This may have been the closest six-game series on record. The Stars went into the quarterfinal series as the underdog, and San Jose really had something to prove.
The Stars went into the Shark tank for Game 1 realizing that all the pressure was on the Sharks to perform, and they could just go about their business, and that’s what they did. The Stars went down early in the second, but bounced back on the help of goals by Mike Modano and Brenden Morrow. In the third with fewer than four minutes remaining Jonathan Cheechoo tied the game up, and sent it to OT. However early in the OT, the first star of the game Brenden Morrow slid one past Nabokov, and put Dallas up one game to nothing.
After winning Game 1 the Stars went into game two with a lot more confidence. The Stars managed to take the only game not decided by one goal, by a score of 5-2, and went back to Dallas with a two-game lead.
The third game of the series proved to be a little more challenging as the Sharks held the lead for most of the game, but at the start of the third Dallas tied the game, and sent the series to its second overtime game. With nearly the same amount of time on the clock as Game 1, Mattias Norstrom put the Stars up three to nil in the best of seven series.
The Sharks dug themselves a deep hole, but they started to climb out, the Sharks claimed Game 4 2-1, and Game 5 3-2 in the series' third overtime affair.
This set up one of the most exciting games in recent memory.
The Stars back in Dallas looked to close out the series at home. The Stars opened the scoring in the second period, and looked like they were going to hold strong until Ryan Clowe tied the game up in the third. Three overtime periods passed, until none other than Brenden Morrow deflects a shot past Nabokov in the fourth OT to win the game and series for the Dallas Stars. The game was the sixth longest in NHL history, and was the fourth overtime in six games for the series.
While it was only six games it was certainly memorable.