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Wingels wings OT winner
Sharks score enough to beat Stars
2/5/14 - By Mike Lee -

Scoring has not exactly been a strength of the San Jose Sharks the past few weeks. Wednesday night was an opportunity to correct that with the Dallas Stars in town. The Stars average almost 3 goals allowed per game, but the Sharks continued to sputter. The good news is the Dallas offense sputtered more. The Sharks put one more puck past the opposing goaltender, the last coming in overtime as San Jose knocked off the visiting Stars 2-1 at SAP Center.

* Tommy Wingels was the guy to send the sellout crowd home with smiles on their faces. Wingels teamed up with Martin Havlat and Scott Hannan on a triangle passing sequence that ended with Wingels lifting the puck inside the right post. Wingels sent a pass to Hannan along the left wings boards before heading to the net. Hannan sent the puck to Havlat outside the left post where defenseman Kevin Connauton came barreling at him. Havlat slid the puck around Stars blueliner to Wingels in the slot for the game winner.

* Havlat finally made a noticeable appearance in a hockey game since returning from his injury, adding to his game winning assist by scoring his 4th goal of the season at 18:06 of the 2nd period. Scott Hannan setup Havlat with shot-pass from the right point, putting the puck right on Havlat's stick as the Sharks centerman cruised down the slot. All Havlat had to do was change the trajectory on the pass, tipping it past Kari Lehtonen for the game's first goal.

* TheSharks came within inches of making a 2-0 game moments after the Havlat goal when a Patrick Marleau shot squeezed past the Starts goaltender and floated toward the goal line. Defenseman Jordie Benn swept the puck clear to keep the Stars within a single goal.

* The Sharks surrendered yet another 3rd period lead, allowing the Stars to tie the game up 6:27 into the final frame. Valeri Nichushkin pumped a Trevor Daley feed home from the slot after Dallas beat the Sharks to loose puck after loose puck in the San Jose zone. Tyler Seguin cycled the puck to Daley near the bottom of the left circle, before Daley split the circles with the primary assist to Nichushkin. The goal was the 12th of the year for the 18 year-old Russian.

* Erik Cole took a slashing penalty at 12:12 of the 3rd period to open the door for the Sharksk to jump back out in front. San Jose did nothing with the man-advantage, continuing with an anemic attack on the power play.

* Cole would head off a second time in the period, but once again the Sharks failed to generate any chance on Lehtonen. The Sharks would finish the period with a season low 2 shots on goal for the entire 20 minute span. Two power plays in the period and they put 2 shots total on net in the frame.

* In the overtime period Brent Burns put a shot on goal on a 2-on-1 break that Lehtonen stopped with a waving glove hand. The missed opportunity would be moot when Wingels ended things a minute later.

* After his big two goal game on Monday night, Matt Nieto followed his career performance up by getting hurt in the 2nd period. The Sharks rookie suffered a lower body injury and did not return, missing the 3rd period. Nieto dove in front of a Trevor Daley slap shot from the blueline that may have caught him in the knee.

* Adam Burish made his season debut after recovering from back surgery. Burish missed the first 57 games of the season. He skated 17 shifts, logging 10:06 of ice time and recording 3 hits, a blocked shot and a single shot on goal.

* Tyler Kennedy missed his 2nd straight game as he nurses an undisclosed injury. Kennedy skated in warm-ups on Monday but failed to answer the bell against Philadelphia.



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Scoring
1 2 3 OT T
DAL 0 0 1 0 1
SJ 0 1 0 1 2
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, SJ, Havlat 4 (Hannan, Sheppard), 18:06.
3rd period - 2, DAL, Nichushkin 12 (Daley, Seguin), 6:27.
Overtime - 3, SJ, Wingels 11 (Havlat, Hannan), 1:52.
Penalties
1st period - Hannan, SJ (hooking), 18:34.
2nd period - Peverley, DAL (holding), 5:10.
3rd period - Cole, DAL (slashing), 12:12; Cole, DAL (tripping), 16:13.
Overtime - None.
 
Goaltending
Shots Saves
DAL - Lehtonen 21 19
SJ - Niemi 20 19
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
DAL 6 8 6 0 20
SJ 9 8 2 2 21
Power Play Conversion
DAL 0 of 1
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Tommy Wingels
Alex Stalock
Martin Havlat
Attendence
17,562
Officials
Referees: Kimmerly, Pochmara. Linesmen: Sharrers, Grandt.
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