Rangers cloud over Stars

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) -- Theo Fleury and Mark Messier earned milestones with second-period assists as the New York Rangers scored three goals within five minutes to beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Monday night.

Dallas dominated in the first period and much of the second until late goals by Mike York -- his second of the game -- Sandy McCarthy and Darren Van Impe put the Rangers up 4-2.

Fleury got his 1,000th career point, when York followed up his rebounded shot to tie it 2-2 at 12:49.

Messier helped set up on McCarthy's go-ahead goal at 15:19, tying him with Paul Coffey for fourth place on the NHL's career assist list with 1,135.

Messier's assist was vintage as he fought off a defender behind the net and made a sharp-angle pass to the front of the net where McCarthy dumped it in for his first of the season.

Van Impe scored on a power play at 17:41 to pad the lead.

Brenden Morrow and Pierre Turgeon scored for the Stars.

The Stars, who outshot the Rangers 29-13 in the first two periods, took a 2-1 lead on a power play at 3:15 of the second. Sergei Zubov fired a slap shot from the point and Mike Modano stuffed it through the legs of goalie Mike Richter -- the second time the puck found its way between Richter's pads. With the puck sliding slowly toward the goal line, Turgeon swept it into the open net.

The Rangers saved some face in the first period when they tied the game at 1 after an embarrassing, several-minute sequence in their zone.

The Stars, as they had all period, toyed with the Rangers' defense, keeping possession of the puck and passing with ease.

Eric Lindros, whose 16 takeaways are second best in the league, finally chipped the puck toward the red line and Fleury, who crossed it to York. York, barely keeping control as he flew into Dallas' zone, spun completely around in front of goalie Ed Belfour and backhanded the puck in at 13:37.

The assist gave Fleury point No. 999.

Notes: Lindros had a strong overall game and almost scored in the third when his shot hit the post. ... The Rangers have been outshot 47-12 in the last three first periods. ... Dallas winger Valeri Kamensky made his return to New York, facing the team that exposed him to waivers over the summer. ... The Stars raised $130,000 for the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund, most of it coming from a charity softball game between the Stars and Texas Rangers alumni.

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