Dahlen, Stars outshine San Jose

Posted: Monday, February 17, 2003

DALLAS -- Ulf Dahlen scored while sprawling to the ice, and the Dallas Stars reclaimed the top point total in the NHL with a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.

Dahlen worked the puck along the boards behind the net against Todd Harvey. As Dahlen made a move to the front, he fell down and took a swipe at the puck, knocking it between the legs of Miikka Kiprusoff. Dahlen's 13th goal gave Dallas a 1-0 lead with 7:12 left in the second period.

Darian Hatcher added a goal 90 seconds into the third, and Jere Lehtinen also scored for the Stars in the only NHL game Sunday.

With 81 points, Dallas again has the points lead, one ahead of Eastern Conference leader Ottawa. The Stars have won a league-high 21 home games (21-3-4-1).

Ron Tugnutt started his second straight game because All-Star goalie Marty Turco is out because of a left ankle injury. Tugnutt stopped 19 shots, allowing only a 5-on-3 goal to Vincent Damphousse with 11:46 left.

The Stars were coming off a 4-2 loss Friday night at Anaheim, when Tugnutt faced just 19 shots, but have lost consecutive games only twice this year. They are 16-2-4 in the 22 games since losing three straight Dec. 21-26.

San Jose has lost five of six, all on the road. The Sharks, in last place in the Pacific Division 28 points behind the Stars, end their longest road trip of the season Monday at Los Angeles.

Dallas has won the first three games in the season series against the Sharks -- all by 3-1 scores.

Hatcher assisted on Lehtinen's 23rd goal with 8:28 left, giving him his first multipoint game of the season. Lehtinen's one-timer into the right side of the net just past Kiprusoff's glove came after a nifty flipback pass from rookie Niko Kapanen.

Kiprusoff stopped 21 shots.

San Jose had just come off a power play, in which Dallas had two slap shots for the best scoring chances, when Hatcher scored on a rebound of Scott Young's shot. Hatcher's fourth goal made it 2-0.

The Sharks were given a 5-on-3 when Stephane Robidas was called for high-sticking, and during the delay before the penalty was enforced Claude Lemieux was whistled for the same offense.

Damphousse found the top right corner for his 16th goal 53 seconds into the two-man advantage. The Sharks weren't able to take advantage of the final 1:07 of the power play when they had a 5-on-4 advantage.

Mike Modano extended his scoring streak to four games with an assist on Dahlen's goal. He has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in his last eight games.

Notes: Modano was honored before the game for the milestones he's reached this season -- 1,000th career point, 600th assist and 1,000 NHL game, which he played last week. Modano was given crystals and a silver stick listing the accomplishments, along with a customized chopper motorcycle. ... Stars C Jason Arnott was scratched because of a sore knee. He's day-to-day. ... San Jose D Scott Hannan played 5:03 in the first period before leaving the game with the flu. ... Tugnutt is 6-2 his last nine games.



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