Series (Game 2 of 2)

Dallas leads 2-0

Game 1: Tuesday, November 12th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 4th

Canadiens 1

(10-10-1, 25 pts)

Stars 5

(16-6-1, 38 pts)

8:30 PM ET, December 4, 2002

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

1 2 3 T
MTL 0 1 01
DAL 1 1 35

J. Arnott (Stars - C): Goals: 3, Assists: 0

P. Turgeon (Stars - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

S. Young (Stars - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Stars remain unbeaten at home in regulation

DALLAS (AP) -- Dave Tippett's decision to use Jason Arnott, Pierre Turgeon and Scott Young on the Dallas Stars' second line is producing impressive results.

Jason Arnott

Arnott scored three goals, two on setups by Turgeon, and the Stars remained unbeaten at home in regulation with a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

Arnott had his fourth career hat trick and the first by a Dallas player since Brett Hull scored four times on March 21, 2001.

"We're really clicking right now,'' said Arnott after recording the first hat trick at American Airlines Center, which opened before last season. "We had chances before, but we were getting some bad bounces. Tonight, we were chipping in our opportunities.''

Tippett started the season with Turgeon centering a line that included Young, and both players struggled with a variety of left wings. Tippett then moved Turgeon to left wing and put Arnott in the middle with Young on the right side. Arnott missed nine games early with an ankle injury, then broke a finger when he returned. But the line continues to thrive.

In the last five games, Turgeon has 10 assists, Arnott has five goals and an assist, and Young has four goals and an assist.

"I was rolling the dice and it worked out,'' Tippett said of the line's success. "Give the players credit for making it work. Jason's really starting to come around. He has that look in his eye.''

Jere Lehtinen and Mike Modano added third-period goals for Dallas, which is 10-0-0-1 at home this season.

Marty Turco made 25 saves, and the Stars killed off all seven Montreal power plays.

Dallas got back on track after a tie and a loss in its previous two games. The Stars were coming off a three-day break after playing seven games in an 11-day span.

"It certainly helped us,'' Tippett said. "You could tell there was more zip in practice. We're feeling good about ourselves again. We're hungry to go after it again.''

Doug Gilmour scored a second-period goal, and Jose Theodore stopped 29 shots for the Canadiens, who are 1-5 in their last six.

The Stars got off to another fast start, grabbing a 1-0 lead at 8:50 of the opening period when Turgeon, once the Canadiens captain, directed a goal-mouth pass to Arnott, who fired into an open net before Theodore could get to the right post.

Dallas has outscored opponents 34-13 in the first period this season. The Stars held a 9-0 shots advantage over the first 10 minutes, 13-5 in the first period.

"They were a lot better than us the first 10 minutes,'' Montreal center Saku Koivu said. "Then we were able to match their work ethic.''

Montreal tied it at 1 with Gilmour's third goal on a second effort from in front of the net at 3:13 of the second period.

The Stars went back in front 2-1 at 12:10 of the second on Arnott's close-in backhand off a feed from Turgeon.

Lehtinen scored his 10th off his own rebound with 16:02 left to push the advantage to 3-1.

Arnott notched his third of the night and seventh of the season, and Modano scored his 11th, in the third period to close out the Canadiens.

"When opponents get a two-goal lead on us, we don't play the whole 60 minutes,'' Koivu said. "That's what happened tonight.''

Game notes

Arnott's last hat trick was Feb. 10, 2002, for the New Jersey Devils. ... The Canadiens last played in Dallas on Nov. 11, 2000, a 2-0 Stars victory. ... LW Chad Kilger and RW Mariusz Czerkawski were healthy scratches for Montreal, Kilger for the seventh time this season, Czerkawski for the sixth. Both players have been the subject of trade rumors. ... Dallas is 5-0-2 in its last seven against Montreal. ... Theodore, last season's NHL MVP, is 0-5-1 against the Stars.

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