Stars smother Sharks

DALLAS Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin, of Kazakhstan, watches a goal by San Jose Sharks’ Evander Kane go into the net during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas. AP

DALLAS, Texas — Devin Shore believes in linemate Tyler Seguin — and in the hockey concept of puck luck.

Shore scored his second goal of the game to break a tie, Anton Khudobin tied a season high with 33 saves and the Dallas Stars beat the San Jose Sharks, 4-3, in the National Hockey League Thursday night.

Dillon Heatherington’s shot from the left point went off a defender’s leg to Shore in the left circle, and he beat Sharks goalie Martin Jones with 5:47 to play.

“That was just a lucky break,” Shore said.

“They blocked the shot and it landed right on my stick. Hockey’s a pretty chaotic game. The bounce went our way for that one.”

Khudobin stopped a breakaway by Joe Thornton with just more than a minute left.
“I dialed him five-hole,” Thornton said. “And it didn’t lock. I’d like to have it back, but you can’t. I should have made a better play.”

Stars coach Jim Montgomery said Khudobin’s play was an example to the team.

“His will to never stop, his second and third effort I think gives confidence to the players to give that same third effort. The way he competes in the crease is the way our team needs to compete for 60 minutes.”

Dallas moved among the top three in the Central Division standings.

San Jose fell two points behind Pacific Division leader Vancouver.

Seguin, the Stars’ leading scorer, had his first goal in 13 games and an assist. Gemel Smith also scored for Dallas.

Evander Kane, Timo Meier and Joe Pavelski scored for San Jose. Brent Burns had two assists and Jones made 18 saves.

San Jose tied it at 3 with 12:14 left. Burns’ pass went to Kane at the edge of the right faceoff circle. Kane half-whiffed on the shot, but it went behind defenseman Julius Honka and slid past a screened Khudobin.

The Sharks tied it 1-all in the first period on Meier’s 12th goal of the season.

Shore opened the scoring at 8:57 when Seguin passed to him in the left faceoff circle, and he lifted a wrist shot into the upper left corner.

Shore said it has helped him to play on a line with Seguin.

“It’s incredible. He’s a world-class talent and a big part of our team. When you get thrown on a line with a player like that, you try to play the same game and do what makes you a good player to complement him,” Shore said.

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