Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Tuesday, January 20th
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Oilers3
Game 2: Sunday, February 29th
Oilers4Final
OT
Stars5
Game 3: Wednesday, March 24th
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OT
Oilers3
Game 4: Wednesday, March 31st
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Stars1

Oilers 4

(26-27-2, 64 pts)

Stars 5

(32-22-0, 75 pts)

3:00 PM ET, February 29, 2004

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

1 2 3 OT T
EDM 1 3 0 04
DAL 1 1 2 15

B. Guerin (Stars - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 2

B. Morrow (Stars - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

S. Staios (Oilers - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Stars rally from 3 down to top Oilers

DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Stars needed a wild comeback to maintain their dominance over the Edmonton Oilers.

Bill Guerin scored his second goal of the game 55 seconds into overtime and the Stars rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Oilers 5-4 Sunday.

The Oilers are 1-17-2-1 in Dallas since the Stars moved from Minnesota before the 1993-94 season. Edmonton's last regular-season victory in Texas was Jan. 17, 1996.

"The Dallas Stars are not liked in Edmonton, and for good reason," said Guerin, a former Oilers player.

The Stars extended their home-unbeaten streak to 11 games (7-0-4) by storming back from a 4-1 hole they fell into late in the second period.

Guerin pushed the Stars' home unbeaten streak against the Oilers to 16 games (15-0-1) when he scored his 27th goal of the season with a one-timer from the right circle off a behind-the-net pass from Pierre Turgeon.

"Turgeon has been great behind the net his whole career," Guerin said. "He tells guys to get open and he'll find you, and that's exactly what happened."

Dallas' overall home-unbeaten streak is the longest current run in the NHL.

Edmonton got second-period goals from Raffi Torres, Fernando Pisani and Ryan Smyth to build its three-goal advantage.

But Brenden Morrow scored a power-play goal late in the second period, Philippe Boucher made it a one-goal game with 18:34 left, and Teppo Numminen drew the Stars even at 4 with 15:08 remaining in regulation.

The Oilers came away with a point for the overtime loss, but they had a chance to do better as they attempt to climb into the Western Conference playoff race. Edmonton is in 10th place with 17 games remaining.

"We didn't have composure; we started to panic with the puck," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "Two of the goals, guys are open in the slot uncontested in the most dangerous area on the ice. It's so unbelievably frustrating for everybody to see a game like that slip through our fingers. The clock is ticking, and this overshadows what was a great effort by our team for most of the game."

The Oilers were upset about a boarding penalty assessed to Jason Chimera at 15:42 of the second period, leading to Morrow's power-play goal.

"The power play at the end of the second turned the momentum around," MacTavish said. "It was a great hit by Chimera. If he didn't finish the hit, we'd have been ticked off at him. It's just a bad call. But we couldn't kill the penalty. You expect your penalty killers to come through in that situation."

Dallas' last successful comeback from a three-goal deficit was against Edmonton on Dec. 1, 2001. In that game, the Stars trailed 3-0 before winning 6-4.

The Stars capitalized on the first of five power plays 2:11 in when Guerin lifted a rebound over sprawling goaltender Tommy Salo.

Edmonton tied it at 1-all at 12:17 of the first period on Steve Staios' shot from the point.

Torres' deflection at 1:11 of the second period gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead, then Edmonton capitalized on a mistake by Dallas goaltender Marty Turco for Pisani's short-handed goal.

Turco came out of his net to play the puck but was unable to gain control. Pisani took possession and scored his 10th goal at 4:29 before Turco could slide back into position.

Smyth's goal from the left circle at 14:42 of the second made it 4-1.

Left wing Shayne Corson made his Stars debut, playing on the fourth line. The 37-year-old veteran of 17 NHL seasons had been working into game shape after signing as a free agent Feb. 18.

Corson, who quit the Toronto Maple Leafs in the midst of the playoffs last season, got 8:05 of ice time.

"It was a lot of fun," Corson said. "I was nervous those first two periods. I felt like I left my legs in Toronto, but in the third I felt like I got into a nice flow."

Game notes


Smyth has nine points in six games. ... Edmonton is 6-31-4-1 against Dallas in the regular season since the Stars moved. ... Boucher's seven goals this season tie his career high.

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