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Sharks rally from 2-0 deficit in 3rd to win Game 5
5/2/08 - by Mike Lee

If the Sharks were to somehow comeback from the 3-game-to-none deficit that they dug for themselves, Friday night's 3-2 comeback win in overtime will go down as the miracle on Santa Clara Street. Trailing by 2 goals entering the 3rd period, the Sharks rallied to stun the Dallas Stars and send the series back to Texas for a Game 6 on Sunday. Joe Pavelski scored the biggest goal of his career just 1:05 into the extra session to send the sellout HP Pavilion crowd into a frenzy.

Pavelski intercepted a clearing attempt by Stars winger Antti Miettinen along the left wing boards, then cut across the slot and whipped a shot past goaltender Marty Turco. Miettinen was forced to move the puck after Pavelski and Patrick Marleau pressured the Stars behind the Dallas net.

As the puck sailed into the net, Marleau thrust his arms into the air and pounced on Pavelski along the glass. The crowd erupted as the entire Sharks bench mobbed the centerman.

Pavelski's goal seemed like the least possible ending to a game that was dominated by the Stars for the first two periods. After a Christian Ehrhoff shot clanked off the crossbar 4 minutes into the contest, the Sharks generated few scoring chance for the next 36 minutes.

Dallas converted on one of four power play opportunities at 6:14 of the 2nd period, after Ehrhoff was sent off for lifting the puck over the glass. Sergei Zubov setup Jiri Lehtinen with a centering pass from the left corner as the Stars right wing broke toward the net.

The Stars appeared to take a 2-0 lead with 4 minutes remaining in the period when Stars captain Brendan Morrow and Sharks defenseman Matt Carle locked up in front of the Sharks net. A pass to the top of the crease deflected off Morrow and into the net, but the goal was overturned. It was ruled that Morrow deflected the puck with his skate while making a kicking motion.

Morrow would overcome the call and bag his 6th goal of the season with 55.3 seconds remaining in the period after one-timing a Brad Richards pass past Evgeni Nabokov from the left dot. The Sharks defense was caught chasing the puck, rather than positioning against the late charge.

With their season on the line, the Sharks came out flying in an attempt to get the crowd back into the game. Patrick Marleau split two Stars defenders at the Dallas blueline and raced right in on net with the partial breakaway. Turco turned aside the scoring chance with a nifty move to his left to snuff Marleau.

Morrow would have another goal overturned after referee Mike Leggo ruled that Morrow deflected the goal with his glove. Replays clearly showed that the puck was punched into the goal.

San Jose would start the comeback at 6:20 when Milan Michalek scored his 4th goal of the series on a wraparound feed from Joe Thornton. Jonathan Cheechoo kept the forecheck alive with a hit on the Stars end boards, allowing Thornton to grab the puck and whip a pass around the right post to Michalek who was cutting in on net on the far post.

As the crowd started to get into the game, the Sharks confidence started to swell. Brian Campbell gave the crowd a reason to celebrate when he pumped a shot past Turco to knot the game at 2-2. Jeremy Roenick setup Campbell with a 60-foot pass from deep in the Sharks zone. Campbell collected the puck, skated right up the gut, then sent the puck diagonally on net catching the back of the net up high.

Richards tried preventing overtime with a shot from the high slot that Nabokov snagged with his love hand.

Once the harks got to overtime, they applied some learning from their first two overtime games in the series by pressing the matter early in the extra frame.


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1 2 3 OT T
DAL 0 2 0 0 2
SJ 0 0 2 1 3
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, DAL, Lehtinen 4 (Zubov, Modano), 6:14, (pp). 2, DAL, Morrow 6 (Richards, Miettinen), 19:04, (pp).
3rd period - 3, SJ, Michalek 4 (Thornton, Cheechoo), 6:20. 4, SJ, Campbell 1 (Roenick, Ehrhoff), 11:07.
Overtime - 5, SJ, Pavelski 5 (unassisted), 1:05.
1st period - Robidas, DAL (holding), 5:50; Grossman, DAL (holding), 15:57; Brown, SJ (hooking), 19:14.
2nd period - Ehrhoff, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 5:38; Norstrom, DAL (hooking), 10:04.
3rd period - Ehrhoff, SJ (tripping), 3:57; Rivet, SJ (holding), 7:32.
Shots Saves
DAL - Turco 22 19
SJ - Nabokov 26 24
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
DAL 7 8 11 0 26
SJ 7 5 9 1 22
Power Play Conversion
DAL 1 of 4
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
Brian Campbell
Patrick Marleau
Referees: Devorski, Leggo. Linesmen: Heyer, Lazarowich..

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