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Young spoils Turek's chance at another shutout

2/20/2003

DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Stars couldn't get a shot past
Calgary's Roman Turek until a knuckleball off the stick of
Scott Young found the back of the net late in the third period.

Young's goal, on a shot that changed direction with 4:10 left
in regulation, lifted the Stars into a 1-1 tie with the Flames on
Wednesday night.

"The puck was rolling and I was ready for it to hit me, but
then it kind of dipped and I lost it in the air,'' Turek said.

Young's 13th goal salvaged a point for the Stars and prevented
the Flames from an upset victory.

Turek stopped 38 shots and was closing in on his third shutout
of the season and 23rd of his career when Young connected from the
slot on a one-timer off a pass from Mike Modano.

"Nothing clean was going to beat him,'' Young said. "We should
have got more traffic in front of him but he played great.''

Turek, the Stars' backup goaltender from 1997-99, made a
sprawling save on Darryl Sydor's close-in rebound during a Dallas
power play with just under 15 minutes left in regulation. Turek,
9-3-4 against his former team, also made a key stop on Young during
a 2-on-1 with 4:57 left in the third period.

"If you play against your old team, it's more motivating for
you and the feeling is different,'' Turek said.

Oleg Saprykin scored a first-period, power-play goal for the
Flames, 1-6-3-1 in their last 11 games.

Jere Lehtinen nearly won the game for the Stars a minute into
overtime but his blast from the high slot hit the right goal post.

Dallas, the top team in the Western Conference, held a 39-27
shots advantage over Calgary, the last-place team in the West.

The Stars, 16-2-5 in their last 23 games, are 21-3-5-1 at home
this season.

Saprykin notched his fifth goal at 4:29 of the opening period
when he skated from the right circle to the front of the net and
beat Ron Tugnutt for the Flames' seventh power-play goal in six
games.

Tugnutt made 26 saves.

Bill Guerin, the Stars' No. 2 scorer, received a 10-minute
misconduct late in the second period after he came to the defense
of Modano. Calgary defenseman Bob Boughner received a five-minute
major for checking Modano from behind while the Stars were on a
power play, and Guerin quickly moved in and exchanged punches with
Boughner.

Both players received fighting majors. Boughner was assessed a
game misconduct, and Guerin was also penalized for instigating the
fight.

The Flames were upset over the way their previous game against
the Stars ended on Jan. 29 in Dallas, a 4-1 Stars victory. Calgary
players took exception to what they felt was showboating by Dallas'
Jere Lehtinen on an empty-net goal in the final minute, and to an
exchange between Stars tough guy Aaron Downey and Rob Niedermayer
of the Flames after time expired.

Flames captain Craig Conroy said his team would get revenge.

"We're going after Modano,'' Conroy said in a television
interview.

Boughner thought he only deserved a two-minute penalty, not an
ejection, denying he targeted Modano.

"It was a borderline call,'' Boughner said. "But sometimes you
get special attention and it was against a guy like Modano. If it
would have happened to me, it would have been different.''

Stars coach Dave Tippett said he didn't expect Boughner to be
suspended.

"That wasn't premeditated,'' Tippett said. "It was in the heat
of the moment, a scrum in the corner. Hits and intimidation are
part of the game.''

Young said there was plenty of pregame talk about Conroy's
statement.

"It was probably good that they were talking,'' Young said.
"Instead of taking a team lightly, it was a physical game.''

Game notes
Dallas LW Ulf Dahlen has the flu and was scratched. ... The
Flames haven't won in Dallas since Dec. 14, 2001.