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Weight scores two power-play goals in third

10/23/2002

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Dallas lost its composure and Doug Weight
capitalized.

Weight scored two power-play goals in the third period to give
the St. Louis Blues a 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday
night.

''They were big goals for us and I'm glad I got them,'' Weight
said. ''The last couple of games I'm steadily feeling more
comfortable with the puck.''

Weight's second goal came at 11:39 when he beat Dallas goalie
Marty Turco from inside the right circle. Before that goal, St.
Louis had a two-man advantage for just over four minutes but
couldn't score.

Dallas took eight penalties in the third period.

''That was pretty bad, we're not a very disciplined team right
now,'' Dallas forward Bill Guerin said. ''We have nobody to blame
except ourselves.''

Dallas coach Dave Tippett was humiliated by his team's lack of
self-control.

''Our discipline was embarrassing, from the goaltender on out
and we have to take responsibility,'' Tippett said. ''You can't win
in this league if you don't stay out of the penalty box.''

St. Louis goalie Curtis Sanford made 23 saves in his first NHL
start. He stopped 12 of 13 shots in his debut Thursday against
Columbus.

''He was a little nervous at the start of the game but as the
game wore on he did well,'' Blues coach Joel Quenneville said.

Sanford said he wasn't nervous.

''I felt pretty good right off the start,'' Sanford said. ''I
felt confident when I first got out there, and I was glad to help
us get a win.''

The Stars are winless in seven games in St. Louis, dating to
Nov. 9, 1999.

Weight's first goal at 2:20 of the third period tied it at 3.
Blues forward Eric Boguniecki made contact with Turco, and Weight
shot the puck just underneath the crossbar.

Ulf Dahlen scored a power-play goal at 17:31 of the second to
give Dallas a 3-1 lead. Dahlen took a pass from Sergei Zubov and
beat Sanford. The goal was Dahlen's third of the season and
extended his point-scoring streak to five games.

''Coming back to win is a huge confidence boost for us,''
Boguniecki said.

Brenden Morrow gave Dallas a 1-0 lead at 7:58 of the first with
a short-handed goal. Morrow skated in and chipped the puck over
Sanford's shoulder for his first of the season.

After St. Louis' Al MacInnis scored to tie it 1-1 at 11:46 of
the first period, Dallas took the lead for good.

With 30 seconds remaining in the first, Pierre Turgeon scored
his second to give Dallas a 2-1 lead. Turgeon scored when Sanford
gave up a rebound on Philippe Boucher's shot, and he slid the puck
past Sanford.

Sanford didn't succumb to the pressure and got stronger as the
game progressed.

''You've got to give the kid credit, he stepped up and made the
saves when he had to,'' Guerin said. ''The kid played great for
them and helped them win.''

Cory Stillman scored at 18:55 of the second to cut Dallas' lead
to 3-2.

Dallas Drake added an empty-net goal for St. Louis.

Boguniecki and Keith Tkachuk each had two assists for St. Louis,
which went 3-for-13 on the power play.

Game notes
St. Louis outshot Dallas 27-26. St. Louis has outshot
opponents in all five games this season. ... Dallas defenseman
Darryl Sydor played in his 500th game with the Stars. ... Sanford
played six games in the 1999-2000 season for the Missouri River
Otters of the United Hockey League. He is the first member of the
River Otters to play in an NHL game. ... Dallas C Jason Arnott will
be out of the lineup for at least another week because of an
injured ankle. ... Blues D Mike Van Ryn was scratched because of
rib soreness.