Hull Leads Stars Past Blues, 2-1
By R.b. Fallstrom
ST. LOUIS Mike Modano scored on a rebound at 2:21 of overtime as the Dallas Stars eliminated the St. Louis Blues from the playoffs in six games with a 2-1 victory Monday night.
Brett Hull assisted on both Dallas goals and set up the winner against his former team. Hull skated around the net with the puck and shot a low backhander into Grant Fuhr's skates. Modano was stymied on his first rebound shot, but the second got through for his fourth goal and 11th point of the playoffs.
Four of the last five games in the series between the NHL's regular-season champions, who had 114 points, and the Blues, who had 87, went to overtime. Each team won twice.
The Stars now await the winner of the Colorado-Detroit series in the Western Conference finals. Colorado leads 3-2.
Derek Plante tied it with 6:02 to go in the third-period with his first point in six playoff games.
Al MacInnis scored his first goal of the second round on his 29th shot for the Blues, who went to overtime in seven of their 13 postseason games. St. Louis won four of them, including a double-overtime victory over Phoenix in Game 7 of the first round.
Plante tied it with a soft sliding shot that went between teammate Mike Keane's legs in front of the net before eluding Fuhr. Fuhr had just righted himself after being accidentally tripped by MacInnis.
Plante, who had six goals and 20 points in the regular season for Buffalo and Dallas, was a healthy scratch in Games 4 and 5.
The Blues scored first for the first time in the series. MacInnis, who ended the postseason with four goals and 12 points, one point behind team leader Pierre Turgeon, beat Ed Belfour at 6:51 of the second period.
With time winding down in a hooking penalty to the Stars' Joe Nieuwendyk, Turgeon won a faceoff and kicked the puck to Jeff Finley, who moved it along to MacInnis at the right point. His rising slap shot soared past Belfour for his 12th point of the playoffs just as Nieuwendyk's penalty expired.
The Blues came out strong in an effort to avoid falling behind early for the sixth straight game. They got two good chances by rookie Jochen Hecht in the opening minute, with the crowd already chanting BEL-FOUR!, BEL-FOUR! Neither team ended up with the early jump in the first scoreless first period of the series.
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