Scott Young scored two first-period goals, and Mike Modano had a goal and two assists last night to spark the top-seeded Dallas Stars to a 6-1 rout of the visiting Edmonton Oilers in a game that featured 39 penalties, several brawls and two ejections.
Twenty-four of the infractions came in the final period, so many that only 4 minutes 15 seconds of the third was played at five-on-five -- and none of the final 11:45. In addition to the two game misconducts, there were two misconducts and a five-minute match penalty to Edmonton's Cory Cross for intent to injure.
Edmonton's hopes of taking the two opening road games got off to a strong start when Marty Reasoner scored at 6:35 of the first. Then Dallas scored six straight goals -- three on the power play -- and the Oilers lost their cool.
A shoving match between Edmonton's Brad Isbister and Dallas captain Derian Hatcher at the start of the second intermission began the bad blood. Things really turned ugly after Ulf Dahlen scored the sixth goal on goaltender Jussi Markkanen, 36 seconds after he replaced Tommy Salo.
About two minutes later, a skirmish broke out behind the Oilers' net. When it ended, there were eight sticks, more than a dozen gloves and several helmets laying on the ice. Stars goalie Marty Turco skated to mid-ice and exchanged words with Salo on the bench, and soon after Edmonton Coach Craig MacTavish shouted at a fan in a vest and cowboy hat sitting in the front row.
Hatcher and Oilers captain Jason Smith were ejected.
Sergei Zubov scored with a two-man advantage midway through the first, then Young's pair of goals put the Stars up 3-1 at the first intermission. Jason Arnott scored with 1 minute 8 seconds left in the second, then Modano and Dahlen scored early in the third.
Turco made just 12 saves to post his first career playoff win.
* DEVILS 4, BRUINS 2: Jamie Langenbrunner broke a third-period tie and set up two other goals as host New Jersey grabbed a 2-0 lead over Boston in their first-round playoff series.
Langenbrunner has had a hand in five of the Devils' six goals (three goals, two assists) against the Bruins.
"Mentally more than anything, I feel very comfortable on this team," Langenbrunner said. "When you come in late, I think you're still trying to find your niche.
"I'm getting a great opportunity to play important roles."
Jeff Friesen, Brian Rafalski and Joe Nieuwendyk also scored and Martin Brodeur made 24 saves for the Devils.
Glen Murray and Dan McGillis scored for Boston, which returns home for Games 3 and 4 in the best-of-seven series.
* FLYERS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 1: Simon Gagne, John LeClair and Mark Recchi each had a goal and assist as host Philadelphia tied the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series at a game apiece.
Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Monday night in Toronto.
Jeremy Roenick also scored for the Flyers. Alexander Mogilny had Toronto's only goal. Mogilny scored three in Toronto's series-opening win.
The Maple Leafs beat the Flyers 5-3 in the series opener, despite being outplayed and outshot 31-15. Philadelphia outshot Toronto 36-17 last night, including 31-10 after two periods.