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Stars need to find replacements with Guerin now out

3/3/2003

DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Stars are counting on Jason Arnott and
Jere Lehtinen to ease their adjustment to life without power
forward Bill Guerin.

Arnott scored twice, and Lehtinen stretched his goal-scoring
streak to four games as the Stars handed the Pittsburgh Penguins
their fifth consecutive defeat, 3-1 Sunday night.

Guerin, Dallas' second-leading scorer, is expected to miss the
rest of the regular season due to a severely bruised right thigh.
Guerin remained in a Dallas hospital recovering from surgery. He
missed his second consecutive game.

''Bill Guerins are not born on trees,'' Stars coach Dave Tippett
said. ''All parts of his game will be missed. Other guys have to
fill in and we definitely have the people capable of doing that.''

Lehtinen scored midway through the first period, Arnott added a
power-play goal later in the first, and Arnott fired into an empty
net in the final minute for Dallas, 2-1-3-1 in its last seven.

Mario Lemieux's power-play goal with 1:48 left spoiled Ron
Tugnutt's bid for his third shutout of the season.

Lemieux, playing his first game in Dallas since Jan. 19, 2001,
beat Tugnutt from the left circle off a pass from Martin Straka.

But Arnott scored his 17th goal with 56.3 seconds remaining to
restore Dallas' two-goal lead.

''It was definitely tough news,'' Arnott said of Guerin's
injury. ''We thought he was only going to be out a couple of weeks.
We have to move on and everyone has to chip in and we did that
tonight.''

Lemieux had few scoring chances until his goal. He had an
opportunity four minutes into the second period when he took the
puck down the left side and got around defenseman Phillippe
Boucher, but was stopped from close range by Tugnutt.

The Penguins, outscored 13-2 in their last three games, continue
to scratch for goals.

''It just seems like nobody can score in the last few games,
especially on the road,'' Lemieux said. ''We have got to get more
people involved. You're not going to win many games when you score
one goal. If the puck isn't moving quick enough, it's hard to
score. We're still trying to learn how to do that.''

Tugnutt, making his ninth consecutive start with top goalie Marty
Turco out because of a sprained ankle, stopped 19 shots. Tugnutt,
who allowed 13 goals in his previous three games, smothered Shean
Donovan's redirect with 6:52 remaining.

Lehtinen scored his career-best 27th goal on a one-timer from
the slot off a feed from Niko Kapanen to give Dallas a 1-0 lead at
12:24 of the first period.

Arnott made it 2-0 at 17:58 of the first while the Stars held a
two-man advantage. Arnott set up to the right of the Pittsburgh
goalie Sebastien Caron and converted Pierre Turgeon's goal-mouth
pass.

While the Stars moved closer to wrapping up a playoff berth, the
Penguins need to pick up the pace quickly if they are going to
qualify for the postseason.

''It's really tough right now,'' Caron said. ''We can still be
there and we have to believe that until we're mathematically
eliminated. The last goal was a good sign. We played 60 minutes
tonight and that's what we have to continue to do. Mario's goal was
a big one for us, it put us right back in the game, but
unfortunately they took advantage of an empty net.''

Game notes
Dallas left wing Brenden Morrow missed his ninth consecutive game due
to a bruised chest, but he could return to the lineup by midweek.
... Dallas opened with a strong positional period, outshooting
Pittsburgh 17-6. ... Lehtinen already has two more goals than last
season when he established his previous career high. ... Lehtinen's
previous best goal-scoring streak was three games in the 2000-2001
season.