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Shootout goals lift Stars past Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Jussi Jokinen gives himself a couple of
options in a shootout and makes his choice on his way to the net.

He has had the right decision twice.

Jokinen and Sergei Zubov beat Evgeni Nabokov in a shootout to
give the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on
Saturday night.

"I was pretty confident I was going to get the goal," Jokinen
said of the shot that gave the Stars the advantage. "We have good
shooters with good moves and when Sergei scored first, it made it
easier for me. I always think of two or three options I can use and
I choose as I skate in."

Phillippe Boucher and Jason Arnott scored in regulation to help
the Stars win for the fourth time in five games and avenge an
earlier home overtime loss to the Sharks. Dallas improved to 5-2 on
the road.

"In camp we all talked about how we wanted to improve on the
road to be more like a playoff team," Stars center Matt Modano
said. "We had a great 30 minutes and then we let down. We played
solid in the third period but not enough to win. Considering we're
2-0 doing this, we like [the shootout]."

Steve Bernier and Alyn McCauley scored for the Sharks, who lost
their third straight. Patrick Marleau and Jonathon Cheechoo missed
their shootout attempts.

"They came out and jumped all over us," Cheechoo said. "We
just weren't prepared. In the second period we started to win some
of the smaller battles."

After taking a season-low two shots in the third period, the
Stars sent five shot at Nabokov in overtime.

Boucher scored on a power play to give the Stars a 1-0 lead with
14:06 remaining in the first period. He took a pass from Matt
Modano at the point and fired the puck past Nabokov to extend the
Stars' power-play goal streak to eight games.

Arnott's unassisted goal gave Dallas a 2-0 edge with 6:41 left
in the first. Arnott scooped up a loose puck along the boards and
beat Nabokov on a breakaway. San Jose defender Rob Davison
momentarily lost his balance on the play, giving Arnott the edge.

The Stars have won all three games in which Arnott has scored
this year and improved to 18-1-2 in those games since the beginning
of the 2003-04 season.

Nabokov, returning from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for
three weeks, faced 10 shots in the first period.

"I think he might admit he should have gotten those first two
goals," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "He played much better in
the second half and we played well in front of him. We got a point
but we should have win that game. When you have 15 of 18 skaters
working hard that doesn't do it. I need more participants than
spectators. If you want to watch the game spend $75 like everybody
else."

The Sharks tied it with goals in a 1:50 span in the second
period.

Bernier, playing his fourth NHL game, scored his first career
goal on a rebound off Marty Torco's pads with 8:41 left. Mark Smith
took a hard shot from the point that Turco couldn't cover. said

McCauley tied it with a power-play goal with 6:51 left in the
period when he redirected a shot from Patrick Marleau past Turco,
who improved to 8-1-1 in 11 career games against the Sharks.

Game notes
Arnott scored his 22nd career goal against the Sharks, his
most against any team. ... Modano has points in 14 of 17 games this
season. ... The Sharks have scored a power-play goal in eight of
their last 10 games. ... Dallas improved to 2-0 in shootout games,
while San Jose dropped to 1-1.