Stars beat Sharks in 4 OTs to Clinch Series

Staff Report

The Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Stars have made it back to the Western onference finals -- but it took the eighth longest game in NHL istory to do it.

Brenden Morrow scored a power play goal 9:03 into the fourth overtime early today as the Stars eliminated San Jose 2-1.

Here's more on the longest game in the NHL playoffs this season, and the longest in San Jose history.

-- The game in Dallas last 5 hours, 14 minutes - ending the third-longest in Stars history. Dallas lost the other two.

-- Marty Turco had a franchise-record 61 saves for the Stars.

-- Brenden Morrow scored the game-winner by deflecting a pass by

Stephane Robidas past Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov. Nabokov made 17 saves in the first OT to keep the Sharks alive for awhile.

-- 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.

-- Stars center Stu Barnes missed his third straight game since taking a hard hit to the head in Game 3 on Tuesday night.

-- Sergei Zubov was in his 108th playoff game for Dallas, the third most in team history behind Mike Modano (167) and Neal Broten (115).