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by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks

Dallas takes the contest 3-2 via the shootout.

Round Three
Ryane Clowe is shut down and Dallas wins the shootout 2-1.

Round Two
Brad Richards dingles in and gets one in up high.
Joe Pavelski snipes one in for the Sharks.

Round One
Jamie Benn rips one in on Niemi

Logan Couture can't slide it under the five-hole.  There is a hold up to review if Couture's shot went in.  It looks like it may have crossed as it slid under with the pads, but no conclusive evidence and the no goal ruling stands.

Time for the shootout.

Benn Ferriero runs out of space on the wraparound, but it looked close for a moment.

Vlasic and Heatley have chances for San Jose but four-on-four play continues.

Antti Niemi's glove keeps Stephane Robidas slapped from going top shelf. 

Bonus hockey at HP Pavilion for the second straight game.  Here's hoping the results are the same as well.

Two good chances, but no goal to take the lead.

Steve Ott provides the Sharks with thier first power play of the game.

The PK units did their job and kept the game even with everyone seeming to chip where they could. 

Dan Boyle is sent to the box for hooking and Dallas will use the power play to try and take the third period lead.  They spend their timeout to draw up a stragegy.

Scott Nichol and Torrey Mitchell lined up big back-to-back hits that drew roars from the crowd.

Antii Niemi stoned Tom Wandell on the doorstep seconds into the third period.

A little pushing and shoving as the period closes, but nothing comes of it.  The Sharks and Stars are tied 2-2 after 40 minutes.  San Jose had their way in the faceoff circle that period which helps explain why the period went much better.

It doesn't take long for Dallas to take advantage of the power play and tip one in from out front.  Mike Ribeiro gets credit for the tally.

Dallas will get a late power play as Joe Pavelski goes to the box for hooking.

Sometimes you have to compliment the other team and Brenden Morrow just returned to the ice.  He is a hockey player.  A shield will protect his face from where he was struck by the puck.

Antti Niemi pulls off the save of the game when it looked to be tied as he slid across the crease to prevent an easy tap in.

San Jose just keeps firing at will.  First Patrick Marleau had a shot alone and then Jason Demers sprung Benn Ferriero on a long breakaway.  Both efforts were stopped, but the joint is jumping.

Now San Jose has taken a 2-1 lead.  Two minutes after Joslin's first NHL goal, Ryane Clowe continued his hot streak and tipped one in out front.

Benn Ferriero put the Sharks first strong shot on Andrew Raycroft this period and that was quickly followed by Joe Thornton setting up Patrick Marleau.  Neither scored, but the puck stayed in the zone and Thornton connected with Derek Joslin for the tying tally.  It was Joslin's first career NHL goal and and an important goal in the game.

An athletic save by Antii Niemi on a rebound keeps the Sharks within one.

Beginning the second as the Sharks look to get the offense started.  The whistle had blown for an offsides so it didn't count, but a Ryane Clowe shot did cross the line.  Again legitimate whistle long before the goal.

Dallas has the first period advantage on the scoreboard (1-0), in shots (11-8) and surprisingly in the faceoff circle.

Patrick Marleau has flashed his speed early in the contest and almost scored on the rush cutting in on his defender.

A  Dallas point shot just snuck through and rang off the pipe, a close call for San Jose.  Brenden Morrow took a puck along the boards and unfortunately had to leave the ice as struck him in in the face, leaving a lot of blood on the ice.

Jamie McGinn was just sent to the box for a hit and Dallas gets the first power play.

The Sharks just had their best sustained effort fo the period by posting two shots in close on Raycroft.

Dallas strikes first.  Jamie Benn finds space in the slot and he didn't waste the pass, going to the far corner on Antti Niemi.

Ryane Clowe lays claim to the game's first big hit, a crushing blow into the boards on the forecheck.

The Sharks are out in their all black look for the contest.

The Sharks will send Antti Niemi against Andrew Raycroft if the morning skate holds true. A San Jose victory will vault them into a first place tie with the Stars atop the Pacific Division.

The Sharks will be without Douglas Murray for the contest (upper body).

Still funny to hear Sharks fans not allowing the Stars fans to cheer the word loudly during the national anthem.

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