OTTAWA (AP) -- Magnus Arvedson couldn't have asked for a better
way to hit a career milestone.
He picked up his 200th career point by scoring at 2:24 of
overtime, and the Ottawa Senators took over the NHL points lead
with a 3-2 victory Thursday night over the Dallas Stars.
"I should have saved the puck,'' Arvedson said. "Getting 200
points for a guy who never really scored is pretty good.
"I was just trying to work hard. I'm pretty satisfied with 200
points in the NHL.''
Heading into the game, the teams were tied in the race for the
Presidents' Trophy with 86 points. The team with the most points at
the end of the season is guaranteed home-ice advantage throughout
the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Vancouver had 85 points entering its late game with San Jose,
and with a victory at home over the Sharks would tie Dallas for the
Western Conference lead and home-ice there in the postseason.
"We knew it was going to be a hard-fought game and it was,''
Guerin said. "They got one in their building.''
Arvedson netted the winner off a rebound from Mike Fisher, who
picked the puck after Stars defenseman Philippe Bouche tripped at
his own blue line. Arvedson also had two assists.
The game had all the intensity and excitement of a playoff
matchup, but was overshadowed by Rod Bryden, the Senators' former majority owner.
He announced that his offer to repurchase the team had failed
and it would now be going up for auction.
"That's unfortunate but that's not my department,'' Ottawa
coach Jacques Martin said. "It was a great win tonight and that's
The loss ended the Stars' 10-game (7-0-3) unbeaten streak on the
road and was their first against a Canadian team this season.
Dallas took a 1-0 lead, with Guerin getting a power-play goal
with 5:36 remaining in the first period. Guerin picked up his 25th
of the season as a weak shot bounced off Ottawa defenseman Karel
Rachunek and got by goalie Patrick Lalime.
Bonk tied the game with 1:39 remaining in the period. Mike
Modano lost the puck up at the blue-line where Arvedson picked it
up and backhanded it to Bonk, who beat Ron Tugnutt with a quick wrist shot.
Arvedson scored the winner on former teammate Ron Tugnutt, whose
five-game unbeaten streak came to an end.
"It felt good to be back,'' Tugnutt said. "But things didn't
go the way we wanted to, but at least we got the point.''
Lehtinen beat Lalime midway through the second period to give
the Stars a 2-1 lead.
Bonk picked up his second goal with seven minutes remaining in
the period, converting a pass from behind the net from Marian
"I'm really happy for the team,'' Arvedson said. "It means a
lot to beat one of the best teams. It shows we can stand up against
a bigger team like them.''
Ottawa was without defenseman Zdeno Chara for the sixth
straight game as he recovers from a chest injury. ... RW Martin
Havlat missed his fourth game due with a groin injury. ... John
Erskine, Manny Malhotra and Aaron Downey were healthy scratches for