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SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California Attendance: 17,562
Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks
- The Stars are 5-1-1 in their last seven games, allowing just nine goals. Dallas has allowed one goal or fewer in five of the seven games. The Stars won 3-1 last night in Phoenix.
- The Sharks are 1-4-0 in their last five games, and have scored just four goals. San Jose is just 1-for-16 (6.3 percent) on the power play over this five-game stretch.
- The Stars are 4-1-1 against the Sharks over the last two seasons. This is the third and final meeting between the Stars and Sharks this season. Each of the first two meetings this season went to a shootout with both teams winning one game. After spending the previous 14 seasons (1998-99 through 2012-13) together in the Pacific Division Dallas (Central) and San Jose (Pacific) are now in different divisions.
- Tyler Seguin has a career-high-tying six-game point streak (done twice before; October 29-November 12, 2011 with Boston & October 5-19, 2013 with Dallas).
- Ray Whitney has a seven-game, point-scoring streak versus the Sharks, the longest active point streak versus San Jose.
- Matthew Nieto tallied his first career multi-goal game versus Philadelphia on Monday night. His multi-goal effort included his first career NHL power-play goal.
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By JEFF BARTL
(AP) -- San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan has been unhappy with a lot more than just his team's inability to score of late.
The Sharks likely will need a much better performance at home Wednesday night to slow the surging Dallas Stars, who are seeking a third straight victory.
San Jose (35-16-6) has dropped four of five following a six-game win streak, scoring just four non-shootout goals in that stretch. After beating Chicago 2-1 in the tiebreaker Saturday, San Jose allowed four third-period goals in Monday's 5-2 loss to Philadelphia.
Antti Niemi was pulled after giving up three scores in the first 3:56 of the third after the Sharks entered the final 20 minutes with a one-goal advantage.
"It's a team-wide issue and, yeah, (Niemi) has to stop some of those," McLellan said. "It's as simple as that. Even in the second period, we weren't the better team. We were playing with fire. It was a matter of time. If we continued to play that way, we were going to get burnt and we did."
Matt Nieto scored twice in the first period, including one on the power play that ended the Sharks' 0-for-16 slump with the man advantage. Things just got worse from there.
"When you get outworked and get outnumbered all over the rink, you're going to lose," McLellan said. "They worked harder than we were in all facets of the game - the goaltender, the blue line, 5-on-5, special teams. They were just the better team. It's disappointing."
San Jose is 6-0-1 in its last seven home meetings with the Stars, who improved to 12-2-2 against the Pacific Division with Tuesday's 3-1 win over Phoenix.
Antoine Roussel scored the go-ahead goal in the third for Dallas (26-21-9), which is 5-1-1 in its last seven.
"We've been playing hard every night, using our speed," said Ryan Garbutt, who assisted on Roussel's goal and added an empty netter. "Everyone has been playing to the best of their abilities and having fun at the same time."
The Stars are looking to head into the Olympic break on a roll while gaining ground in the Western Conference playoff race. They pulled within two points of Vancouver, which holds the conference's final wild-card spot.
"We knew that was one of the biggest games of the year," Roussel said. "We didn't start the way we wanted, but the third period was really good for us and we got away with the win. The last 10 minutes we locked it down and didn't give them much."
Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves Tuesday to end a two-start skid, but Dan Ellis is likely to get the nod against San Jose in the second of a back-to-back set. Ellis, 3-4-0 with a 3.43 goals-against average in seven career starts against the Sharks, blanked Anaheim 2-0 on Saturday in his last start.
Niemi went 6-2-0 with a 1.83 GAA in his previous eight starts prior to Monday's loss, and he could be in net again for this contest. He's 7-2-3 with a 2.05 GAA in his last 12 starts against Dallas.
The first two meetings between these teams have gone to a shootout, with the Sharks and Stars each winning on home ice.
Updated February 5, 2014