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Excuse me, dad

Hull passes father in career goals, helps Stars win 3-1

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Latest: Tuesday October 10, 2000 08:29 AM

  Brendan Morrow, Brett Hull, Roman Lyashenko Thanks to an assist from Brenden Morrow (left), Brett Hull (center) moved past his legendary father on the NHL's career goal-scoring list. AP

TORONTO (AP) -- Although Brett Hull plays nothing like his father did, he's now ahead of him on the all-time goals list.

Hull scored his 611th goal, breaking a tie with his father, Bobby, as Dallas Stars defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 Monday night.

"It's kind of eerie to be able to put up the same numbers, and yet be so opposite," Hull said. "I think it makes it more special.

"The first thing you should notice is 'Holy cow, this kid can't skate a lick, and his father was one of the most graceful guys to ever play the game with power and speed,' and I'm the dead opposite. I play the game more from the brain as opposed to the body."

Hull is now three goals short of passing Mario Lemieux for eighth place all-time.

"No matter how many goals I've scored, I'm certainly not flashy, and when you're not flashy, you almost look like a plumber out there and they forget about you," Hull said.

"Plus, I'm not a big celebrator or very physical, so you don't have people thinking about you and that's how to stay invisible."

Goal Oriented
NHL career goal leaders
Wayne Gretzky  894 
Gordie Howe  801 
Marcel Dionne  731 
Phil Esposito  717 
Mike Gartner  708 
Steve Yzerman*  627 
Mark Messier*  627 
Mario Lemieux  613 
Brett Hull 611 
Bobby Hull  610 
Dino Ciccarelli  608 
Jari Kurri  601 
Mike Bossy  573 
Guy Lafleur  560 
Luc Robitaille*  557 
John Bucyk  556 
Dave Andreychuk*  554 
Michel Goulet  548 
Maurice Richard  544 
Stan Mikita  541 
Toronto coach Pat Quinn, who once played against Bobby, said the only similarity between the two is that they're both blond.

"Bobby was the dominant one. He was 'Give me the puck and I'll bull through everybody,'" Quinn said. "Brett has always gotten himself into a position where a good playmaker could find him. Brett has that incredible talent."

Hull one-timed a pass from Morrow to tie the game 7:22 into the last period.

"It was nice to see him pass his father," Toronto's Darcy Tucker said. "But that was the turning point."

Less than two minutes later, Derian Hatcher took a pass from Hull and sent a shot that deflected off the boards to Morrow, who put it past Curtis Joseph.

Morrow and Hull also assisted on Joe Nieuwendyk's goal with 6:02 remaining in the game.

Hull and Morrow each had a goal and two assists in the third period.

Dallas goalie Ed Belfour stopped 30 shots.

Rookie defenseman Petr Svoboda gave Toronto a 1-0 lead with his first career goal 14:22 into the game.

Joseph had 20 saves for Toronto.

Notes: Canadian gold medalists Simon Whitfield (triathlon) Daniel Igali (wrestling) and Daniel Nestor (tennis) were honored before the game. ... Hatcher, the Stars' captain, was cheered loudly when he fell to the ice just before taking the ceremonial faceoff. ... Joseph, who shutout Montreal on Saturday, robbed Roman Lyashenko of a goal with a spectacular glove save midway through the first.

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