Series (Game 4 of 4)

Dallas leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 26th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 6th
Game 3: Monday, March 17th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 25th

Stars 4

(42-17-3, 102 pts)

Canucks 3

(43-21-1, 99 pts)

10:00 PM ET, March 25, 2003

Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

1 2 3 T
DAL 0 2 24
VAN 1 0 23

S. Young (Stars - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

T. Bertuzzi (Canucks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

M. Naslund (Canucks - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

Stars goalie Turco unbeaten in 16 games

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Scott Young didn't think he would need a second goal to beat the Vancouver Canucks.


Young's first goal gave the Dallas Stars a two-goal lead 3:45 into the third, but the Canucks rallied to tie it before he put away a 4-3 win on the power play with 4:31 left Tuesday night.

"It looks like we're in control and the crowd's kind of out of it and then they come storming back,'' Young, who also added an assist, said of his first goal.

Markus Naslund answered with his 45th just 61 seconds later and Todd Bertuzzi tied it with his NHL-best 46th on a power play at 12:58.

"All the momentum was in their favor,'' Young said. "It was unfortunate we let them back into the game, but fortunately we got that power play.''

Trevor Linden was penalized for tackling Derian Hatcher after a questionable hit on Naslund, and Young restored the lead for good after a perfect cross-crease feed from Mike Modano.

"I wasn't sure if I had an angle to put it in or not so I thought I'd try it and it ends up going straight in,'' said Young, who one-timed a sharp angle shot past Alex Auld for his seventh goal in five games.

Canucks coach Marc Crawford was upset Young even got the chance after Hatcher's hit.

"To fight through all we had to fight through, it's unfortunate a game is decided on a blown call,'' Crawford said. "It was a late hit and regardless of whether it was late, it was a high hit. Was Trevor's a penalty? Yes, but we shouldn't have been in that predicament because two officials shouldn't have missed that.''

Jason Arnott and Sergei Zubov also scored for the Stars, who stayed within a point of first-place Detroit in the Western Conference, three ahead of Vancouver.

Bertuzzi and Naslund both added two assists, and Brendan Morrison also scored for the Canucks, who are just four points up on Colorado in the Northwest Division.

"In the third we picked it up, but we've got to play a solid 60 minutes,'' said Naslund, who leads the league with 99 points.

Marty Turco made 27 saves for his second straight win since coming back from a high ankle sprain. He also extended his unbeaten streak to 16 games -- 12-0-4 -- dating to Dec. 29.

"It feels great,'' Turco said of the injury that kept him out of 18 games. "It felt sharp only being my second game back and I felt good personally despite making some mistakes out there.''

Turco was beaten from a sharp angle by Naslund and took a penalty with 7:45 left for pummeling Trevor Letowski after the two got tangled in the crease. Bertuzzi banged in Naslund's rebound on the ensuing power play to tie it.

"If it would have ended up a tie game I would have been totally disappointed,'' Turco said.

Morrison opened the scoring in the final minute of a tight-checking first period, but the Stars dominated in the second.

Dallas was outshooting Vancouver 7-0 when Arnott tied it at 6:54 by redirecting Stu Barnes' pass past Auld.

"The second period we came out jumping, we were hungry for pucks and I thought we dictated play,'' Stars coach Dave Tippet said.

Zubov gave Dallas the lead on the power play with four minutes left in the period that saw the Stars outshoot Vancouver 14-3.

After hitting the post once and having a shot bounce out just 15 seconds earlier, Zubov got another shot. This time he took Young's drop pass and ripped the puck over Auld's glove, off the post and in with four minutes left in the second.

Turco, who quickly played the puck up ice to Young after Zubov's first shot was cleared, picked up the second assist.

Auld made his second straight start, supplanting former backup Peter Skudra as the second-string goalie while Dan Cloutier recovers from a nagging right knee injury. Auld, recalled from the AHL on Sunday, made 30 saves.

Game notes

Cloutier, who returned for two games last week after missing 10, skated for 15 minutes Tuesday morning and said he expects to return Thursday against Phoenix. ... Barnes, acquired from Buffalo just before the trade deadline, has a point in six straight games. ... Dallas is 11-2-2-1 against Canadian teams this season, including 3-1 against Vancouver. ... Auld was 2-0 against Dallas, including a win in his first NHL game Jan. 23 of last season and a 4-2 victory in Dallas last Monday.

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