Series (Game 2 of 5)

Dallas leads 5-0

Game 1: Thursday, January 2nd
Game 2: Saturday, January 18th
Game 3: Sunday, February 16th
Game 4: Sunday, March 9th
Game 5: Saturday, March 29th

Stars 3

(26-10-1, 63 pts)

Sharks 1

(16-19-4, 42 pts)

10:30 PM ET, January 18, 2003

SAP Center, San Jose, California

1 2 3 T
DAL 1 2 03
SJ 0 1 01

J. Arnott (Stars - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

D. Hatcher (Stars - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

J. Cheechoo (Sharks - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Dallas' 10-game streak best in nearly two years

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The Dallas Stars were still sharp despite a lengthy layoff.

 Jason Arnott

Jason Arnott had a goal and an assist as the Stars beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 Saturday night in their first game in a week.

"The body needs a break," Dallas left wing Brenden Morrow said. "We stayed in our groove that we were in."

Scott Young and Morrow also scored for the well-rested Stars, 7-3-2 in their last 12 games against the Sharks.

"With a week off sometimes you can let down," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. "We didn't. We had a solid outing tonight. We got the lead and took their crowd out of it."

The Stars also extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games (8-0-2), their best run in nearly two years.

"Not playing for a couple of days was refreshing for us,'' said Stars goalie Marty Turco, who stopped 31 shots. ``It made us all fresh. We had a little extra jump."

Todd Harvey scored for the Sharks, who fell to 1-5-2 in their last eight games.

"It's been little, tiny mistakes," defenseman Dan McGillis said. "They went for their opportunities and take advantage. When things turn over, a team like Dallas takes it and puts it in."

Right wing Claude Lemieux played his first game for the Stars since being traded by the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday.

Arnott gave the Stars a 1-0 lead with 4:29 remaining in the first period. Pierre Turgeon took a shot from the right side but Sharks defenseman Scott Hannan skated behind goalie Evgeni Nabokov to block the puck. It dribbled to the top of the crease where Arnott had an easy tip into the open left side of the net.

"Our breakaway has been great and it's been going on for the last few games," Turgeon said. "Brenden has been outstanding at it. With a breakaway like that, we're going to win a few games."

Dallas opened a 2-0 lead less than three minutes into the second period. Arnott stole the puck and passed it ahead to Young along the right boards. Young went in alone on Nabokov and punched the puck between the goalie's legs.

"When you have the puck and pass it to them it has nothing to do with physicality," San Jose coach Ron Wilson said. "It has to do with making smart decisions and knowing what you have to do."

The Sharks scored less than two minutes later when McGillis' shot from the point was redirected by Harvey. The puck bounced off Turco's pads and dribbled across the line.

Morrow put the Stars up 3-1 with 11:21 remaining in the second period. Nabokov blocked Rob DiMaio's shot from the right circle but the puck rebounded in front of the crease to Morrow, who tipped the puck past a sliding Nabokov.

"We gave up way too many odd man rushes the other way," Hannan said. "Against a team like that, it's only going to hurt us. They capitalize on the opportunities they get."

Game notes
Nabokov is winless in six games. ... Sharks forwards Owen Nolan and Teemu Selanne have not scored a goal in eight games. ... Turgeon has a point in nine of 12 games against the Sharks. ... The Stars are 20-2-5 when scoring first and 22-1-3 when leading after the second period. ... Dallas had a 13-game unbeaten streak (10-0-3) in March and April of 2001. ... The Sharks are 3-of-49 in power plays the last 13 games.

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