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Stars strike quickly in win over Canadiens

11/13/2002

MONTREAL (AP) -- Pierre Turgeon added another Montreal souvenir
to his NHL scrapbook.

Turgeon got his 1,200th career point as Sergei Zubov, Manny
Malhotra and Jason Arnott each scored first-period goals to lead
the Dallas Stars to a 4-2 victory Tuesday night over the Montreal
Canadiens.

Turgeon -- the Canadiens' captain when the team moved from the
Forum to the Molson (now Bell) Centre in March 1996 -- assisted on
Arnott's goal which put Dallas up 3-0 just 10:07 in.

He has 471 goals and 729 assists in 1091 regular-season games
since being chosen first overall by Buffalo in the 1987 draft.

"I love that,'' said Turgeon, a native of Rouyn, Quebec. "I
think it does something being in Montreal and getting 1,200 points.
I'm glad that it was here.''

Jere Lehtinen scored into an empty net with 16.5 seconds left,
and Ron Tugnutt made 21 saves in his 500th career game as the Stars
improved to 3-1-1 in their last five.

Dallas evened its record at 1-1 on a three-game road trip that
concludes Wednesday in Washington.

Montreal's Oleg Petrov scored in the second period, and Richard
Zednik got his eighth of the season with 12:12 remaining in the
third to cut the lead to one.

"We came out pretty hard and I thought we dominated the first
part of the game,'' Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "They ended up
getting a fortunate one that bounced through and kind of gave them
some life.''

The Canadiens, who outshot Dallas 11-6 in the third, pressed for
the tying goal throughout the period until Lehtinen scored at
19:43.

"They were a different team after they scored that second
goal,'' Turgeon said. "They were much more dangerous. It was an
exciting third period for the fans but it wasn't good for us.''

The Canadiens, outshot 33-23 overall, including 16-6 in the
second, lost for just the second time in eight games (4-2-2).

"It doesn't matter how much talent you have on your team, if
you don't play the system and you don't work hard, you're not going
to get the two points,'' Canadiens captain Saku Koivu said. "We
played terrible for 20 minutes and the last 40 we played better,
but you have to show up for 60 minutes to win these games.''

Montreal right wing Mariusz Czerkawski was given a kneeing minor
penalty for an open ice hip check on Stars defenseman Richard
Matvichuk 1:06 in.

Dallas wasted no time taking advantage as Zubov opened the
scoring with his second of the season on the ensuing power play.
The defenseman beat goalie Jose Theodore with a slap shot from the
right point at 1:51.

Malhotra got his first of the season to make it 2-0 at 6:41.
Stars right wing Rob DiMaio caught Theodore out of position and
passed to Malhotra, who drove the puck into a wide open net from
the goal mouth.

Turgeon got his milestone point 3:26 later when Arnott tipped
his pass from the left boards past Theodore from the edge of the
crease to put Dallas up by three.

Petrov got his fourth of the season to draw Montreal within 3-1
at 2:02 of the second when Yanic Perreault's pass from the right
boards deflected off his left leg and through Tugnutt's legs.

Zednik cut the lead to one 7:48 into the third with his eighth
of the season.

"We would always like to play like we did in the third period,
but there's no plan to start playing in the third period,''
Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said.

Game notes
Turgeon played one full season and parts of two others for
Montreal in 1995-96. ... Stars C Mike Modano remained three points
short of 1,000 for his career. ... Dallas evened its road record at
4-4-3. The Stars are 5-0-0-1 at home this season. ... The Canadiens
finished a 2-2-0 homestand. ... Montreal LW Bill Lindsay sent Stars
D Stephane Robidas flying into the boards with a check in the first
period.