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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 11, 2001


Defenseman's rare goal spurs Stars

DALLAS -- Stars defenseman Brad Lukowich didn't want to waste his rare scoring chance.

Lukowich buried the opportunity with a backhander from the slot with 3:13 left in overtime as the Stars beat the Avalanche 3-2 Saturday.

He skated from the blue line and scored through the pads of goaltender Patrick Roy off Ted Donato's pass from behind the net.

"If I would have messed that one up, I'd be hearing about it for a long, long time," said Lukowich of his third goal of the season and seventh career. "I was going to go for the forehand, but I saw a (defenseman) coming and got good wood on it on the backhand."

Lukowich, who leads the Stars at plus-23, played overtime because the Stars were without injured forwards Joe Nieuwendyk and Jamie Langenbrunner. Joe Sakic's 40th goal 17:37 into the second period pulled Colorado into a tie at 2.

RED WINGS 2, BLUES 2: Injury-riddled St. Louis proved it can still play with the elite.

The host Blues, without All-Star defensemen Al MacInnis and Chris Pronger, led until they allowed a goal by Brendan Shanahan with 50 seconds left. Detroit's Central Division lead over St. Louis remained one point. The Red Wings are 11-1-4 in their past 16 games.

PENGUINS 6, FLAMES 3: Jaromir Jagr scored three times, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, and Mario Lemieux had the tying goal for host Pittsburgh.

Jagr, the league's scoring leader, had five points to reach 100 -- he also had two assists -- and Lemieux added three assists as the Penguins erased a 2-0 deficit.

DEVILS 3, FLYERS 2: John Madden scored from the left with 47 seconds left for visiting New Jersey. The Flyers tied it at 2 when Andy Delmore scored a power-play goal in the third.

THRASHERS 7, BRUINS 5: Andrew Brunette scored a power-play goal with 21 seconds left and Ladislav Kohn added an empty-netter 14 seconds later for visiting Atlanta.

RANGERS 3, SENATORS 2: Ex-Lightning player Sandy McCarthy scored the winner for visiting New York. Radek Dvorak scored with an assist from Mark Messier, who is two points from overtaking Marcel Dionne (1,771) for third on the career list.

CANADIENS 3, COYOTES 3: Saku Koivu scored twice as visiting Montreal rallied from a three-goal deficit. His tying goal came with 4:57 left in the third off a pass from Oleg Petrov.

BLUES: General manager Larry Pleau said he is optimistic about getting Eric Lindros despite Flyers GM Bob Clarke's rejection of St. Louis' first offer. Lindros said Friday he will consider playing for a team other than the Maple Leafs.

"I don't have any regrets with what I've done or the decisions I've made," Lindros told the Toronto Star. "I just regret that a trade to Toronto didn't happen. I hope I'm playing (this) week."

WILD: Ex-Lightning goalie Zac Bierk, called up briefly to fill in for an ill Jamie McLennan, was reassigned to the team's International Hockey League affiliate in Cleveland.

Late Friday

MIGHTY DUCKS 3, BLACKHAWKS 1: Oleg Tverdovsky scored the go-ahead goal and newly acquired Jeff Friesen set up two goals by Paul Kariya for host Anaheim.

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