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Guerin gets goal as clock expires, Stars go on to win

DALLAS (AP) -- After going 18 games without a goal, Bill Guerin
scored just in time for the Dallas Stars.

Guerin scored with less than a second remaining in the second
period, finally converting a power play for the Stars in a 4-2
victory over Nashville on Monday night in their last home game
until March.

"His timing was perfect," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said.
"Going into the third period with the lead, you should win.
Especially when you score right at the buzzer. It's really
deflating."

The puck went in as the horn was sounding and the clock read
0.00. So after waiting since Dec. 29 to finally score again, Guerin
had to wait a couple of more minutes while officials reviewed the
goal that came on the Stars' 10th power play.

"I knew it was in," Guerin said.

Dallas led 2-1 when officials awarded the goal and reset the
clock to 0.9 seconds.

"When you get scored against in the final minute, it's a little
disheartening," Nashville forward Steve Sullivan said. "It's a
momentum shifter."

The Stars were scrambling to get a late shot off when Janne
Niinimaa got the puck at the point, and sent it toward the front of
the net. Guerin gathered the pass just outside the post and swiped
it in.

Dallas (37-15-3) matched Detroit at the top of the Western
Conference with 77 points. The Stars play their next three games
before the Olympic break on the road, and won't be back home until
March 4 against Colorado.

Guerin, the Stars' highest-paid player at $6.7 million this
season and their top goal scorer in 2003-04, threw his hands in the
air when he finally converted. His third goal in 35 games, and
ninth of the season, put the Stars up 2-1.

"When he plays like that, he's a dangerous player," said Stu
Barnes, whose goal earlier in the period tied the game. "We know
what kind of scorer he is, but he's been doing a lot of other
things to help the club."

Niinimaa, who missed the previous seven games with an ankle
injury, added an unassisted short-handed goal 3:25 into the third
period to make it 3-1. Mike Modano scored his 18th three minutes
later.

Paul Kariya had a goal and an assist for the Predators
(33-16-6), who are second in the Central Division, five points
behind the Red Wings. Mark Eaton, in his 54th game, scored his
first goal of the season at 11:37 of the third period.

Tomas Vokoun, who had 40 saves in a shutout victory over Chicago
on Saturday, stopped 36 shots against Dallas. But he also made a
crucial error that led to Niinimaa's short-handed goal.

Vokoun came out to the left circle and tried to pass the puck,
except Scott Hartnell wasn't expecting it and was skating toward
the bench. As Vokoun tried to recover, he fell down.

"I pushed him the puck, but he just turned around and went to
the bench," Vokoun said. "Maybe I should have kept it."

Niklas Hagman slapped a shot toward the open net, but defenseman
Marek Zidlicky made a sliding save to deflect the puck. Niinimaa
then got the rebound near the same area where Vokoun had been, and
knocked it in.

Marty Turco stopped 17 shots for Dallas.

Dallas got even at 1-all on Barnes' 12th goal at 12:26 of the
second period, after Mathias Tjarnqvist made a pass from behind the
net.

Kariya scored the game's first goal 5:04 in when he flicked a
shot into the front corner of the net. The play was reviewed before
Kariya was awarded his 18th goal.

Dallas appeared to tie the game less than two minutes later, but
officials had whistled the puck dead for a high-sticking call
against Tjarnqvist before he slipped the puck past Vokoun.

Game notes
There were 22 penalties. The Stars were 1-of-11 on power
plays, and Nashville 0-for-7. ... Nashville hadn't allowed a
power-play goal the previous three games, stopping 19 chances in
those games and nine more against the Stars before Guerin's goal.
... Vokoun has faced 126 shots the last three games. ... The
Predators play back-to-back games against Detroit on Wednesday and
Thursday.