San Jose played in overtime without Milan Michalek, who was face down on the ice when regulation ended after taking a hard hit from Morrow. Michalek, who scored the go-ahead goal in Game 4, had to be helped off the ice and never returned to the bench. He was later shown on TV leaving the locker room with his left arm in a sling.
“We have nothing to hang our heads in shame about. We showed character and kept going,” Wilson said. “We were down a player, played overtime without him — a full game with a short bench. Our guys kept going and going and going. We had a ton of chances.”
Wilson refused to discuss the injury, saying “it’s irrelevant” since the season is over.
After some spectacular saves by Turco, he appeared off-guard when the Sharks got even 1-1 only 1:39 into the third period. Craig Rivet knocked down the puck in the right circle, then Clowe spun and knocked it toward the net. The puck skirted the inside of the right post and went in for Clowe’s fifth goal of the playoffs.
At the end of the second period, three Sharks were swarming near the net when Turco pushed away a shot by Jonathan Cheechoo with his stick. That came about a minute after his pad save on a shot by Tomas Plihal.
Antti Miettinen scored on a rebound 4:49 into the second period to give Dallas a 1-0 lead.
Sergei Zubov took a shot that ricocheted off Nabokov, who then collided with Niklas Hagman. There was no whistle, and Nabokov lost his stick in a desperate dive to his right trying to stop Miettinen’s putback.
Turco got a break soon after that, when a shot by Pavelski from the side slid through the crease between the posts and the goalie on his back.
Notes: The previous longest game this postseason was Game 4 of the Eastern Conference series between Philadelphia and Washington that lasted 86 minutes, 40 seconds. ... Stars C Stu Barnes missed his third straight game since taking a hard hit to the head in Game 3 on Tuesday night. ... Zubov was in his 108th playoff games for Dallas, the third most in team history behind Mike Modano (167) and Neal Broten (115).
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