DALLAS (AP) -- Sergei Zubov wasn't looking for a pretty goal,
just a big one.
The Dallas defenseman scored the tiebreaking goal from outside
the blue line with 3:07 left and the Stars rallied from two goals
down in the third period to beat the Ottawa Senators 5-3 Wednesday
Zubov dumped the puck toward the Ottawa net from midway between
the red and blue lines, and goaltender Patrick Lalime fumbled the
puck, which skittered toward the goal line.
Bill Guerin skated to the net to try to tap the puck over the
line and was originally credited with the goal. But replays showed
Ottawa defenseman Brian Polthier's stick actually sent the puck
over the line and, after the game, the official scorer credited
Zubov with his sixth goal.
"I was just trying to put it on net and hope for a rebound,"
Zubov said. "We had two guys going (to the net), so hopefully it
would come out and we'd get a shot at the rebound."
Scott Young added an insurance goal from the left circle 74
seconds later, giving Dallas a 5-3 edge.
"Especially on the road, you get a two-goal lead and you know
they're going to come back," Lalime said. "But what am I going to
say, it's bad to lose that way."
Martin Havlat and Wade Redden had second-period goals during a
five-minute power play, and Peter Schaefer added a short-handed
tally later in the same period to give the Senators a 3-1 lead.
But Modano got a power-play goal from the right circle at 1:56
of the third period, then Turgeon backhanded a rebound into an open
net at 3:01 to tie it.
Modano broke a streak of nine games without a goal and gave his
team a spark.
"That lifted everybody for the rest of the game," Young said.
The Senators are 14-3-4 in their last 21 games.
Dallas is 11-4-5 over its last 20 games.
The Stars got the only goal of the first period on David
Oliver's fourth of the season at 3:23.
Ottawa got a five-minute power play early in the second period
when Dallas' Steve Ott received a major penalty for charging.
Ott plowed into Senators defenseman Curtis Leschyshyn along the
boards, and Leschyshyn left for the night with a cut on his
forehead that required 22 stitches. Ott also received a game
misconduct for the hit.
"It was a little excessive," Leschyshyn said of Ott's check.
The Senators cashed in on the power play for the first time at
2:32 when Radek Bonk's centering pass went into the net off
Havlat's skate. Ottawa took a 2-1 lead 3:02 later when Redden got
his 12th goal from the slot.
Schaefer added his 12th at 12:05 of the second period while the
Stars were on a power play. Schaefer skated alone into the Dallas
zone, and Stars goaltender Marty Turco skated out to the middle of
the right circle to play the puck.
Schaefer got there first, chipping the puck over the fallen
goaltender and into the net.
Dallas responded with its first four-goal period of the season.
"The second period, their power play wore us down," Stars
coach Dave Tippett said. "But in the third period our team found a
way to score enough to win."
Ottawa coach Jacques Martin felt his team let down after
building its two-goal lead.
"It's surprising, but in some ways no, because after we took
the lead in the second period I didn't think we were very good,"
Martin said. "I think we tried to be too fancy and gave them some
Young returned to the lineup after missing the previous
five games with back spasms. ... Ottawa has at least one power-play
goal in 12 of its last 13 games. ... The teams played each other
for the only time this season.
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Arena: American Airlines Center Location: Dallas, Texas
Referees: Dan O'Halloran, Stephen Walkom Linesmen: Andy McElman, Thor Nelson
Attendance: 18,006 (97.2% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
David Oliver (4)
Assists: Steve Ott, Sergei Zubov
Martin Havlat (16)
(Power Play) Assists: Radek Bonk, Marian Hossa
Wade Redden (12)
(Power Play) Assists: Martin Havlat, Marian Hossa
Peter Schaefer (12)
(Shorthanded) Assists: Zdeno Chara, Patrick Lalime
Mike Modano (8)
(Power Play) Assists: Sergei Zubov, Jere Lehtinen
Pierre Turgeon (5)
Assists: Stu Barnes, Scott Young