ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A third-period flurry put the Dallas Stars back
in a good mood, a day after their 12-game unbeaten streak came to
Pierre Turgeon and Scott Young scored in a 1:48 span midway
through the third period in a 4-2 victory over St. Louis on
Saturday night in a battle of Western Conference heavyweights.
"It was unfortunate what happened last night, but the win does
feel good, to stick with it for 60 minutes,'' goalie Marty Turco
said. ``There was a little extra motivation, but we really don't
need much coming in to play St. Louis."
The conference-leading Stars scored three goals in the third,
also getting an insurance goal from Brenden Morrow. Dallas had been
9-0-3 before a 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday while the Blues, who
entered the night third in the West, are 0-2-1 in their last three
Turgeon caught Brent Johnson out of position at 12:06 of the
third, scoring off the goalie's backside on a bad-angled shot from
the goal line, to tie it at 2. Young got his 11th on a 2-on-1 break
with Mike Modano at 13:54, scoring on a wrist shot to put the Stars
Johnson took full blame for the loss.
"We played a heck of a game, we outplayed them in every area of
the ice," Johnson said. "It's just the soft goals on myself. I
couldn't bail these guys out when I needed to."
Johnson said he was looking for a pass when Turgeon fired from
"I just saw a guy coming into the slot and I was looking out
there," Johnson said. "When I looked back at him, he was shooting
and I was moving. He does that all the time and I know he does
Turgeon and Young are former Blues and were booed heavily after
scoring. Morrow made it 4-2 on a deflection at 15:17 and John
Erskine added a first-period goal as the Stars won despite getting
"I'd be lying if I didn't say it felt a little extra special
just because I played here for four years," Young said. "I'm sure
it feels very good for Pierre, too."
Turgeon said he just shot the puck at Johnson and hoped he'd get
"Johnson likes to go down in the net and I was just hoping it
was going to hit the right spot," Turgeon said. "It turned out to
Pavol Demitra and Al MacInnis scored for the Blues, who lost for
only the second time when leading after two periods. St. Louis is
18-2-0-2 in that situation.
MacInnis' power-play goal, his 13th of the season, had given the
Blues a 2-1 lead at 19:46 of the second period. MacInnis, 39, has a
goal in three of the last four games leads NHL defensemen with 42
points and scored the go-ahead goal when he one-timed a cross-ice
feed from Demitra that deflected off the goal post and in.
"I thought we were in a pretty good spot," MacInnis said. "A
2-1 lead with eight or nine minutes to go, you've got to win those
Dallas allowed the first goal for the eighth time in 10 games,
credited to Demitra at 10:16 of the first period during a 4-on-4
sequence. Turco stopped Tkachuk's break-in and a clearing effort by
the Stars deflected into the net off Demitra.
Erskine tied it at 12:50 with a wrist shot from the point
through traffic that eluded Johnson.
Blues F Doug Weight has gone 26 games without a goal, since
Dec. 5. But he has 26 assists in that span, helping on the Blues'
second goal Saturday and leads the Blues with 52 points. ...
Demitra scored his first goal in five games, but also has four
assists during that span. ... Young has three goals in the last
five games. Before that he had only one in 19 games. ... The teams
have split their first two meetings, the Blues winning 5-3 Oct. 19
in St. Louis.
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Arena: Scottrade Center Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Referees: Mark Faucette, Scott Zelkin Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Dan Schachte
Attendance: 19,841 (103.6% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Pavol Demitra (17)
John Erskine (2)
Al MacInnis (13)
(Power Play) Assists: Pavol Demitra, Doug Weight
Pierre Turgeon (11)
Scott Young (11)
Assists: Mike Modano, Marty Turco