Final OT

Series (Game 5 of 5)

Dallas leads 3-0

Game 1: Saturday, October 12th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 20th
Game 3: Monday, November 25th
Game 4: Saturday, February 8th
Game 5: Friday, February 21st

Coyotes 2

(23-25-4, 58 pts)

Stars 2

(34-12-1, 83 pts)

8:30 PM ET, February 21, 2003

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

1 2 3 OT T
ARI 1 1 0 02
DAL 1 0 1 02

R. Tugnutt (Stars - G): Saves: 22, Save Pct.: .917

J. Arnott (Stars - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

B. Boucher (Coyotes - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .939

Dallas ends 0-for-35 drought just in time for tie

DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Stars came back again, this time thanks to their normally punchless power play.

Jason Arnott

Dallas' Jason Arnott (44) is all smiles after his third-period goal against Phoenix.

Jason Arnott broke Dallas' 0-for-35 power-play drought with 6:27 remaining in regulation to lift the Stars into a 2-2 tie with the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night.

Arnott picked a loose puck out of the air with his stick, brought it to the ice and fired it past Coyotes goaltender Brian Boucher from close range as the Stars rallied twice from deficits.

Dallas rallied to tie for the second consecutive game. The Stars have won or tied in 11 of the 19 games in which they trailed after two periods this season.

''It's not getting old,'' said Stars defenseman Derian Hatcher, who added a goal. ''We don't like being in the position where we have to come back, but it's nice to know we can do it. The more we do it, the more it builds.''

The Stars hadn't scored on a power play since Feb. 5 at St. Louis.

''All power plays go through droughts, although ours has been longer than most,'' Stars coach Dave Tippett said. ''You start to press. You look for people to step up and take the bull by the horns, and tonight (Arnott) did.''

The Coyotes are unbeaten in their past five games (4-0-1), and while their four-game winning streak is over, earning a point bolsters their attempt to climb into playoff contention in the Western Conference.

Daniel Briere had given the Coyotes a 2-1 lead midway through the second period. Kelly Buchberger added a first-period short-handed goal for Phoenix, 0-3-2 in the season series against Dallas that concluded Friday night.

''It's a big point for us,'' Briere said. ''We played last night (a 2-1 victory at Chicago), we were on the road against the best team in the NHL.''

Stars goaltender Ron Tugnutt, who stopped 22 shots, made the initial save after Briere skated up the middle, but Briere knocked in his 15th goal of the season off his own rebound at 9:23 of the second period.

Tugnutt made a key play with 2:15 left in overtime when he poked the puck away from Daymond Lankow on a breakaway.

''I usually save that (poke check) for special occasions,'' said Tugnutt, subbing for injured starter Marty Turco.

Dallas' Bill Guerin got a slashing penalty with 30.6 seconds left, then picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty when he protested the call. But the Coyotes failed to generate a good scoring chance on the brief power play.

Hatcher scored a first-period goal for the Stars, who wrapped up a 3-1-2 homestand, longest of the season.

''As much as I love our arena and our fans, it's time for a change of scene,'' Tippett said. ''On the road we play a simpler game. We don't give up as many chances. We've been a little flat. We haven't had that extra zip.''

Dallas is 16-2-6 in its last 24 games and is 21-3-6-1 at home.

Phoenix took a 1-0 lead at 8:06 of the opening period when Buchberger scored his second of the season from the slot while the Stars were on a power play.

Dallas tied it at 1-1 on Hatcher's backhand from the slot with 5:15 left in a first period that included three separate fights.

Game notes

The Stars honored former players Guy Carbonneau and Andy Moog for their contributions to the franchise before the game. Carbonneau is a team executive and Moog is the Stars' goaltending coach. ... Dallas defenseman Richard Matvichuk took a regular turn in the rotation after being activated off injured reserve before the game. Matvichuk missed 14 games. ... Dallas' six-game homestand tied for the longest in franchise history. ... The Coyotes haven't lost since a team meeting following a 3-0 defeat to New Jersey on Feb. 12. ... The Stars have scored three goals or less in eight consecutive games.

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