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Stars blow lead, but bounce back to get a tie

3/17/2002

TORONTO (AP) -- The Dallas Stars didn't quit after blowing a
two-goal lead.

Brenden Morrow scored twice as the Stars tied the Toronto Maple
Leafs 5-5 on Saturday night to move into a tie for the seventh spot
in the Western Conference. The top eight teams make the playoffs.

Dallas rallied from 4-3 and 5-4 deficits in the third period
after blowing a 3-1 lead.

"It was a big point for us," Morrow said. "We came back from
a couple of deficits. We can't afford to give up too many of these
leads."

Ed Belfour replaced Marty Turco in goal after Turco allowed
Toronto's third goal in the second period. Turco, who recently
replaced Belfour as the starting goalie, allowed three goals on 22
shots.

"It's nice to know that we can come back," the Stars' Mike
Modano said.

Toronto's Robert Reichel scored twice for the Maple Leafs, who
are unbeaten in their last five games. Gary Roberts, Mats Sundin
and Garry Valk also scored for Toronto.

The Maple Leafs missed a chance to join Philadelphia and Boston
atop the Eastern Conference and remain a point out.

"It was a shootout at the OK Corral," Toronto goalie Corey
Schwab said. "It was an exciting game. We gave up some good
changes but so did they."

Toronto is 3-2-5 since Schwab replaced the injured Curtis Joseph
as the starting goalie. Schwab started instead of Tom Barrasso, who
was acquired from Carolina on Friday.

"I thought I was all right," Schwab said. "You don't want to
give up five goals, but considering the type of the game and the
goals that they had it wasn't bad. They did a great job
screening."

Kirk Muller's wrist shot gave Dallas a 1-0 lead at 6:19 of the
first, but Reichel tied it with a one-timer at 16:28.

Dallas took a 3-1 lead early in the second after Scott Pellerin
shot a rebound past Schwab at 2:25 and Morrow redirected Jamie
Langenbrunner's pass at 4:20.

Reichel's one-timer on the power-play made it 3-2 at 7:04.

Just 23 seconds later, Valk tied it after Turco failed to clear
the puck. Turco was then replaced by Belfour.

Sundin gave Toronto its first lead with a one-timer with a
two-man advantage at 19:14 of the second. Tomas Kaberle faked a
shot and passed to Sundin, who rifled a shot past Belfour.

Morrow tied it at 4 by batting the puck out of the air and past
Schwab at 4:56 of the third.

"Whenever I get cut up I seem to play better," said Morrow,
who had a cut on his nose and a black eye.

Roberts gave Toronto the lead again on the power-play after
shooting Alexander Mogilny's rebound past Belfour.

Derian Hatcher tied it again with a tip-in on the power-play at
11:07.

Game notes
Pierre Turgeon is day-to-day with a strained shoulder. ...
The Stars' Brad Lukowich broke Mogilny's stick with a slash in the
second period. Toronto then scored on a two-man advantage. ... The
Stars' Richard Matvichuk left the game in the second period with a
bruised heel after being hit by the puck.