Series (Game 1 of 2)

Dallas leads 2-0

Game 1: Tuesday, November 12th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 4th

Stars 4

(9-4-1, 22 pts)

Canadiens 2

(6-5-0, 16 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 12, 2002

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 T
DAL 3 0 14
MTL 0 1 12

D. Hatcher (Stars - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

R. Zednik (Canadiens - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Lehtinen (Stars - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Stars strike quickly in win over Canadiens

MONTREAL (AP) -- Pierre Turgeon added another Montreal souvenir to his NHL scrapbook.

Pierre Turgeon

Turgeon got his 1,200th career point as Sergei Zubov, Manny Malhotra and Jason Arnott each scored first-period goals to lead the Dallas Stars to a 4-2 victory Tuesday night over the Montreal Canadiens.

Turgeon -- the Canadiens' captain when the team moved from the Forum to the Molson (now Bell) Centre in March 1996 -- assisted on Arnott's goal which put Dallas up 3-0 just 10:07 in.

He has 471 goals and 729 assists in 1091 regular-season games since being chosen first overall by Buffalo in the 1987 draft.

"I love that,'' said Turgeon, a native of Rouyn, Quebec. "I think it does something being in Montreal and getting 1,200 points. I'm glad that it was here.''

Jere Lehtinen scored into an empty net with 16.5 seconds left, and Ron Tugnutt made 21 saves in his 500th career game as the Stars improved to 3-1-1 in their last five.

Dallas evened its record at 1-1 on a three-game road trip that concludes Wednesday in Washington.

Montreal's Oleg Petrov scored in the second period, and Richard Zednik got his eighth of the season with 12:12 remaining in the third to cut the lead to one.

"We came out pretty hard and I thought we dominated the first part of the game,'' Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "They ended up getting a fortunate one that bounced through and kind of gave them some life.''

The Canadiens, who outshot Dallas 11-6 in the third, pressed for the tying goal throughout the period until Lehtinen scored at 19:43.

"They were a different team after they scored that second goal,'' Turgeon said. "They were much more dangerous. It was an exciting third period for the fans but it wasn't good for us.''

The Canadiens, outshot 33-23 overall, including 16-6 in the second, lost for just the second time in eight games (4-2-2).

"It doesn't matter how much talent you have on your team, if you don't play the system and you don't work hard, you're not going to get the two points,'' Canadiens captain Saku Koivu said. "We played terrible for 20 minutes and the last 40 we played better, but you have to show up for 60 minutes to win these games.''

Montreal right wing Mariusz Czerkawski was given a kneeing minor penalty for an open ice hip check on Stars defenseman Richard Matvichuk 1:06 in.

Dallas wasted no time taking advantage as Zubov opened the scoring with his second of the season on the ensuing power play. The defenseman beat goalie Jose Theodore with a slap shot from the right point at 1:51.

Malhotra got his first of the season to make it 2-0 at 6:41. Stars right wing Rob DiMaio caught Theodore out of position and passed to Malhotra, who drove the puck into a wide open net from the goal mouth.

Turgeon got his milestone point 3:26 later when Arnott tipped his pass from the left boards past Theodore from the edge of the crease to put Dallas up by three.

Petrov got his fourth of the season to draw Montreal within 3-1 at 2:02 of the second when Yanic Perreault's pass from the right boards deflected off his left leg and through Tugnutt's legs.

Zednik cut the lead to one 7:48 into the third with his eighth of the season.

"We would always like to play like we did in the third period, but there's no plan to start playing in the third period,'' Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said.

Game notes

Turgeon played one full season and parts of two others for Montreal in 1995-96. ... Stars C Mike Modano remained three points short of 1,000 for his career. ... Dallas evened its road record at 4-4-3. The Stars are 5-0-0-1 at home this season. ... The Canadiens finished a 2-2-0 homestand. ... Montreal LW Bill Lindsay sent Stars D Stephane Robidas flying into the boards with a check in the first period.

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