Roussel with another game-winner as Stars beat Sharks
DALLAS (AP) — Antoine Roussel broke a third-period tie for the second time in three games, and the Dallas Stars beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 on Saturday.
The game-winners are the only goals this season for Roussel, who also had two assists against San Jose.
John Klingberg’s shot from the right point hit Sharks goalie Alex Stalock’s pads and Roussel’s skate, and the puck trickled across the goal line with 6:23 to play.
Tyler Seguin added a power-play goal into an empty net.
Dallas has won eight of the last nine games, including three in a row at home by a 4-3 score. San Jose has lost five of six.
Patrick Sharp scored the first goal for the Stars, who didn’t trail in the game. Vernon Fiddler had a goal and two assists. Jason Demers added a shorthanded goal and an assist.
For San Jose, Joe Pavelski and Joel Ward scored on the power play, and Matt Nieto had a short-handed goal.
Klingberg had two assists and Antti Niemi made 26 saves for Dallas. Stalock had 21 for the Sharks.
Dallas scored 2:33 into the game. Sharp won a battle for the puck in the neutral zone, passed to Seguin and skated to the net in time to wrist in the rebound of Demers’ shot.
Twelve seconds into San Jose’s second power play of the second period, Demers scored shorthanded by tipping in Roussel’s shot from the left faceoff circle.
The Sharks erased that 2-0 deficit by scoring later in that power play and adding a short-handed goal on a Dallas power play. Joe Pavelski tipped in Brent Burns’ drive from the top of the slot at 8:23, and Matt Nieto took a pass from Tommy Wingels to beat Niemi on a 2-on-1 break at 9:56.
The Stars regained the lead at 15:00 when Vernon Fiddler skated from behind the net and fired the puck past Stalock on the short side.
Ward’s power-play goal on a backhand shot in front of the net tied the game 3-3 at 17:57. The teams combined for five goals on 15 shots in the second.
NOTES: The video board above the ice proclaimed "Sharp Week," in honor of Sharp’s four goals in three games over a five-day stretch. . Ward has been even better, with six goals in his last six games. . Niemi was playing against his former team for the first time. . The Sharks had won five of their previous six against Dallas.
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