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Stars capture Pacific crown

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2003

DALLAS -- Brenden Morrow scored a pair of first-period goals and Marty Turco had to make only 12 saves in his return from an 18-game absence as the Dallas Stars wrapped up the Pacific Division title with a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night.

The Stars now have 100 points, eliminating the second-place Anaheim Mighty Ducks from the division race and clinching Dallas' fourth Pacific crown in the last five seasons.

Sergei Zubov added a power-play goal for the Stars, who had been in a 1-3-0-1 slump and were 7-6-3-2 behind reserve goaltenders Ron Tugnutt and Corey Hirsch during Turco's absence because of injury.

Penguins 1, Blackhawks 1

CHICAGO -- Eric Meloche scored in the first period but the Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winless streak to 16 games.

The Penguins are 0-14-2 during their streak, which is two shy of the team record.

Eric Daze scored a first-period goal for Chicago, which is winless in its last three games (0-2-1). The Blackhawks have won just six of their last 29 games (6-19-2-2).

Wild 4, Red Wings 0

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild clinched the first playoff appearance in their 3-year history as Matt Johnson scored just 21 seconds into the game to spark a victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Dwayne Roloson had 33 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as Minnesota extended its winning streak to three games. Detroit had its six-game winning streak snapped.

Minnesota became the third expansion team in the past 30 years to advance to the NHL playoffs in its third season of existence.

Canucks 6, Capitals 0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Todd Bertuzzi scored his NHL-best 44th and 45th goals on the power play and rookie Alex Auld stopped 14 shots for his first career shutout.

Bertuzzi also assisted on Markus Naslund's 44th goal as Vancouver converted five of 10 power plays. Brent Sopel and Matt Cooke also scored on the power play for the Canucks, who won consecutive games for the first time in almost a month.

Oilers 3, Predators 2, OT

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Cory Cross scored 2:12 into overtime to give Edmonton Oilers the win.

Cross knocked in Radek Dvorak's rebound on a power play, the first goal of the season for the defenseman acquired from New York at the trade deadline.

Todd Marchant and Ethan Moreau also scored for the Oilers, who are unbeaten in their last five games and in eighth place in the West with 85 points -- three behind Anaheim.

Scott Hartnell and Greg Johnson scored for the Predators, who are winless in their last eight.



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