SAN JOSE -- Two players who haven't found the back of the net much lately came through Wednesday night, and the Sharks skated away with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Dallas Stars.

Tommy Wingels got the game-winner at 1:52 of the extra period for his first goal in eight games and only his second in his past 24. A second-period goal by Marty Havlat that gave San Jose a 1-0 lead was his first in five games since missing an extended stretch, and only his second in the past 14 he played.

"I'm a big part of the group that the scoring's kind of vanished from," Wingels said, his joy in winning the game somewhat tempered by the team's overall scoring struggles. "It's something we're working on, the group of guys that need to pick it up. We will. We're confident players, and we'll get there."

The Sharks were trying to bounce back from a lethargic effort in Monday night's 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers and had the lead going into the third period. But Dallas controlled play in much of the final 20 minutes of regulation with San Jose failing to get a shot on net until 14:19 and adding only one other the rest of the way.

Meanwhile, the Stars tied the game at 6:27 on a one-timer by rookie Valeri Nichushkin, the only one of 20 shots to get past backup Alex Stalock, who was making his third start in the past six games.

Both Sharks goals were set up by defenseman Scott Hannan, and Havlat was quick to credit the veteran for his role in the two plays. On the first goal, Hannan was on the right point when he found Havlat alone in the slot for a redirect that beat Dallas netminder Kari Lehtonen. On the overtime winner, Hannan found Havlat down low in the Dallas zone, and he then found Wingels slicing toward the net.

"The most important guy was Hannan tonight," Havlat said. "He did it twice. He made great plays."

Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen defends against the San Jose Sharks’ Mike Brown (18) in the first period at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on
Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen defends against the San Jose Sharks' Mike Brown (18) in the first period at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

The Sharks improved their overtime record this season to 4-1 against a Dallas team that entered the game on a 5-1-1 run and closing in on a playoff spot.

Before the game, coach Todd McLellan again was critical of his team's effort in the Philadelphia loss and said his players needed to decide whether they wanted to work or not before worrying about a game plan or anything else.

After beating Dallas, he said the effort was a definite improvement.

"It's pretty evident when you look at the game tonight and compare it to the Philadelphia game," he said. "It doesn't mean we were cleaner or faster or more polished, just the commitment level went up."

The game was scoreless in the first period, and neither team challenged the other goalie much in the second period -- at least until the final two minutes.

Havlat did score for the Sharks at 18:06, but that only seemed to spark the Stars, however, and San Jose needed Matt Nieto's block on Dallas defenseman Trevor Daley's slap shot at the buzzer to preserve the lead. Nieto, however, was hurt blocking the shot and did not return for the third period.

  • Forward Adam Burish was the Sharks lineup for the first time this season, having fully recovered from back surgery for an injury he suffered Sept. 16 in the exhibition opener in Vancouver.

    Burish didn't take long to try to get under the skin of Dallas players, at one point in the second period jawing with Stars forward Antoine Roussel not long after the Dallas tough guy was the target of a hard hit by Mike Brown.

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