Series (Game 2 of 4)

Dallas leads 2-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 19th
Game 2: Saturday, January 25th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 5th
Game 4: Sunday, March 23rd

Stars 4

(28-11-1, 68 pts)

Blues 2

(26-15-4, 62 pts)

8:00 PM ET, January 25, 2003

Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri

1 2 3 T
DAL 1 0 34
STL 1 1 02

P. Turgeon (Stars - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

S. Young (Stars - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

P. Demitra (Blues - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Turgeon and Young play key role in third period

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 an end.

 Pierre Turgeon

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 games.

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 ahead.

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 the corner.

"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 that."

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 outshot 33-21.

"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 lucky.

"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 be good."

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 games."

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.

Game notes
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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