SAN JOSE The Sharks couldn't make it a clean sweep of their seven-game homestand Sunday afternoon, dropping a 5-4 shootout decision to the Dallas Stars after twice failing to hold a two-goal lead.
Dallas forward Jamie Benn scored the only shootout goal, beating goaltender Antti Niemi on the stick side while Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped shots by Logan Couture, Dan Boyle and Brent Burns.
The loss ended San Jose's winning streak at seven games. The Sharks failed in their attempt to become the first NHL team to win every game on a homestand of at least seven games, according to STATS LLC.
Tommy Wingels, Brent Burns, T.J. Galiardi and Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored San Jose's goals.
The game marked agitator Raffi Torres' first with the Sharks, and he earned two assists in addition to drawing one penalty and being a disruptive force for San Jose.
This was the first of three meetings between the teams in a span of 17 days, and the clubs look far different than they did for the first meeting of the season in February.
The Stars traded Brenden Morrow, Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy and Michael Ryder since winning 3-1 then. That loss was the ninth in 10 games for the Sharks, who have turned things around dramatically of late.
"I like to look at the positives; it was a good homestand," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said. "We needed to win some games at home. Now we have to go win some games on the road."
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.