Posted: Saturday January 01, 2000 12:58 AM
DALLAS (Ticker) -- Brett Hull could not have ended the last game of the century in more dramatic fashion.
Hull scored his 600th career goal, then tallied the game-winner with 11:11 remaining to lead the Dallas Stars to a 5-4 victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
Playing in his 900th game, Hull became the 12th player in NHL history to reach the milestone and the second to do it this season. Detroit's Steve Yzerman recorded his 600th goal against Edmonton on November 26.
"It was a really neat thing to score the last goal of the millennium," Hull said. "I wanted to score this goal by my 900th game. It seemed like it wasn't going to go in. I had some great chances early, but when I finally got the goal, more than anything I was relieved."
Dallas trailed 4-3 with just under seven minutes gone in the third period when Hull, who was camped at the top of the slot during a power play, one-timed Kirk Muller's pass from the right faceoff circle past goaltender Guy Hebert.
"I didn't want to be the victim, but I was," Hebert said. "I didn't get a good read on the pass. I needed to get out of my net more and challenge him, but I wasn't ready to do that. You always have to focus when a guy like Hull is on the ice."
The Reunion Arena crowd of 17,001 responded with a standing ovation for Hull, who signed as a free agent with the Stars prior to last season and scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal.
Hull capped off his amazing night by taking a pass from Mike Modano at the right faceoff circle and firing a wrist shot that beat Hebert to the near side for his team-leading 15th goal.
"It was really nice that it was a game-tying goal and then to come back and get the game-winning goal," he said. "It was a great moment and the reaction from the fans was wonderful."
Hull's 601st goal tied Jari Kurri for 11th on the all-time list. His father, Bobby, scored 610.
"I thought Brett was getting frustrated as the night went on, but for him, it only takes one shot to make it happen," Modano said. "That's the way he scores, with getting the shots off real quickly."
Dallas won its second consecutive game while Anaheim has lost three in a row.
Dallas right wing Jere Lehtinen, who returned after missing 30 games with a broken right ankle, opened the scoring 84 seconds into the game before Matt Cullen and Paul Kariya tallied to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
After Kariya's goal, Dallas goaltender Ed Belfour was pulled in favor of rookie Manny Fernandez. Belfour immediately went into the locker room and did not return to the bench for the rest of the game.
The Stars struck twice on the power play in the second period.
Defenseman Darryl Sydor's fifth of the season and rookie defenseman Richard Jackman's first NHL tally provided a 3-2 lead.
Kariya's shorthanded goal late in the second period and Ted Donato's tally early in the third gave Anaheim a 4-3 lead.
"We played our butts off and I think we deserved a better fate than what we got," Anaheim coach Craig Hartsburg said. "I was extremely pleased with the way our players performed in tonight's game. We worked hard and we fought back. If we didn't fight back the way we did, it could have hurt us for the rest of the season."
Fernandez stopped 20 shots and improved to 5-3-1.
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