Posted April 03, 2012 on AP on Fox

COLUMBUS, OH - JUNE 22: Ninth overall pick Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks poses for a portrait during the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft at Nationwide Arena on June 22, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Logan Couture's power-play goal put his team in front late in the second period after T.J. Galiardi got the tying goal earlier in the period, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 Tuesday night in a matchup of teams fighting for one of the final Western Conference playoff spots. Antti Niemi stopped 29 shots, and Daniel Winnik, Joe Thornton and Ryane Clowe also scored for the Sharks. San Jose improved to 92 points to remain in the conference's top eight, three points better than ninth-place Dallas. Niemi denied Dallas' Jamie Benn on a breakaway with about 5:20 left to preserve his team's lead, and Thornton's 17th goal of the season with 4:50 remaining gave San Jose a two-goal pad. Brenden Morrow and Alex Goligoski had the goals for Dallas, which got 21 saves from Kari Lehtonen. Dallas is in danger of missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season. The Stars were returning from a 1-3-0 road trip that knocked them out of first place in the Pacif...
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