DALLAS (AP) — Steve Ott had three goals for his first career hat trick, scoring short-handed early in the first period and adding even-strength and power-play goals in the Dallas Stars' 5-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.
Fans littered the ice with baseball caps after Ott struck on the power play in the final minute of the second period to give Dallas a four-goal pad, and the Stars went on to take the season series from the Sharks, 4-2.
Loui Eriksson put Dallas ahead for good with a first-period goal, Brian Sutherby added a goal, and Marty Turco made 29 saves to help end San Jose's winning streak at four games. San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov gave up five goals on 21 shots in the first two periods before being replaced by Thomas Greiss for the final 20 minutes.
Rookie Logan Couture had a power-play goal for San Jose, which remains atop the Western Conference with 104 points, three better than second-place Chicago.
Sharks points leader Joe Thornton missed the game because of a lower-body injury. Thornton also was scratched Sunday against Colorado, breaking a string of 398 consecutive appearances. He's expected to return Friday night at Minnesota.
With teammate Mike Ribiero serving an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, Ott took advantage of a San Jose turnover, beating Nabokov from the slot a 1:45 after the opening faceoff.
But the Sharks capitalized on the same power play with Couture's deflection at 2:46. A video review confirmed that Couture's stick was below crossbar level.
Dallas grabbed a 2-1 edge at 10:20 of the first when Eriksson redirected Brad Richards' centering pass.
Sutherby's rebound at 12:16 of the second period extended Dallas' advantage to 3-1.
Later in the period, Sutherby's pass set up Ott, who skated hard to the net for his second goal of the night at 18:19.
Ott's power-play goal with 33 seconds left in the second gave him seven goals in his last nine games and 19 on the season.
NOTES: The teams met for the third time in 16 days. ... The Sharks opened a four-game trip that will wrap up the road portion of their regular-season schedule. ... Dallas C Mike Modano sat out his ninth straight game following an appendectomy, but is skating in practice and could be back in the lineup by the weekend. ... San Jose has given up five goals or more in four of its last 12 games. ... The Sharks are 7-7-1 since the Olympic break. ... The Stars are 6-8-2 after the break.