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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 28, 2001


Blues, Reasoner leave Modano, Stars limping

DALLAS -- The Stars knew they had to contain Pierre Turgeon, Keith Tkachuk and Scott Young.

But Marty Reasoner?

Reasoner, who played nearly as many games this season in the minors as he did the NHL, set up the Blues' first goal and scored the next two as St. Louis won 4-2 Friday night in the opener of the second-round series.

The Blues' victory made it a clean sweep for all four road teams in second-round openers. The only other time that happened was 1968.

"I don't think Dallas was too worried about me," said Reasoner, who played in only one of six games in the first round.

The Stars suffered another loss early in the second period when center Mike Modano knocked legs with Alexei Gusarov. Modano limped off the ice with an injured left ankle and did not return. He left the arena wearing a walking boot.

An MRI exam today will determine whether Modano, who leads Dallas with three goals and five points this post-season, will be back for Game 2 Sunday night.

"He's our best player," Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock said. "So it would be as deflating as if St. Louis lost Turgeon."

The Stars were trailing 2-1 when Modano left. Within eight minutes, they were down 4-1.

Former Blues star Brett Hull tried leading a comeback, but he was repeatedly snuffed by goalie Roman Turek, who also was facing his former team.

Turek, a backup on Dallas' 1999 Stanley Cup championship squad, made 21 saves -- including five on Hull in the third period -- to improve to 4-0-2 against the Stars.

"They tried hard, but they didn't have a lot of scoring chances," Turek said. "I feel good. It's a big confidence boost for us."

Ed Belfour, who has failed to win all six games against his former understudy, had little help in stopping St. Louis' early flurry.

Dallas defenseman Darryl Sydor contributed to the Blues' first two goals and was on the ice for all four St. Louis goals. Captain Derian Hatcher was with him for three.

"This is one of the worst games we've played in a long time," Hatcher said. "We just didn't do a whole lot of things right. We were not ready to play. That's the bottom line."

Reasoner had 35 points in 34 games for Worcester of the American Hockey League. He was recalled three times by St. Louis and had four goals and nine assists in 41 games.

PENGUINS: Jaromir Jagr tested his right leg on the ice for 20 minutes and still wasn't sure if he could play in Game 2 today in Buffalo. Jagr, the regular-season scoring leader, suffered a charley horse during the second period of the 3-0 win over the Sabres on Thursday. After practice Friday, Jagr said he still felt pain in his leg.

Late Thursday

KINGS 4, AVALANCHE 3 (OT): There was no panic, not even any visible signs of gnawing self-doubt. The Colorado Avalanche, upended in its series opener, insist it simply must raise its level of play in Game 2.

No. 7 seed Los Angeles beat the top-seeded Avalanche on Jaroslav Modry's goal at 14:23 of overtime.

Felix Potvin was outstanding, posting 34 saves, and Glen Murray scored twice.

It was the Kings' fifth straight playoff victory, a franchise record.

Colorado outshot Los Angeles 37-25, including 14-2 in the second, but couldn't shake the Kings. Murray's second goal, at 13:00 of the third period, gave Los Angeles a 3-2 lead, but Colorado tied it on Peter Forsberg's power-play goal at 15:30.

The Kings had two power-play opportunities in overtime and cashed in on the second after Adam Foote dragged down Ziggy Palffy on a partial breakaway. Fifty-three seconds later, Jozef Stumpel fed Modry for the game-winner.

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