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Buffalo beats Dallas when late goal not allowed

3/1/2003

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Sabres heard ''No goal!'' four
years too late.

Curtis Brown scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third
period and Dallas had an apparent late goal waved off as the Sabres
beat the Stars 5-3 on Friday night.

''I walked down the bench and that's exactly what I said to
(Buffalo assistant) Scott Arniel,'' Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said.
''All of a sudden, they got video review in the building.''

Buffalo lost the 1999 Stanley Cup to Dallas on Brett Hull's
disputed goal in the third overtime of Game 6. Hull appeared to
violate the man-in-the-crease rule, but after watching the video
replay, officials allowed the goal.

The Sabres got a break this time around with 3:18 left when
replays showed Claude Lemieux tipped in the potential tying goal
with a high stick.

''If the puck had hit closer to my hands on the shaft, it could
have been good,'' Lemieux said. ''That's why we have video
replay.''

Ales Kotalik, Jason Botterill and Stu Barnes each had a goal and
an assist, Brian Campbell scored a goal and Miroslav Satan had
three assists for Buffalo, which is 2-1-1 in its last four games.

Buffalo recalled Botterill, who leads the AHL with 36 goals,
from Rochester earlier in the day. He played one game earlier in
the season for Buffalo and has three goals and eight points in 54
career NHL games.

''He got himself in that area they said he's been best at -- right on top of the crease. I thought he deserved to be out
there,'' Ruff said of Botterill.

''I just wanted to go out there and -- it's a simple thing -- but
have a lot of fun,'' Botterill said. ''In years past, I was so
stressed about what the coaches wanted and who I was playing with
that I didn't really enjoy the moment.''

Philippe Boucher, Jere Lehtinen and Derian Hatcher scored for
Dallas, which finished its road trip 1-1-1-1.

Ruff refuses to believe the Sabres caught a tired Dallas team.
The Stars didn't arrive in Buffalo until almost 5 a.m Friday after
having to land in Rochester, N.Y., because of fog.

''And we're not tired?'' Ruff said. ''That's four games in six
nights for us. We've had four or five players that have been sick.
We haven't practiced. I'm not buying that.''

With the game tied 3-3, Brown took a pass from Kotalik behind
the net and fired it past Ron Tugnutt from the edge of the right
faceoff circle to give the Sabres the lead with 12:22 left.

Botterill added an insurance goal on the power play with 1:29
left to make it 5-3.

With less than a minute left in the second period, Hatcher tied
it 3-3 on the power play.

Lehtinen's 26th goal made it 3-2 with 2:12 left in the second
when he wristed a shot past Martin Biron in the slot.

Biron -- making his fourth consecutive start and 44th appearance of
the year -- stopped 31 shots, including 15 in the first.

Tugnutt -- starting his eighth game in a row in place of an
injured Marty Turco -- stopped 15 shots.

Barnes scored short-handed -- his first goal since Jan. 11 -- when
he tipped Rhett Warrener's shot over Tugnutt's right shoulder to
make it 3-1 12:17 into the second.

Kotalik started the scoring with his 15th goal 4:42.

Just 51 seconds later, Campbell scored his first goal since
March 24 to make it 2-0.

''These are games we're suppose to win,'' Stars forward Scott
Young said. ''We are in a long stretch of games we're suppose to
win, against teams that aren't even in the playoff.''

Boucher made it 2-1 at 9:24 when Biron couldn't glove his weak
wrist shot from the point.

Dallas played without forward Bill Guerin, who bruised a thigh
in the game Thursday night. He is day-to-day and will be evaluated
Saturday.

Game notes
The Stars also scratched forward Rob DiMaio, who is week-to-week
with a bruised chest and forward Kirk Muller (healthy). ... Buffalo put forward Denis Hamel on waivers earlier in the day and also recalled defenseman Radoslav Hecl from Rochester. ... Buffalo scratched defenseman James Patrick
(back spasms) and forward Eric Boulton (healthy).