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Associated Press
12/31/2006 10:46:28 PM


DALLAS (AP) - Joe Thornton scored his 200th career goal and added two assists to help the San Jose Sharks snap a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night.

Joe Pavelski, Jonathan Cheechoo and Patrick Marleau also had first-period goals for the Sharks, coming off an 8-0 road loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.

Vesa Toskala made 21 saves for the Sharks, who have 52 points, two more than the Stars, for second place in the Pacific Division.

Sergei Zubov and Niklas Hagman scored for the injury-depleted Stars, who had won four of their previous five.

Out for the Stars were left winger Brenden Morrow (severed tendons in his right wrist), centre Eric Lindros (upper body injury), and their most skilled offensive player, centre Mike Modano (hip flexor/groin injury), who missed his 13th straight game. Dallas is 7-6 since Modano's injury.

Pavelski's rebound at 1:25 of the first period got the Sharks off to a fast start, scoring the Sharks' first goal against Dallas in the last three meetings. Cheechoo's 12th goal on power-play rebound at 5:18 of the opening period made it 2-0.

Zubov's power-play goal got Dallas within 2-1 at 7:17.

But San Jose made it 3-1 on Marleau's power-play rebound for his 17th goal at 9:05 of the opening period as Dallas again failed to clear the front of the net.

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