Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Thursday, October 24th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 29th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 19th
Game 4: Thursday, March 27th

Stars 3

(4-2-0, 10 pts)

Flames 3

(2-3-1, 7 pts)

9:00 PM ET, October 24, 2002

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 OT T
DAL 0 2 1 03
CGY 0 1 2 03

C. Clark (Flames - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

S. Yelle (Flames - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

M. Modano (Stars - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Guerin, Iginla square off in 3-3 tie

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- After the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames each blew three-period leads, it was only fitting that neither skated off with a victory.

Jere Lehtinen

Jere Lehtinen scored with 2:49 left in regulation, lifting the Stars into a 3-3 tie with the Flames on Thursday night.

Nikko Kapanen worked the puck back to the blue line where Sergei Zubov's rising shot deflected off the jersey of Lehtinen as he skated through the slot. The puck changed directions and got past fooled Flames goalie Roman Turek.

"We had some real good chances before that but Roman snuffed us out and then we got a lucky one. Hey, we'll take it," said Stars goalie Ron Tugnutt, who made 39 saves in a second straight start.

Dallas led 2-1 entering the third period, but goals less than two minutes apart by Craig Conroy and Chris Clark gave the Flames their first lead.

Clark tied it at 6:22 when he held off Stars defenseman Daryl Sydor and took two hacks at Stephane Yelle's rebound and got it past goalie Ron Tugnutt.

Then at 8:19, Conroy took a pass from Chris Drury and ripped a shot over Tugnutt's glove and just under the crossbar.

"The effort was good tonight and we deserved a better fate," Flames coach Greg Gilbert said. "We outchanced them, we outshot them. We had some grade `A' scoring opportunities that it would have been nice to finish as it might have been a different game."

Jamie Wright also scored for Calgary, winless in four home games this season. After dropping their first two games, the Flames have points in five of six games.

"We did come back and battle back in the third period, but we can't accept giving away points," Gilbert said. "We lost one point tonight and we gave them one. It's something we have to get better at, there's no question."

Rob DiMaio and Mike Modano also scored for Dallas.

"We allowed them the opportunities and they fed off our mistakes," Modano said of the third-period collapse. "On those goals, the puck could have been smothered further up the ice rather than having to recover and scramble in our own zone. It was a tough third period for our team."

A brilliant rush by Modano late in the second period gave Dallas a 2-1 lead.

The Flames tied it 1-1 on a gritty play by Clark. He slipped between the Dallas defense and was hooked to the ice by Derian Hatcher. As Clark was sliding face first on his stomach, he neatly knocked the puck across to Wright who fired a perfect shot under the crossbar.

Wright had just returned to the lineup after missing all three games on the Flames road trip because of a stomach virus.

Tugnutt got his second straight start ahead of Marty Turco and turned in a stellar game finishing with 39 saves to improve to 2-0-1.

The highlight of the opening period was a rousing fight between the NHL's top two goal scorers last season.

Halfway through the period, Jarome Iginla and Bill Guerin squared off in an energetic fight. Iginla finished with the upper hand drawing a standing ovation from most of the crowd of 14,635.

"He took exception to a hit on (Marc) Savard and I don't mind that," Guerin said. "I think that's a great quality to have in a player and it's a good teammate."

Game notes

Calgary rookie RW Chuck Kobasew was a healthy scratch for the second game in a row. Joining him on the sidelines was LW Steve Begin. ... The Dallas scratches were LW Scott Pellerin and C Jason Arnott. Arnott has missed seven games with a sprained ankle injury but is expected back within the next week.

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