Turgeon Wins Game in Overtime
By R.B. Fallstrom
It was the third straight overtime in the series, and the second game-winner for Turgeon. He picked off Sergei Zubov's pass near the center line and skated into the slot before beating Ed Belfour with a wrist shot. Turgeon's fourth playoff goal and 11th playoff point also tied the series 2-2 heading into Game 5 Saturday night in Dallas.
Turgeon's overtime goal clinched the Blues' first-round series victory over Phoenix.
The Stars prevailed in Game 2 on Joe Nieuwendyk's second goal of the game, and the Blues answered with Pavol Demitra's goal at 2:43 of overtime in Game 3 Monday night, also a 3-2 victory.
Rookie Jochen Hecht and Geoff Courtnall also scored for the Blues, who have gone to overtime in six of their 11 playoff games and won four of them. St. Louis was only one game above .500 in the regular season at home, but has won both home games against the Stars, the NHL's regular-season champions.
Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen each had a goal and an assist for the Stars, who had won all six of their playoff games before coming to St. Louis. Modano emerged from a two-game funk during which he totaled one shot and Lehtinen rebounded nicely after missing the last half of Game 3 with a knee injury.
Dallas continued to struggle on the power play, going 0-for-5 for a league-worst 3-for-43 overall in the playoffs.
The Stars missed a chance to take the lead with 5:36 to go when Pat Verbeek's apparent goal was disallowed because Jamie Langenbrunner's skate was in the crease.
Modano scored on the Stars' first shot at 59 seconds. He broke past Chris Pronger and beat Grant Fuhr from the slot for his third goal of the playoffs.
Hecht tied it with his second career NHL goal and second in two games, off Demitra's feed from behind the net at 5:02. Hecht and Demitra both were behind the net at one point and Hecht, scoreless in three regular-season games with the Blues, cleared some space for himself before converting the pass.
Courtnall put the Blues ahead with a power-play goal from an almost impossible angle. He was stopped on a break-in, but regained possession on the red line at the boards and flung the puck at the net. On the way it deflected off Modano, and Belfour waved helplessly as it entered the net.
The Stars struck early again in the third, with Modano eluding a check and then pulling Fuhr out of the net. He fed the puck from behind the net to Lehtinen, who had only Turgeon to beat for his fourth playoff goal at 40 seconds.
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