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Dallas is 10-3-2 in last 15 games

2/21/2004

DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Stars made the most of their final
regular-season shot at the Colorado Avalanche.

Jason Arnott scored three goals and Pierre Turgeon added a
power-play goal and an assist as the Stars beat the Avalanche for
the first time this season, 5-1 Friday night.

The Stars had been outscored by the Avalanche 11-3 in their
first three games.

"They've certainly taken it to us the first three games,"
Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "This was our chance to redeem
ourselves. We came out and played hard. We were very determined."

Scott Young added a third-period goal and Marty Turco stopped 15
shots for the Stars, 10-3-2 in their last 15 games.

Sergei Zubov and Bill Guerin had two assists each for the Stars.

Arnott completed his fifth career hat trick with 5.4 seconds
left on the power play.

"We wish we could play every game like that," Arnott said.
"They had an off night and we played well. I wanted to go at it as
hard as I could. Tonight the pucks just went in."

The Avs, losing their third straight, avoided a shutout on
Karlis Skrastins' goal with 2:24 to play.

The teams wrapped up their regular-season series with seven
fighting majors in the third period.

Dallas' Aaron Downey and Colorado's Peter Worrell tangled in a
fight that lasted almost four minutes. Avalanche defenseman Chris
McAllister instigated the brawl, earning 29 minutes in penalties
for the altercation, including a game misconduct.

"It turned out to be a pretty good fight," Downey said. "It
was a long one. McAllister wanted to fight me, but I wanted the
heavyweight."

Colorado started the night with a 16-3-7-3 road record, best in
the Western Conference. But it was without two of its best players,
center Peter Forsberg and defenseman Rob Blake. Forsberg was
scratched with a recurring groin injury and Blake was placed on
injured reserve earlier in the day with a hairline fracture of his
lower left leg.

"Everybody goes through tough times," Avalanche right wing
Teemu Selanne said. "We've got some big guys hurt right now, but
that's no excuse. We've got to find a way to win games. We've got
too much pride to lose games."

The Stars took a 1-0 lead in the second period on a power play
when Turgeon's wrist shot from the left circle got past screened
goaltender David Aebischer.

Dallas had been outscored by Colorado 9-0 in the opening two
periods of their first three meetings this season.

"We beat them a few times and everyone wrote them off,"
Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "I knew they'd be right there at
the end and they're really starting to show that. We didn't play
intense enough to win and they played extremely well. We didn't
respond or solve anything offensively."

Arnott made it 2-0 with an outstanding individual effort. Arnott
skated into the Colorado zone, went around Avs defenseman Martin
Skoula and beat Aebischer with a forehand.

Arnott extended the lead to 3-0 in the third period from close
range between Aebischer's pads.

Young gave Dallas a 4-0 pad, converting Turgeon's pass for
Young's eighth goal.

Game notes
In addition to Forsberg, last season's league MVP, and
Blake, D Adam Foote and LWs Brad Larsen and Travis Brigley were
Colorado's scratches. ... C Riku Hahl played for the Avs for the
first time since Oct. 23. Hahl has been recovering from a shoulder
injury. ... Stars RW David Oliver was a healthy scratch after
contributing five goals and three assists over his previous 10
games. ... Dallas is 12-1-1 when Arnott scores a goal. ... The
Stars stretched their season-best home unbeaten streak to seven
games (5-0-2). ... The Avs failed to capitalize on a two-man
advantage for 1:04 of the third period.