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NHL Hockey Scoreboard: Recap
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Edmonton 4, Dallas 3
Posted: Saturday April 14, 2001 09:25 PM
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DALLAS (Ticker) -- The Dallas Stars' first loss in more than a month was a costly one.

Daniel Cleary, Rem Murray and Anson Carter scored power-play goals and Tommy Salo overcame a shaky start with 22 saves as the Edmonton Oilers evened their Western Conference quarterfinal series with a 4-3 triumph over the Stars.

Dallas carried a 13-game unbeaten streak into the playoffs and took Wednesday's opener, 2-1, on Jamie Langenbrunner's overtime goal. But the Stars ceded home-ice advantage to the Oilers and lost center Joe Nieuwendyk, who suffered an apparent right knee injury in the first period and did not return.

The afternoon started well for Dallas, which grabbed the lead just 26 seconds into the first period on Mike Keane's goal. But Cleary, Georges Laraque and Rem Murray scored before the period ended and Edmonton never trailed thereafter.

While the Oilers have won just once in 16 regular-season games at Reunion Arena, they are 5-8 there in the playoffs.

Game Three is Sunday night at Edmonton.

"We have to forget about this game, regroup and get ready for what we have to do tomorrow," Stars center Mike Modano said. "We have to play a little smarter. There were times when our emotions got the best of us. We still need the intensity, but we have to keep our composure."

Keane surprised Salo with a wrist shot from outside the left faceoff circle, banking a shot off the goaltender's stick and between his pads.

"The first one, I wanted to have back," Salo admitted. "But then we scored some big goals. I overplayed it and I just focused after that. We played good today and scored some big goals."

Cleary tied it on the power play just over nine minutes later, putting in a rebound of defenseman Eric Brewer's wrist shot from the right point.

Nieuwendyk put Dallas back in front with a power-play tally at 11:12, but Laraque got his first career playoff goal 22 seconds later. Defenseman Tom Poti retrieved the rebound of Ryan Smyth's shot and flipped a backhanded pass in front to Laraque.

Minutes later, Nieuwendyk went down after a knee-to-knee collision with defenseman Scott Ferguson. He was in obvious pain and will undergo an MRI on Sunday to determine the extent of the injury.

"He was the best player on the ice until he got hurt," Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Murray put Edmonton ahead for good with 1:46 left in the opening period. Just 29 seconds after Dallas defenseman Richard Matvichuk was penalized for elbowing, Murray tipped Janne Niinimaa's point shot by goalie Ed Belfour for his fourth career playoff goal and first since 1999.

"There's no question in my mind for us to be successful we need to get goals from all the lines," Oilers center Todd Marchant said. "Everyone has to pitch in and pay the price to get ugly goals."

Salo continually frustrated the Stars but never more than when Brett Hull fired a point-blank rebound into the goalie's glove in the second period. At least two teammates raised their sticks in anticipation of a goal.

"It was a huge save," Oilers captain Doug Weight said. "It's a 3-2 game and that save probably wins you the game."

Shaun Van Allen was in the penalty box when Carter scored Edmonton's third power-play goal of the game. Stationed in the left circle, he took a cross-ice pass from Poti and beat Belfour with a one-timer.

"I thought 5-on-5 we were terrific, but we didn't do a good job killing penalties," Hitchcock said. "We took some retaliatory penalties and they took advantage. We played hard but not with the necessary discipline."

"They took a few more penalties than we did and we got some breaks on the power play," Oilers right wing Mike Grier added. "We had two days off and worked on things on the power play and it obviously helped."

Dallas finally got back on the board 78 seconds into the third period. With Cleary serving an interference penalty, defenseman Darryl Sydor ripped a slap shot from just inside the blue line that made its way through a maze of players and eluded Salo.

But Salo helped the Oilers kill a hooking penalty on Murray midway through the period, made a sprawling stop on Grant Marshall with five minutes left, He also made a glove save through traffic with 2:47 to go.

"He played awesome," Weight said of his goalie. "He might be the most consistent player I've played with in the league. After the first goal, he bailed us out the rest of the game."

 

   
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