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NHL Hockey Scoreboard: Recap
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Dallas 2, Edmonton 1
Posted: Thursday April 12, 2001 03:22 AM
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DALLAS (Ticker) -- Familiar teams, familiar result.

Jamie Langenbrunner scored just 2:08 into overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in Game One of their Western Conference playoff series.

Shaun Van Allen battled two Oilers for the puck in the left corner and sent a pass into the slot, where Langenbrunner took a shot that was blocked by defenseman Janne Niinimaa. But the puck bounced right back and Langenbrunner lifted a wrist shot into the top right corner as goaltender Tommy Salo was screened by three players including Van Allen.

"Playing these guys in the playoffs is going to be hard and physical and it was all that tonight," Langenbrunner said. "This team has been built to play in one-goal games and win one-goal games. We don't want to get into a shootout with teams. There were a lot of bodies lying down and I just tried to get it up. I know I had more time on the second try after Janne made a nice play blocking the first try."

Edmonton coach thought Van Allen interfered with Salo.

"At least we got it to overtime, but unfortunately the results were the same," he said. "It's a disappointing loss. Tommy played a great game and gave us a chance to win. Van Allen was in the crease, but they already had one goal taken back and they weren't going to take away a second. Langenbrunner was falling all over Tommy all night long, but you have to take matters into your own hands."

Ed Belfour needed to make just 21 saves in improving to 13-2 all-time in the playoffs against the Oilers. Dallas has eliminated Edmonton from the postseason in each of the last three seasons. The Oilers beat the Stars in the conference quarterfinals in 1997 when Andy Moog was in the nets for Dallas.

"We worked hard as a team tonight and I'm glad Jamie got that goal," Belfour said. "You can't take this team lightly. They are an improved club and you don't want to get behind the eight ball with them. He had a lot of speed and was just trying to go high on me."

Salo finished with 26 saves and fell to 1-9 against the Stars in the postseason.

"Every game is going to be tough just like this," Salo said. "I can't dwell on this one. I have to focus on the next game. Seems like every game is a one-goal game. Hopefully we can turn it around."

Dallas kept pressure on the slightly built Salo and crashed the net throughout the game. With 6:08 left in the second period, Richard Matvichuk's goal from the point was disallowed as Brett Hull received an interference penalty for barreling into Salo.

The Stars outshot the Oilers, 8-6, in a scoreless first period. But Edmonton grabbed the lead when Ryan Smyth scored 6:51 into the second period. After Belfour stopped a shot by Jason Smith, Smyth flipped the rebound into the net from the top left crease.

A boarding penalty on Georges Laraque gave the Stars a power play that Mike Modano converted with 1:46 left in the second period. Darryl Sydor had the puck at the left point and sent a cross-ice pass to Modano, who ripped a one-timer by Salo from the right faceoff circle The Oilers put just six shots at Belfour in the third period, but had chances to take the lead. Near the midway point of the period, Belfour gloved Anson Carter's slap shot from the right circle and shortly afterward did the same to deny Ethan Moreau's wrist shot.

Hull nearly gave the Stars the lead with 9:12 left when he fired a slap shot by Salo's glove and off the left goalpost. The rebound bounced through Salo's legs toward the right circle, but Hull could not control the bounce.

With just over six minutes to go, Belfour caught a break when Sergei Zholtok's deflection of Niinimaa's shot went wide.

Edmonton's last opportunity came with 2:45 remaining. Mike Grier intercepted a pass from defenseman Sergei Zubov in the Dallas zone and began a breakaway. Grier skated through the slot, and got Belfour to drop to the butterfly position, but his wrist shot sailed high and wide to the right of the net.

"I was coming in full speed and Zubov was coming in from the side," Grier said. "I made a pump fake and shot it like I wanted to, but just missed. We had as many chances as they did tonight."

 

   
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