The period started with Alexander Koroyluk (SJ) took a one-time feed from Vincent Damphouse (SJ) that Marty Turco (DAL) attempted to glove, but the puck fell to the ice and rolled behind him, hitting the post before he could recover it. The score remained 0-0. Moments later, Vincent Damphousse (SJ) skated around the Stars' defense, took the puck across the crease and buried a shot around a diving Marty Turco to give the Sharks an opening 1-0 lead.
Marty Turco (DAL) then immediately redeemed himself with an incredible extension save on a one-time attempt from Mike Rathje (SJ) to keep the deficit at only 1-0. The Sharks' captain Patrick Marleau (SJ) exhibited an incredible display of puck protection before threading the needle to Marco Sturm (SJ) for a one-time shot that found the roof of the net and gave the Sharks an early 2-0 lead, reminiscent of Game 1. On the heels of their ignominious efforts, the Stars found their puck possession game in the Sharks' zone, but failed to register any serious challenge to the acrobatics and positioning of Evgeni Nabokov (SJ) One late opportunity came when Jere Lehtinen (DAL) found his way alone in front of Nabokov, but what may have been a scoring chance morphed into another routine save for the confident Sharks' goaltender. The Sharks outshot the Stars 8-4 in the 1st period and took their 2-0 lead into the 1st intermission.
Mike Ricci's (SJ) early period scoring chance against Marty Turco (DAL) was obstinately rendered futile, and at the other end of the ice Scott Young (DAL) unleashed a shot and a follow-up rebound attempt that Evgeni Nabokov (SJ) snuffed out.
Pierre Turgeon (DAL) then took a feed in the slot from Sergei Zubov (DAL) and backhanded a one-timer past the right pad of Eveeni Nabokov to cut the Sharks' lead to 2-1, again reminiscent of Game 1. Both team played conservatively for the majority of the period, with Stu Barnes (DAL) being denied on a backhand scoring chance by Evgeni Nabokov and Teemu Selanne (SJ) being stopped by Marty Turco (DAL). Vincent Damphousse (SJ) then entered the zone and fed Adam Graves (SJ) in the slot for a one-time shot that meeting that beat Marty Turco glove side and gave the Sharks a 3-1 lead. The Stars ended the period with Manny Malhotra (DAL) taking a 2 minute boarding penalty, but the Stars were outshooting the Sharks 16-13 by the 2nd Intermission.
Sergei Zubov (DAL) was denied on a shorthanded breakaway by the right pad of Evgeni Nabokov, and the Alexander Korolyuk (SJ) swept a pass to Marco Sturm (SJ) whose one-timer was incredibly stopped by Marty Turco to maintain the score and end the powerplay for the Sharks. The stingy Stars defense proved valuable in the first half of the period, as the Sharks watched passes broken up, shots blocked and scoring chances denied by a team feeling the brink of elimination. The tense stand-off caused several big hits and helter skelter chances that could have altered the state of the game. Despite multiple Stars' scoring chances, Evgeni Nabokov stood firm, refusing to be broken even until the final minutes. Marty Turco, at the other end of the ice, was equally strong, until less than a minute left in the game when Adam Graves (SJ) took the puck in the corner near the Stars goal line and snapped a pass to a wide open Teemu Selanne, who easily beat Marty Turco to extend the lead to 4-1 and give the Sharks the victory. The following players were selected as the three stars of the game:
3) Marco Sturm (SJ) Registered 1 Goal, 0 Assists and +1
2) Vincent Damphousse (SJ) Registered 1 Goal, 2 Assists and +2
1) Evgeni Nabokov (SJ) Registered 23 saves on 24 Shots (95%)
San Jose Sharks 4
Dallas Stars 1
The Sharks beat the Stars in Dallas to take a 3-0 series lead and extend their unbeaten streak against the Stars this year to 9 games. The Stars will look to continue their season, and the Sharks will look to end it, back at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas for Game 4. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on Sunday, June 14th at 7:00PM Pacific Standard Time.