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Stars center Joe Nieuwendyk sees his second-period shot blocked by Sharks goalie Steve Shields. AP
So long, San Jose
Stars crush Sharks, make third straight trip to West finals
The Stars are on a roll in Reunion. Joe Nieuwendyk got the Dallas offense going with an early goal and Scott Thornton added a goal and two assists lifting the Stars over the Sharks 4-1 Sunday night for their eighth straight home-playoff victory. The defending Stanley Cup champions are now set to face the Avalanche in the Western Conference Finals for the second straight season.
Sharks' Nolan scratched from Game 5
Postcard: Stars just beginning to shine
The Series: Breakdown | At a Glance
Goalie Analysis: Ed Belfour | Steve Shields
||As Nolan went, San Jose followed|
Owen Nolan led the Sharks past the Blues, but couldn't do the same against the defending Stanley Cup champs.
||Stars sink Sharks, can finish off San Jose Sunday|
Joe Nieuwendyk had two goals as Dallas beat San
Jose 5-4 Friday night to take a 3-1 series lead.
||San Jose finally solves Belfour and wins Game 3|
It took them more than 145 minutes, but the San Jose Sharks finally got one past Ed Belfour. Then another for a 2-1 win.
||Belfour, Stars blank Sharks for 2-0 series lead|
Ed Belfour posted his second straight shutout and third of the postseason with a 1-0 victory.
||Stars crush Sharks, take 1-0 series lead|
Sergei Zubov assisted on two goals and Stars goaltender Ed Belfour stopped 18 shots Friday night as the Stars beat the Sharks 4-0.