Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 4)

Dallas leads 3-0

Game 1: Saturday, October 11th
Game 2: Saturday, November 1st
Game 3: Sunday, November 2nd
Game 4: Friday, December 26th

Stars 1

(6-4-0, 13 pts)

Predators 1

(4-5-0, 9 pts)

8:00 PM ET, November 1, 2003

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 OT T
DAL 0 1 0 01
NSH 1 0 0 01

G. Johnson (Predators - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

T. Vokoun (Predators - G): Saves: 27, Save Pct.: .964

R. DiMaio (Stars - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Dallas 1, Nashville 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- No winner emerged in the first of back-to-back games between the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators.

Rob DiMaio scored the tying goal in the second period, and the Stars played to a 1-1 draw Saturday night with the Predators. The teams meet again Sunday in Dallas.

"This was a defensive-style hockey game and we played a solid game," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said.

The Predators had the best chance to win in overtime when David Legwand had a one-on-one opportunity against Dallas goalie Marty Turco, but Turco dived out of the net and poked the puck away from Legwand with 29 seconds left.

"It is the element of surprise," Turco said. "That's what helped me knock it from him."

Turco made 25 saves in the first ever tie between the teams.

"I thought Marty was excellent," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. "He challenged people. He came up with the big saves. This is a real positive step for Marty."

Greg Johnson gave Nashville a 1-0 lead in the first period.

Dallas got even at 10:09 of the middle period when Pierre Turgeon made a pass from just inside the blue line that reached DiMaio midway in the slot. DiMaio one-timed a shot over goaltender Tomas Vokoun's left shoulder.

Nashville grabbed the early lead when Kimmo Timonen's shot from above the left circle bounced off Johnson's stick as he stood near the left goal post. The puck then caromed off Dallas goaltender Turco and went back on Johnson's stick.

Johnson then shot the puck behind Turco at 13:41.

Vokoun stopped 27 Dallas shots.

The Predators were fresh off a 5-3 victory over Detroit in a game that featured nine fights. Against the Stars, the play was much more controlled and there was just one fight.

"This was a very different game, and I thought we handled it well," Johnson said. "This game was not as physical. It was more methodical, rather than the emotional, up-and-down game we had the other night."

Trotz said he was happy his team was able to adapt to different styles in two games, and he said the Predators might carry some momentum into Sunday's rematch.

"Maybe there is a little more confidence for us since we had a few more scoring chances," he said. "If they had beaten us badly here, it would feel a little different going there."

Game notes

Johnson has scored three goals in his last two games. ... Nashville has scored 12 of its 23 goals this season in the second period. ... This was the second straight overtime game for the Stars, who beat Calgary 4-3 Wednesday night. ... This was only the second overtime game between these teams.

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