Sharks 3, Stars 2 (SO): Captain Joe Thornton scored the lone goal of the shootout in the fifth round as San Jose posted just its third win in nine overall contests (3-5-1) but extended its home winning streak against Dallas to six games.
Defenseman Jason Demers and Joe Pavelski tallied in regulation for San Jose, which extended its home point streak to eight contests (7-0-1). Alex Stalock finished with 44 saves in his first career start at home.
Ray Whitney and Antoine Roussel scored for the Stars, who were denied their first three-game winning streak since mid-November. Kari Lehtonen turned aside 37 shots as Dallas dropped to 7-2-2 against Pacific Division opponents.
After four scoreless rounds of the bonus format, Thornton beat Lehtonen to the stick side with a wrist shot from the slot. Stalock sealed the win by denying Whitney on Dallas' final chance.
It took less than five minutes for Dallas to jump in front as Whitney scored his third goal in as many games 4:48 into the contest. The veteran received a pass from Shawn Horcoff and unleashed a backhander from the left faceoff dot that glanced off Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart's left leg and past Stalock.
Roussel made it 2-0 one second shy of the exact juncture of the second session. Defenseman Alex Goligoski fired a pass from below the right circle into the crease, where it hit Roussel's skate and got by Stalock for his eighth tally.
San Jose halved the deficit seven minutes later on Demers' first of the season. Tyler Kennedy made a perfect set-up pass to the blue-liner, who beat Lehtonen with a one-timer from the right circle. Pavelski forged a tie at 4:24 of the third, moving across the faceoff circle from the right-wing boards and backhanding the puck inside the left post from the hash marks.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Stars D Sergei Gonchar suffered an undisclosed injury midway through the second period and did not return. ... Thornton recorded his 819th career assist on Pavelski's goal, putting him six away from tying Alex Delvecchio for 25th place on the all-time list. ... San Jose learned before the game that rookie C Tomas Hertl would miss at least a month with a right knee injury he sustained on a knee-on-knee hit by Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown on Thursday. Hertl leads all NHL rookies with 15 goals and 25 points.