Cleveland's Dave Gardner had only nine seconds to redeem himself.

With less than three minutes left Friday night, Minnesota's Kent Andersson broke a 3-3 tie and Gardner's line was on the ice at the time. Minutes later, Gardner found himself with a faceoff in the North Star zone.

"We had only nine seconds," Gardner said. "There was no play - it was all reaction."

Cleveland's Mike Fidler and Bob Stewart tied up the North Star defense, allowing Gardner to get in front of goaltender Pete Lopresti unmolested and the Baron center tucked in a rebound off Chuck Arnason's shot with only two seconds remaining to lift Cleveland into a 4-4 tie with the Stars.

Arnason didn't notice that Gardner was open in the slot, but he shot it, anyway.

"Chuck just threw it out," Gardner said. "He shot and it was on my stick. I just flicked it and hoped.

"Our line had just given up the one before that so it was a good one to get," Gardner said.

The two teams traded goals all night.

Jimmy Roberts opened for Minnesota at 7:34 in the first period followed by Arnason, who scored for Cleveland at 11:00. Ron Zanussi closed the first-period scoring with a North Star goal at 15:55.

Cleveland's Al MacAdam scored at 2:35 and 7:16 in the second period, sandwiched around a goal by Minnesota's Roland Eriksson at 2:54.

In the only other NHL game:

Rockies 3, Canucks 1

Mike kitchen and Larry Skinner scored within a two-minute span of the third period to lift the Rockies to within five points of the Canucks in the Smythe Division. Denis Dupere scored the other Colorado goal while Chris Oddleifson tallied Vancouver's only 30 seconds remaining in the game.