Monday, April 14, 2003

Dvorak lifts Oilers past Dallas 3-2

NHL playoffs

The Associated Press

EDMONTON, Alberta - Radek Dvorak scored early in the third period to lead Edmonton to a wild 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night, giving the Oilers a 2-1 lead in their best-of-7 playoff series.

Georges Laraque and Fernando Pisani also scored for the Oilers, who host Game 4 Tuesday.

Jason Arnott and Jere Lehtinen had the goals for Dallas, which led 1-0 until early in the third period.

With the game tied 2-2, Dvorak took the puck at center-ice, split the defense and fired a shot past Marty Turco at 5:38 of the third period.

Edmonton had to work hard to preserve the lead, killing a late holding penalty against Marty Reasoner. Then, with 49 seconds left, Dallas pulled Turco for the extra attacker but couldn't score.

Devils 3, Bruins 0

BOSTON - Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils are a win away from improving on last year's first-round flop. Brodeur posted his 14th shutout in 70 playoff victories as the Devils took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

New Jersey can sweep Tuesday night in Boston and send the Bruins to another early exit. Seeded first in the Eastern Conference last year, they lost in six games to Montreal in the opening round.

"They have, basically, an unbelievable wall back there and that weighs on you," Boston's Mike Knuble said.

Last season, the Devils lost in the first round in six games to Carolina, which reached the Stanley Cup finals. The Devils won the championship in 2000 and lost in the finals in 2001.

BLUES-CANUCKS: St. Louis captain Al MacInnis has an upper body injury and his status is unclear for Game 3 of their series against the Vancouver Canucks tonight.

The defenseman took a hit from Todd Bertuzzi during a Vancouver power play two minutes into the first period Saturday of the Canucks' 2-1 victory. MacInnis appeared to hurt his right shoulder and didn't return. The series is tied at 1.

Stanley Cup chase

FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7)


N.Y. Islanders 3, Ottawa 0

New Jersey 2, Boston 1

Toronto 5, Philadelphia 3

Edmonton 2, Dallas 1


Washington 3, Tampa 0

Anaheim 2, Detroit 1, 3OT

Minnesota 4, Colorado 2

St. Louis 6, Vancouver, 0


New Jersey 4, Boston 2

Devils lead series 2-0

Philadelphia 4, Toronto 1

Series tied 1-1

Dallas 6, Edmonton 1

Series tied 1-1


Washington 6, Tampa Bay 3

Capitalss lead series 2-0

Anaheim 3, Detroit 2

Mighty Ducks lead series 2-0

Colorado 3, Minnesota 2

Series tied 1-0

Ottawa 3, N.Y. Islanders 0

Series tied 1-1

Vancouver 2, St. Louis 1

Series tied 1-1


New Jersey 3, Boston 0

Devils lead series 3-0

Dallas at Edmonton, late

Series tied 1-1


Philadelphia at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Minnesota, 7:30

Vancouver at St. Louis, 8:30

Detroit at Anaheim, 10:30


New Jersey at Boston, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Washington, 7 p.m.

Dallas at Edmonton, 9 p.m.


Ottawa at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Washington, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m.

Detroit at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.

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