DALLAS (AP) — Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow each scored twice, including short-handed goals in the third period, Kari Lehtonen made 44 saves in his second start of the season, and the Dallas Stars boosted their fading playoff chances with an 8-2 rout of the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
Brad Richards struck on the power play, and Brandon Segal added a goal for the Stars, who pulled seven points behind No. 8 Detroit in the Western Conference. Toby Petersen and Steve Ott also scored, and Ribeiro and Morrow contributed two assists each as Dallas set a season high for goals.
Lehtonen, who missed most of the season following two back surgeries, was playing his fourth game for Dallas since he was acquired in a trade with Atlanta on Feb. 9. Lehtonen gave up six goals on 34 shots in a loss on March 6 at Pittsburgh, his first start for the Stars.
Segal, a waiver pickup from Los Angeles on Feb. 11, has five goals and three assists in his first seven games for Dallas.
The Stars' Marc Crawford became the 15th coach in NHL history to reach 500 victories. Crawford also coached Quebec-Colorado, Vancouver and Los Angeles.
The Stars are 2-5-1 since the Olympic break, and with 13 games left, time is running out on their bid for the playoffs.
Dan Boyle had a power-play goal and Devin Setoguchi scored at even strength for the Sharks, the Western Conference leaders by two points over runner-up Chicago. San Jose is 3-3-1 since the break.
Richards gave Dallas the lead at 9:28 of the first period when his one-timer from the right circle glanced off Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov's glove and into the net.
Petersen made it 2-0 at 2:34 of the second period when got a perfect bounce off the end boards following a dump-in by teammate Karlis Skrastins and backhanded a shot past Nabokov.
Segal's deflection 2 minutes and 56 seconds after Petersen's goal stretched Dallas' advantage to 3-0.
Morrow's one-timer from the left circle gave Dallas a 4-0 lead at 7:46 of the second period, and Sharks coach Todd McLellan replaced Nabokov with Thomas Greiss after Nabokov allowed four goals on 17 shots.
San Jose had 19 shots in the second period, with Boyle's goal at 18:39 pulled San Jose within 4-1.
Setoguchi made it 4-2 at :51 of the third period, but Ribeiro and Morrow scored short-handed later in the third as the Stars ended a four-game home losing streak (0-3-1).
The Stars were without center Mike Modano, the all-time leading goal-scorer among U.S.-born players, as he is out indefinitely after undergoing an appendectomy on Monday.
NOTES: Dallas D Stephane Robidas received a 5-minute major and game misconduct for boarding at 10:59 of the second period for a hit on San Jose's Ryane Clowe that opened a cut over Clowe's eye. ... The teams play three times during a 16-day span. ... San Jose set a season-high for goals allowed. ... The last time the Stars scored two short-handed goals in a game was Nov. 6, 2002, against Vancouver by Morrow and Modano. ... San Jose made the second stop of a six-game trip. ... Nabokov had beaten Dallas eight times in a row with a 1.43 goals-against. ... Dallas D Nicklas Grossman (back) returned after missing four straight games.