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Sharks Rally From 2-Goal Deficit To Beat Stars

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Center Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates a goal against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on March 15, 2011 in Dallas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Center Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates a goal against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on March 15, 2011 in Dallas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (AP) — Ryane Clowe scored the tiebreaker in the opening two minutes of the final period, Torrey Mitchell added an insurance goal 1:40 later, and the San Jose Sharks rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 6-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

Dany Heatley and Joe Thornton had two goals each, including empty-netters in the final 1:08, and Joe Pavelski contributed four assists for the Sharks, 10-2-2 in their last 14 games.

Jamie Benn had a power play goal and two assists, Toby Petersen netted a short-handed goal, and Mike Ribeiro scored at even strength for Dallas.

With the score even at 2, Pavelski stole the puck from Dallas defenseman Jeff Woywitka and passed to Clowe, who was speeding up the middle and beat Kari Lehtonen at 1:51.

Mitchell made it 4-2 at 3:31 off Pavelski’s setup as the Sharks got back on track after Monday night’s 6-3 loss at Chicago.

Benn’s backhander at 8:11 of the third pulled Dallas within a goal.

The Stars went on the power play twice in the final 4:06 but were unable to beat Antti Niemi, who stopped 34 shots in his 26th consecutive start. Niemi allowed four goals on 18 shots against the Blackhawks before he was replaced by Antero Niittymaki in the second period.

Dallas has lost two straight after a 6-0-2 streak.

Ribeiro put the Stars in front at 3:28 of the second period on an outstanding individual effort. Ribeiro skated from behind the net and into the slot, sending a wrister past Niemi.

Less than a minute later, Stars winger Loui Eriksson, the team’s No. 3 scorer with 23 goals, went to the locker room with an upper-body injury from an open-ice check by San Jose’s Douglas Murray and did not return.

Steve Ott of the Stars fought Murray 20 seconds after Eriksson’s injury, and Ott received instigator and misconduct penalties in addition to a matching fighting penalty with Murray.

Petersen notched his second short-handed goal of the season at 5:08 off Benn’s centering pass for a 2-0 lead.

Thornton got the Sharks on the board with a deflection at 6:23 of the second, and Heatley cashed in on a rebound at 12:40 while the Sharks skated 5 on 3 to tie it at 2.

Notes: Dallas forward Adam Burish (lower body) missed his second straight game. … Lehtonen started his 11th consecutive game and played in his 57th game this season. Lehtonen was able to play in only 58 games over the previous two seasons due to injuries. … C Scott Nichol (upper body) and D Kent Huskins (upper body) are out for the Sharks.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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