San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Thanks to two goals separated by 30 seconds in the third period, the San Jose Sharks clinched a playoff spot with a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.
Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture netted the two goals in the third period as the Sharks will be in the postseason for a ninth straight year. With 57 points, the team jumped into a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference with Los Angeles.
Raffi Torres had the other goal and Antti Niemi made 24 saves for the Sharks, who have won four of their last five games.
Dallas was dealt a severe blow in its attempts to get into the postseason. With two games left on their schedule, the team has 48 points and sits three back of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.
Loui Eriksson and Antoine Roussel each had a goal for the Stars, who have dropped three straight. Kari Lehtonen gave up all three goals on 37 shots in the loss.