Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Monday, January 27th
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Game 2: Thursday, February 27th
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OT
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Stars 2

(35-12-2, 87 pts)

Senators 3

(40-17-1, 88 pts)

7:00 PM ET, February 27, 2003

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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DAL 1 1 0 02
OTT 1 1 0 13

M. Arvedson (Senators - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

R. Bonk (Senators - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

J. Lehtinen (Stars - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Senators snap Stars' 10-game road unbeaten streak

OTTAWA (AP) -- Magnus Arvedson couldn't have asked for a better way to hit a career milestone.

Magnus Arvedson
Arvedson

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.

Radek Bonk scored the other Ottawa goals. Bill Guerin and Jere Lehtinen countered for Dallas.

"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 my focus.''

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 Hossa.

"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.''

Game notes


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 the Stars.

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