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Stars dust off Oilers again

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published April 20, 2003

EDMONTON -- Mike Modano scored with 6:52 left Saturday to send the Stars into the second round of the playoffs with a 3-2 win over the Oilers.

Modano's goal, his fourth of the series, eliminated Edmonton in Game 6 of the best-of-seven series. The Stars and Oilers have met in the playoffs six of seven seasons (they both missed last season) with Dallas winning the past five.

Top-seeded Dallas, which closed the series with three consecutive wins, faces No.7 Anaheim in the West semifinals.

Modano took the puck from behind the net and skittered a pass to defenseman Sergei Zubov, who fed it back to him for a one-timer that eluded goaltender Tommy Salo.

The Stars looked like they would walk away early but the Oilers came back in the second period to tie it at 2.

Dallas opened the scoring 43 seconds in when Scott Young got his fourth of the playoffs. Defenseman Philippe Boucher made it 2-0 midway through the first with a shot from the top of the circle, off the post and into the net.

Edmonton started the second with a little more jump and was rewarded when Ryan Smyth went into the crease after Georges Laraque's rebound and beat a sprawling Marty Turco.

The Oilers tied it on a pretty play as rookie Jason Chimera, subbing for injured forward Radek Dvorak, raced down the wing and passed to a charging Mike York. York spun and passed to Shawn Horcoff, who shot past Turco 8:34 into the second. It was Horcoff's third goal of the series.

The Oilers outshot the Stars 32-24 but couldn't find a way to beat Turco in the third.

WILD 3, AVALANCHE 2: Wild coach Jacques Lemaire didn't think his team had much of a shot. His players proved him wrong.

Manny Fernandez stopped 26 shots in his first playoff start and Willie Mitchell gave Minnesota the early lead it needed to stave off elimination. The Avalanche leads the series 3-2.

"I always thought that our guys would battle to the end," Lemaire said. "I had some doubts (Friday) night and today before the game. They showed me that I was wrong to doubt."

Colorado had a chance to close out the best-of-seven series after winning three in a row but instead lost a potential series-clinching fifth game at home for the fourth time in five seasons. Colorado won two of the previous series in seven games and lost to Edmonton in seven in 1998.

The Wild led 3-0 after two but Steven Reinprecht scored 2:01 into the third, then Rob Blake made it 3-2 with 27 seconds left.

Mitchell beat Patrick Roy 3:41 in with both teams down a man, then Filip Kuba and Pascal Dupuis scored for Minnesota in the second.

FLYERS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 1: Sami Kapanen picked an opportune time to break out of his scoring slump.

Kapanen scored two power-play goals and Tony Amonte had two assists, leading host Philadelphia to a 3-2 lead in the series. Game6 is Monday in Toronto.

After a career-high 27 goals for Carolina last season, Kapanen had 11 in his next 98 games, including one in 23 playoff games last season as the Hurricanes reached the Stanley Cup final.

"Being an offensive player and not putting up numbers, you can't help but get frustrated, and start thinking too much," said Kapanen, who arrived in a trade two months ago.

Toronto had Alexander Mogilny back after the star right wing sat out Game4 because of concussion symptoms.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios was the biggest name among four players added to the preliminary U.S. roster for the tournament, which starts Saturday in Finland. Sabres goalie Ryan Miller and AHL forwards Chris and Peter Ferraro also were added.

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