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San Jose Sharks 3, Dallas Stars 3 FINAL OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:49 AM

Associated Press

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San Jose Sharks 3, Dallas Stars 3 FINAL OT
San Jose Sharks 3, Dallas Stars 3

DALLAS (AP) _ A third-period turnaround earned the San Jose Sharks a precious point in their Pacific Division race with the Dallas Stars.

Jonathan Cheechoo scored twice in the final 1:37 of regulation, including the tying goal with 34 seconds left, as the Sharks rallied for a 3-3 tie with the Stars on Tuesday night.

Jason Arnott had two goals for the Stars, who were on the verge of closing within a point of first-place San Jose in the division. Dallas held a three-goal lead until its late collapse.

The Stars are usually a lock to win when they lead after two periods. They are 59-0-8 over the past two seasons when they take a lead into the final period.

``It was pretty tough being down 3-0, especially against these guys,'' Cheechoo said. ``We're battling for the top spot and we needed a better effort. We turned up the heat in the third. It was huge for us to salvage a point.''

The Stars lost the aggressiveness that got them the lead and were outshot in the third period 12-3. Dallas was guilty of several late turnovers, including one by defenseman Chris Therien that led to Cheechoo's tying goal.

``The urgency was gone,'' Stars right wing Bill Guerin said. ``The turnovers were big.''

Stars goaltender Marty Turco was 6:03 away from his 20th career shutout and third blanking of the Sharks this season when Nils Ekman scored a short-handed goal for the Sharks.

``Ekman had a nice goal,'' Cheechoo said. ``I think that's where it all started. That's where the momentum changed and we fed off of it.''

Cheechoo narrowed the Dallas advantage to 3-2, scoring from the right circle with 1:37 left.

With goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on the bench for a sixth attacker, Cheechoo tied it at 19:26, converting Scott Thornton's centering pass from the right boards through Turco's pads for Cheechoo's 23nd goal of the season.

``We threw away two points, but there's still games left and we've got to learn from our mistakes tonight and move on,'' Arnott said. ``We definitely screwed up and we know it.''

Dallas was able to extend its franchise record home unbeaten streak to 15 games (11-0-4), but the Stars stayed three points behind the Sharks in the division.

``This feels like a loss,'' Guerin said. ``What a way to give away points. It's brutal.''

Turco, who had won his first seven starts against the Sharks, finished with 24 saves.

The Stars are 13-4-3 in their last 20 games against the Sharks, 3-1-1 this season.

San Jose has 10 games left, one more than Dallas.

``It's ours to win,'' Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. ``We just have to go and win it.

The teams have one more regular-season meeting on March 28 in San Jose.

The Stars continued the longest home unbeaten streak in the NHL since the Detroit Red Wings put together a 19-game run from Dec. 31, 2000 to April 7, 2001. Dallas' last home loss was Jan. 10 against Colorado.

Nabokov had 18 saves for the Sharks, 9-4-1-1 in their last 15 games.

Arnott scored on a one-timer from the slot off a centering feed from Guerin to get Dallas started at 9:54 of the first period.

Sergei Zubov added a power-play goal on a slap shot from the left point that got past a screened Nabokov at 14:59 of the opening period.

Arnott made it 3-0 at 13:49 of the second period, seven seconds into a power play, scoring his 19th on a rebound of Valeri Bure's shot.

scoring summary
1st Period
Jason Arnott (18) ASST: Bill Guerin (28), Richard Matvichuk (18)
1 - 0 DAL
PPG - Sergei Zubov (7) ASST: Mike Modano (25), Brenden Morrow (23)
2 - 0 DAL
2nd Period
PPG - Jason Arnott (19) ASST: Valeri Bure (27), Bill Guerin (29)
3 - 0 DAL
3rd Period
SHG - Nisse Ekman (19) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 DAL
Jonathan Cheechoo (22) ASST: Tom Preissing (13), Kyle McLaren (20)
3 - 2 DAL
Jonathan Cheechoo (23) ASST: Scott Thornton (14), Brad Stuart (26)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
penalty summary
1st Period
Marty Turco  Interference
Kyle McLaren  Interference
2nd Period
Philippe Boucher  Slashing
Vincent Damphousse  Hi-sticking
Pierre Turgeon  Hi-sticking
Kyle McLaren  Tripping
Mike Modano  Holding - Obstruction
3rd Period
Steve Ott  Charging
Scott Thornton  Roughing
OT Period
Richard Matvichuk  Hooking - Obstruction
Patrick Marleau  Diving
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 21TOI: 64:02
Saves: 18EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
Marty Turco
Marty Turco
SA: 27TOI: 65:00
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 2PP: 5 - 5
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