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NHL: San Jose 3, Dallas 2

April 24, 2013 at 1:22 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 24 (UPI) -- Two quick third-period goals Tuesday put the San Jose Sharks into the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Dallas Stars.

Joe Pavelski deflected a blazing one-timer off the stick of Brad Stuart into the net at 14:23 of the third period to tie the score 2-2, and Logan Couture followed 30 seconds later with a wrist shot that decided the game.

Raffi Torres also scored for the Sharks, who raised their point total to 57 and moved into a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference with the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.

Antti Niemi notched 24 saves for the Sharks, who won their fourth game in their last five starts.

Loui Eriksson and Antoine Roussel scored for the Stars, who lost their third in a row. Kari Lehtonen allowed three goals on 37 shots.

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