Dallas coughs up lead with under a minute to go

DALLAS (AP) -- Marco Sturm rescued San Jose from the brink of
another defeat, then Patrick Marleau ended the Sharks' four-game
losing streak with a burst in overtime.

Marleau's breakaway goal 3:20 into overtime lifted San Jose to a
5-4 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.

"We're finally getting some breaks," Marleau said. "The games
in the past, we've been all over teams early, then we've given up a
goal and it deflates the bench. But to battle back is a great
confidence booster."

Dallas took a 4-3 lead into the final minute of regulation but
Sturm's power-play rebound with 19.9 seconds remaining tied it.
Brenden Morrow drew a high-sticking penalty with 38 seconds left to
give the Sharks a power play, and San Jose pulled goaltender Nolan
Schaefer to make it a 6-on-4 skating advantage.

"Everybody on the ice did something to get that tying goal,"
Marleau said.

The Stars thought they'd scored the winner 20 seconds into the
five-minute overtime on Morrow's rebound, but the goal was
disallowed because it came after referee Kelly Sutherland's

"It was a judgment call by Kelly," Morrow said. "He felt that
someone pushed (Schaefer) into the net before the puck went across
the line, and it couldn't be reviewed."

Sturm set up the winning goal, taking possession off a turnover
from Dallas defenseman Philippe Boucher. Sturm's pass to center ice
ended up on the stick of Marleau, who took the bouncing puck and
went into the Dallas zone alone.

Marleau scored his fifth goal of the season when he beat
goaltender Marty Turco between the pads.

"I had a bad feeling watching (Marleau) with that much room,"
Morrow said.

Marcel Goc, Scott Hannan and Jonathan Cheechoo also had goals
for the Sharks.

Schaefer made 12 saves in his NHL debut, coming on in the second
period in relief of starter Vesa Toskala, who sustained a groin

Rookie Jussi Jokinen scored two second-period goals for Dallas.

Jere Lehtinen added a goal and two assists for Dallas in the
first meeting of the season between the Pacific Division rivals.

Trevor Daley also scored for Dallas. Turco made 36 saves, 18 in
the third period. He had been 7-0-1 against San Jose.

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

Goc notched his first NHL goal on a deflection at 6:27 of the
opening period. Hannan added his first of the season 36 seconds
later to give San Jose a quick 2-0 advantage.

Lehtinen made it 2-1 at 15:09 of the first period with his sixth
goal of the season.

Goc was awarded a penalty shot at 17:22 when Turco threw his
stick at the puck on a breakaway. Goc failed to convert on the
attempt when he fired high on the backhand.

Dallas took a 3-2 lead in the second period when Daley scored
his first of the season and second of his career at 6:40. Jokinen
added his third of the season 32 seconds later to make it 4-2.

"The test was, could we handle the adversity in the second
period and we did," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said.

Toskala, who hurt his groin earlier in the period, exited after
the first Jokinen goal. Jokinen got his fourth of the season at
9:39 of the second period, knocking a rebound past Schaefer.

Cheechoo countered at 10:24 to narrow Dallas' edge to 4-3.
Game notes
Sharks No. 1 goalie Evgeni Nabokov is still out because of
a shoulder injury. ... Stars D Sergei Zubov was back in the lineup
after missing two games due to back spasms. ... San Jose had scored
five goals in its previous four games. ... Turco has stopped four
of the five career penalty shots he's faced.