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Ekman scores on penalty for Sharks' win

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Nils Ekman's penalty-shot strategy
worked to perfection.

Ekman scored what proved to be the winning goal on a penalty
shot to keep the San Jose Sharks undefeated in their last six home
games with a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

Ekman earned the shot with 8:01 left in the second period when
he was hooked by Stars defenseman Jon Klemm on a breakaway. Ekman
found an opening under Tugnutt's right shoulder to make it 2-0.

"I decided beforehand I'd walk over from the right side and
deke a shot between the legs and wait and see what he gave me,"
Ekman said.

Pierre Turgeon scored for the Stars, who lost their third
straight and fell to 1-7 in their last eight games.

Vesa Toskala stopped 15 of 16 shots, just missing his second
career shutout.

"They didn't get many opportunities," San Jose coach Ron
Wilson said. "Our guys are playing so hard it's fun to be around
them. We went at it hard and kept at it. Too many times we've
hooked the fish but let them off the hook. Tonight we landed the
fish."

Not even an admonishment from coach Dave Tippett following
Thursday's loss to the Los Angeles Kings seemed to wake up the
lethargic Stars. The game was more than 11 minutes old before they
attempted their first shot, which came at the end of a power-play
opportunity.

"There's not a lot of flow in our game right now," Tippett
said. "It seems the harder we push right now, the less we get
done. The only way out of it is to keep working."

Patrick Marleau scored a power-play goal about seven minutes
into the game to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Vincent Damphousse got
the puck along the boards behind the net and flipped it out to Niko
Dimitrakos along the right side. Dimitrakos delivered a perfect
cross-ice pass to Marleau, who one-timed it past Tugnutt, making
just his second start of the season.

"It was a great play," Marleau said. "I just slipped out
there from behind the net and got a great pass."

The Stars had killed off 19 consecutive power plays in their
previous six games before allowing the goal.

"I thought they came hard at us early," Tugnutt said.
"Marleau came from behind the net and I didn't know. I would have
liked to get a better read on that one."

Toskala's best save came midway through the second period when
Jere Lehtinen had an open shot from between the circles. Toskala
made a glove save after Lehtinen tried to wrist it by him.

Turgeon, who missed the previous two games with a hip injury,
scored with 4:03 remaining after skating in from the blue line and
wristing it just inside the left post.

Game notes
Sharks D Rob Davison missed the game with a knee injury.
... San Jose LW Marco Sturm missed Friday's practice with an
illness but was in the lineup. ... Sharks G Evgeni Nabokov hopes to
return from a groin injury in time for Wednesday's game in Anaheim.
... Stars C Jason Arnott missed his second game with a sore groin.
... The Sharks lost all five games to the Stars last year. ... The
Sharks have allowed just one power-play goal over their last nine
games in 35 chances.