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Stars rally from 3 down to top Oilers

2/29/2004

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.