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Dallas 2, Carolina 1
Posted: Wednesday February 12, 2003 01:07 AM
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DALLAS (Ticker) -- When it rains, it pours. And the Carolina Hurricanes are stuck in the middle of a monsoon.

Defenseman Sergei Zubov scored his second goal of the game with a tenth of a second left in overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 2-1 victory over the Hurricanes.

Losers of six games in a row and 14 of 15, the Hurricanes were clinging to a 1-0 lead before Zubov knotted the score 6:09 into the third period, spoiling goaltender Kevin Weekes' bid for a second straight shutout over Dallas.

With time winding down in overtime, the Stars applied pressure as Jason Arnott tried to backhand the rebound of defenseman Philippe Boucher's shot while on the doorstep.

But Arnott was tied up by a Carolina defenseman, allowing Zubov to race in from the point and slip a backhander between Weekes and the left goalpost with less than a second to play to extend the Stars' unbeaten streak to seven games.

"I saw the puck just laying there and I knew we had about a half-second left," Zubov said. "I just wanted to put it on the net as fast as I could."

"I couldn't even tell you, to be honest," Weekes said when asked how the puck got through. "I think he banked it off me. I didn't even know it went in, but after I heard the crowd, I just wanted to get off the ice and showered."

Dallas has just one loss in its last 20 contests (15-1-4).

Ron Tugnutt stopped all six shots he faced after replacing All-Star Marty Turco, who left after two periods with a sprained ankle.

"We're not going to rush Marty back," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "One of the reasons we got Tugnutt was that he was a capable goaltender. We were going to play him over this stretch, so we'll just plug him in."

Weekes stopped 31 shots and defenseman Bret Hedican scored the lone goal for the Hurricanes, who have just one win since January 7.

"You just still want to do more," Weekes said of his performance. "That's what I expect from myself and from my teammates. I just try to make as many saves as possible. But it's a stark contrast from what we accomplished last year."

"He was really solid in there tonight for us," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. "He did a nice job not letting any rebounds. We needed a big game from our goaltender and we got it. He certainly didn't deserve a loss on his record for tonight's performance."

After a scoreless first period, Carolina broke through on Hedican's first tally since November 27.

From the top of the left faceoff circle, Hedican one-timed a shot that sneaked past Turco on the glove side with 62 seconds remaining in the second to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead.

Weekes was impenetrable through the first 40 minutes, turning aside all 21 shots Dallas threw at him. But a dazzling play by Zubov resulted in the equalizer just over six minutes into the third.

Taking a pass from Mike Modano at the blue line, the Russian defenseman skated down the slot and waited for Ron Francis to slide by before moving to the left circle. After another Carolina defender glided past him, Zubov wristed a shot that beat Weekes to the stick side at 6:09 to knot the contest.

"You can't explain that type of play," Zubov said. "It's not like it's like school, where you can teach it. It just comes up and you do it. When you have some time and space, you just try to make a play. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't."

"Zubie answered the bell tonight," Tippett said. "That's Zubie at his best. He's got a lot of skill and patience, and those are the top assets in his game."

The assist was the 11th point in seven games for Modano, who joined the New York Rangers' Brian Leetch as the only American-born players to play their first 1,000 games with one team.

"A lot of things have come to a head in the last four months," said Modano, who has set the franchise's assists and games played records and notched his 1,000th career point this season. "It's been fun chasing records. Now that's it for a long time."

Carolina tough guy Jesse Boulerice was on the losing end of a fight with Aaron Downey, suffering a one-punch knockout that resulted in a trip to a local hospital for precautionary reasons.