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Morrow's two goals help Stars salvage draw

DALLAS (AP) -- Embarrassed by their performance in Atlanta 24
hours earlier, the New York Rangers raised their level of play by
several notches Friday night against the best team in the NHL.

Tom Poti scored a career-high two goals, and Sandy McCarthy
added one as the Rangers pulled out a 3-3 with the Dallas Stars,
who remain undefeated at home in regulation this season.

New York was beaten 7-4 at Atlanta on Thursday night as the
struggling Thrashers picked up only their sixth victory of the
season. The Rangers played with far more energy and focus against
the Stars, who lead the league with 36 points.

"It was a huge point for us,'' Poti said. "We stunk up the
joint last night and wanted to follow up with a solid effort. It
would have been nice to get the W, but we'll take the point.''

The Rangers got two assists from Eric Lindros and 20 saves from
goaltender Don Blackburn, who was shelled by Atlanta a night
earlier.

"Tonight we competed well against a quick hockey club that has
a lot of depth in their lineup,'' Lindros said. "Guys dug deep.
It's a point in the right direction.

"We didn't play well in Atlanta, but the good thing about
hockey is you get a chance for redemption.''

Brenden Morrow scored twice for Dallas, including the tying goal
in the second period, as the Stars improved to 9-0-1-1 at home.

Morrow played with a shield to protect against further injury
after he was hit in the face by a stick in Wednesday night's
victory over Minnesota. Morrow's left eye was almost swollen shut,
and he took 33 stitches to close cuts around his nose, but said he
wasn't about to miss the game.

"We've got a lot of character on this team, and this was a bit
of a character game,'' Morrow said. "Once we got the swelling down
around my eye, there was no doubt I was going to play this game.''

Morrow drew Dallas even at 3 from in close for his ninth goal at
12:27 of the second on a setup by Niko Kapanen from behind the net.
Both of Morrow's goals came from the high-traffic area in front of
the net.

"We needed goals like that,'' Stars coach Dave Tippett said.
"He had his face all cut up, but he had a snarl in front of the
net. That's exactly what we needed.''

The Rangers took the initiative early, outshooting the Stars in
the first period 12-6. They beat Stars goaltender Marty Turco three
times. Turco started the night as the league leader in
goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts.

"Our team likes adversity,'' Rangers defenseman Darius
Kasparaitis said. "It seems we play good against the good teams
and against the ones below .500, we play like it's easy. We have
respect for this team. This was one of the most fun games I've
played this season.''

Turco had 23 saves and Jason Arnott added a goal for the Stars,
7-1-2 in their last 10 games.

Blackburn made a key save on a close-in shot by Scott Young with
2:01 left in overtime.

Poti put the Rangers in front 1-0 in the opening period when his
shot from the right point got past a screened Turco. Morrow drew
the Stars even on a rebound.

Arnott gave Dallas a 2-1 advantage, converting Pierre Turgeon's
pass from behind the net for his fourth goal early in the second
period.

The Rangers then struck twice in less than three minutes. Poti
tied it from the left circle through Turco's pads, then McCarthy
put New York ahead 3-2 with his first of the season on a rebound.

Game notes
Rangers D David Karpa played his first game of the season
after missing 25 due to a dislocated elbow. ... Stars LW Kirk
Muller left late in the first period with injured ribs and did not
return. ...The Stars are 7-1-3 in their last 11 games against the
Rangers.