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Stars' NHL-high 12-game unbeaten streak over

1/25/2003

DALLAS (AP) -- After a three-goal first-period blitz by the Tampa
Bay Lightning, the Dallas Stars knew their NHL-high 12-game
unbeaten streak didn't stand much chance of being extended.

Andre Roy scored two first-period goals, and Vincent Lecavalier
had a goal and two assists as the Lightning handed the Stars their
first defeat in almost a month, 4-1 on Friday night.

"When you start like we did, it catches up with you," Stars
right wing Scott Young said. "We couldn't get much going. I don't
know if we took them too lightly or what."

Lecavalier triggered the three-goal first period with his 21st
of the season for the Lightning, who also got a goal from Martin
St. Louis. Sergei Zubov's power-play goal early in the third period
ended John Grahame's bid for his fifth career shutout, but Grahame
finished with 25 saves.

"We played hard tonight and knew we had to get on them early,"
Roy said. "We took some shots and got to the net and good things
happened.

"We were trying to play better defensively and with that team,
they have so much skill that we had to concentrate on that
tonight."

Dallas had been 9-0-3 in its previous dozen games, the longest
unbeaten stretch in the league this season and tied for third-best
in franchise history. The Stars hadn't lost since Dec. 26, when
they were beaten 3-1 at Nashville.

St. Louis added his 23rd on a second-period, short-handed goal.
Ruslan Fedotenko and Dan Boyle had two assists each to help the
Lightning to its fourth victory over Dallas in 23 all-time
meetings.

The line of Lecavalier centering for Roy and Fedotenko accounted
for three goals and four assists.

"That line was tremendous in the first period and we didn't
want to back off," Lightning coach John Tortorella said.

Tampa Bay moved within two points of first-place Washington in
the Southeast Division.

"We want to stay competing and grabbing points right up to the
All-Star break," Tortorella said. "To come in here against a good
hockey team with their record is a big win. The thing that I like
is we held them to just nine scoring chances."

The Stars lost for only the second time this season on home ice,
falling to 16-2-3-1 at American Airlines Center.

Tampa Bay, which had only one victory in its previous 13 road
games, took advantage of a flat start by Dallas when Lecavalier
scored from the right circle at 9:35 of the opening period on a
shot through Stars goaltender Ron Tugnutt's pads.

Roy notched his first of the night 1:16 later, then added his
ninth of the season with 1:41 left in the opening period from the
slot as the puck got through Tugnutt.

That gave the Lightning three goals on six shots. Tugnutt,
getting his second straight start, was replaced by Marty Turco at
the start of the second period.

"The same guy blew two by me," Tugnutt said of Roy, his
teammate in Ottawa. "Having played with him, I know he shoots it
100-105."

The Stars had an apparent goal by Bill Guerin disallowed at 7:17
of the second period. The puck entered the net off the skate of
Guerin on a rebound, but replays showed he used a distinct kicking
motion to score.

St. Louis made it 4-0 at 11:21 of the second period, skating
around Zubov and beating Turco while the Lightning were killing a
penalty.

"You're looking for a spark to get you going, but we were out
of sparks tonight," said Stars coach Dave Tippett, who said the
officials got the no-goal ruling correct.

Game notes
C Mike Modano played in a 993rd game for the Stars, moving
him past Neal Broten for the franchise leadership in games. Modano
also is the franchise leader in goals, assists, points,
game-winning goals and short-handed goals. ...Tampa Bay had been
1-3-2 in its previous six games but is unbeaten in its last three
(2-0-1). The Lightning started the night 3-16-3 all-time against
the Stars. ...With three goals allowed in the first period, the
Stars matched their worst defensive period of the season.