DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Stars wasted a two-goal lead, then
escaped with a victory.
Pierre Turgeon scored with 16.4 seconds left in overtime to lift
the Stars to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday
night, extending Dallas' season-long unbeaten streak to eight
Sergei Berezin scored twice for Chicago, including the tying
goal with 12:18 left in the third period, as the Blackhawks rallied
from a 3-1 second-period deficit to send the game into overtime.
After trying to sit on a lead in the third period, the Stars
turned aggressive in the extra session -- recording a shot advantage
"When you're ahead in a game like that, you feel you should
win,'' Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "You think you let a point
slip away. But fortunately we bailed ourselves out.''
Berezin powered a 45-foot slap shot past Dallas goalie Marty
Turco for his 12th goal to tie it at 3, and Chicago went on to its
fourth straight overtime.
But Turgeon scooped up a loose puck in the slot on his backhand,
transferred to his forehand and fired his 84th career game-winner
past Chicago goalie Jocelyn Thibault.
During a frantic 11 seconds before Turgeon's goal, linemate
Jason Arnott had two chances for the win, one on a rebound and the
second on a deflection.
"We had a couple of good chances there,'' said Turgeon, whose
11th goal was his fifth game-winner this season. "We had a lull,
but got back to it again at the end. We decided to play more
aggressively in the overtime and change things up.''
Bill Guerin and Rob DiMaio scored during an 18-second span early
in the second period to give the Stars a 3-1 lead.
Guerin chipped the puck over Thibault from in front 43 seconds
into the second period on a power play. Guerin's 19th goal put
Dallas in front 2-1.
DiMaio made it 3-1 at 1:01 of the second with his seventh goal
on a shot from the left circle. Guerin and DiMaio scored 17 seconds
apart in a game at Phoenix on Oct. 12.
"When we got up 3-1, we started playing the score a little
bit,'' said Dallas defenseman Darryl Sydor, who had three assists
against Chicago and has six points in two games. "We're a veteran
team and we can't let that happen. We'll learn from it.''
Mike Modano notched his 16th goal, and Turco stopped 21 shots
for the Stars, 14-1-3-1 at home and 6-0-2 in their last eight games
Thibault had 20 saves, and Steve Poapst also scored for the
Blackhawks, unbeaten in regulation in their last 11 (5-0-4-2).
"We feel we're as good as anybody in the league or in our
conference,'' Chicago forward Theo Fleury said. "We've had a tough
stretch of games here. We had bad legs in the first period, but we
recovered from it. We played a strong game.''
Chicago, coming off Wednesday night's scoreless tie against
Phoenix, took the lead at 3:26 of the first period on Berezin's
first goal of the night.
Modano fired a rebound past Thibault at 12:02 of the opening
period to tie it at 1.
Poapst scored his second at 16:00 of the second period to narrow
the deficit to 3-2.
Turco is unbeaten in five career games against Chicago. ...
Stars LW Ulf Dahlen was scratched because of a recurring ankle
injury. ... LW Eric Daze missed his third straight game for Chicago
because of a sore back. Daze is expected back for Chicago's home
game against Nashville on Sunday. ... DiMaio had only six goals for
the Stars last season. ... The Stars are 9-1-1-1 against the
Blackhawks in the last 12 meetings in Dallas.
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Arena: American Airlines Center Location: Dallas, Texas
Referees: Blaine Angus, Kevin Pollock Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Randy Mitton
Attendance: 18,532 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Sergei Berezin (10)
Assists: Mark Bell, Alexander Karpovtsev
Mike Modano (15)
Assists: Darryl Sydor, Jere Lehtinen
Bill Guerin (19)
(Power Play) Assists: Darryl Sydor, Mike Modano
Rob DiMaio (7)
Steve Poapst (2)
Assists: Alex Zhamnov, Theo Fleury
Sergei Berezin (11)
Assist: Phil Housley
Pierre Turgeon (10)
Assists: Darryl Sydor, Jason Arnott