Series (Game 5 of 5)

Dallas leads 5-0

Game 1: Thursday, January 2nd
Game 2: Saturday, January 18th
Game 3: Sunday, February 16th
Game 4: Sunday, March 9th
Game 5: Saturday, March 29th

Stars 4

(43-17-4, 105 pts)

Sharks 3

(28-36-8, 70 pts)

10:30 PM ET, March 29, 2003

SAP Center, San Jose, California

1 2 3 T
DAL 2 1 14
SJ 1 1 13

U. Dahlen (Stars - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

M. Sturm (Sharks - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

J. Lehtinen (Stars - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Review of last goal goes in favor of Dallas

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Upon further review, the San Jose Sharks still can't get the best of the Dallas Stars this season.

Brenden Morrow scored a power-play goal with 2:02 left, and Teemu Selanne's apparent goal as time expired was disallowed as the Stars swept the season series from the Sharks with a 4-3 victory on Saturday night.

In a finish that encapsulated the Sharks' frustrations in their lost season, Dallas held on to first place in the Western Conference -- but only after a five-minute video review that was too inconclusive to overturn referee Mike Leggo's ruling on the ice.

The Sharks had an extra attacker when Selanne skated toward the net and put a shot under Marty Turco's arm. Leggo initially ruled time had expired, but the play went all the way to Toronto for review.

"Yeah, it was a goal," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "I don't know what the confusion is. It's as close as you can get, but the puck was over the line with .1 seconds left."

Both teams stood awkwardly for several minutes as the video review judge called the league office in Toronto for a ruling. The verdict brought cascades of boos from frustrated fans at the Shark Tank, since the puck appeared to cross the goal line at nearly the same moment time expired.

"The video doesn't really support one way or the other," Leggo said. "Our process is to make a decision on the ice, and my decision was to wave off the goal. I thought it didn't cross the line before I heard the horn."

"I can't believe they didn't call that. This is a joke," Selanne said. "Thank God this game didn't mean anything, but this is the NHL. They should at least get the right call."

Jere Lehtinen had a goal and an assist, Ulf Dahlen got his 300th career goal, and Scott Young also scored as the Stars stayed one point ahead of Detroit in the race for home-ice advantage through the conference finals. The Red Wings have 104 points and a game in hand on the Stars, who have 105 points.

Turco made 24 saves for Dallas, which swept the five-game season series against the defending Pacific Division champions. The Stars already have clinched this season's division title, while the Sharks have sunk to last place.

"I was looking the other way, so I don't know," Turco said of Selanne's final shot. "If I'd been looking the right way, I probably would have stopped it. I was definitely curious to find out what the decision was."

The Stars were happy to win, but coach Dave Tippett was displeased by Dallas' defensive play in the final two periods. A lack of concentration nearly cost the Stars a point against their once-mighty division rivals.

"On the bench, I thought it was in the air on its way in, but I couldn't tell what part of the air it was in," Young said. "We'll see how big it is at the end of the year, but right now, it's real big."

Dallas got its final lead by victimizing the NHL's worst penalty-killing team. With Adam Graves in the box for holding, Jason Arnott charged the net and hit Morrow for an easy score.

Selanne ended a 15-game goal-scoring drought with an earlier goal, and Marco Sturm scored two goals _ including the 100th of his career. The Sharks never led while losing for the ninth time in 12 games.

Vesa Toskala, who shut out the Red Wings two days earlier, made 34 saves for San Jose.

Dallas didn't get a minor penalty until 9:33 remained, but the Sharks capitalized on their first power play. Vincent Damphousse slipped behind the net and made a backward pass to Sturm, who tied the game with his career-best 27th goal.

Young got the Stars' first goal just 67 seconds into the game, backhanding a rebound through Damphousse's legs and off Toskala's hip into the net. It was Young's 23rd goal in 42 career games against the Sharks.

The longest scoring slump of Selanne's career ended late in the first period -- though the Finnish Flash didn't exactly earn his 26th goal. His shot ricocheted off Turco and was kicked into the net by the rear skate of Sergei Zubov, who couldn't see the puck.

Game notes
The Stars are 4-3-0-2 in their last nine games. They finish the regular season with home games against Buffalo, Anaheim and Nashville. ... Dahlen and Patrick Marleau both have four-game point streaks. ... Morrow fought San Jose's Jim Fahey in the third period, then went to the locker room briefly before returning to score the game-winner. ... Young has a goal in nine of his last 14 games against the Sharks.

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