Final

Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Friday, February 28th
Stars3Final
Sabres5
Game 2: Monday, March 31st
Sabres0Final
Stars3

Stars 3

(35-13-2, 87 pts)

Sabres 5

(19-31-5, 51 pts)

7:00 PM ET, February 28, 2003

First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York

1 2 3 T
DAL 1 2 03
BUF 2 1 25

M. Satan (Sabres - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

C. Brown (Sabres - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Buffalo beats Dallas when late goal not allowed

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Sabres heard ''No goal!'' four years too late.

Alexei Kalinin

Buffalo's Alexei Kalinin, left, and Dallas' Mike Modano fight over a loose puck.

Curtis Brown scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and Dallas had an apparent late goal waved off as the Sabres beat the Stars 5-3 on Friday night.

''I walked down the bench and that's exactly what I said to (Buffalo assistant) Scott Arniel,'' Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. ''All of a sudden, they got video review in the building.''

Buffalo lost the 1999 Stanley Cup to Dallas on Brett Hull's disputed goal in the third overtime of Game 6. Hull appeared to violate the man-in-the-crease rule, but after watching the video replay, officials allowed the goal.

The Sabres got a break this time around with 3:18 left when replays showed Claude Lemieux tipped in the potential tying goal with a high stick.

''If the puck had hit closer to my hands on the shaft, it could have been good,'' Lemieux said. ''That's why we have video replay.''

Ales Kotalik, Jason Botterill and Stu Barnes each had a goal and an assist, Brian Campbell scored a goal and Miroslav Satan had three assists for Buffalo, which is 2-1-1 in its last four games.

Buffalo recalled Botterill, who leads the AHL with 36 goals, from Rochester earlier in the day. He played one game earlier in the season for Buffalo and has three goals and eight points in 54 career NHL games.

''He got himself in that area they said he's been best at -- right on top of the crease. I thought he deserved to be out there,'' Ruff said of Botterill.

''I just wanted to go out there and -- it's a simple thing -- but have a lot of fun,'' Botterill said. ''In years past, I was so stressed about what the coaches wanted and who I was playing with that I didn't really enjoy the moment.''

Philippe Boucher, Jere Lehtinen and Derian Hatcher scored for Dallas, which finished its road trip 1-1-1-1.

Ruff refuses to believe the Sabres caught a tired Dallas team. The Stars didn't arrive in Buffalo until almost 5 a.m Friday after having to land in Rochester, N.Y., because of fog.

''And we're not tired?'' Ruff said. ''That's four games in six nights for us. We've had four or five players that have been sick. We haven't practiced. I'm not buying that.''

With the game tied 3-3, Brown took a pass from Kotalik behind the net and fired it past Ron Tugnutt from the edge of the right faceoff circle to give the Sabres the lead with 12:22 left.

Botterill added an insurance goal on the power play with 1:29 left to make it 5-3.

With less than a minute left in the second period, Hatcher tied it 3-3 on the power play.

Lehtinen's 26th goal made it 3-2 with 2:12 left in the second when he wristed a shot past Martin Biron in the slot.

Biron -- making his fourth consecutive start and 44th appearance of the year -- stopped 31 shots, including 15 in the first.

Tugnutt -- starting his eighth game in a row in place of an injured Marty Turco -- stopped 15 shots.

Barnes scored short-handed -- his first goal since Jan. 11 -- when he tipped Rhett Warrener's shot over Tugnutt's right shoulder to make it 3-1 12:17 into the second.

Kotalik started the scoring with his 15th goal 4:42.

Just 51 seconds later, Campbell scored his first goal since March 24 to make it 2-0.

''These are games we're suppose to win,'' Stars forward Scott Young said. ''We are in a long stretch of games we're suppose to win, against teams that aren't even in the playoff.''

Boucher made it 2-1 at 9:24 when Biron couldn't glove his weak wrist shot from the point.

Dallas played without forward Bill Guerin, who bruised a thigh in the game Thursday night. He is day-to-day and will be evaluated Saturday.

Game notes


The Stars also scratched forward Rob DiMaio, who is week-to-week with a bruised chest and forward Kirk Muller (healthy). ... Buffalo put forward Denis Hamel on waivers earlier in the day and also recalled defenseman Radoslav Hecl from Rochester. ... Buffalo scratched defenseman James Patrick (back spasms) and forward Eric Boulton (healthy).

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