1 SO, 3.09 GAA); Johan Hedberg (2-1-0, 0, 3.90). Sharks - Nabokov (3-2-1, 0, 3.52); Schaefer (5-1-0, 1, 1.94).

SEASON SERIES: Sharks, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 26; Sharks, 5-4, OT. At Dallas, Sturm, Marleau and Cheechoo all had a goal and an assist for San Jose. Jussi Jokinen scored twice and Lehtinen had three points for the Stars.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Stars - 4-2-0 on the road; Sharks - 4-1-0 at home.

Associated Press
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