Sharks clinch playoff berth with shutout of Stars 

Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves for his 50th career shutout, and the San Jose Sharks clinched a playoff berth while climbing back atop the Western Conference standings with a 3-0 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.

Defensemen Dan Boyle and Rob Blake scored power-play goals in the second period for San Jose, which has won two straight after a 0-5-1 skid over the previous 10 days.

With sturdy defense and 41 shots on Dallas goalie Marty Turco, the Sharks formally clinched their sixth straight postseason trip while earning their 100th point in the first of three games at the Shark Tank in four days. San Jose also jumped one point ahead of Chicago, which has a game in hand on the Sharks.

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