Originally created 04/30/01

Blues 2, Stars 1



DALLAS -- The St. Louis Blues are starting to look like the team that was so dominating early this season.

Scott Young scored a short-handed goal, Marty Reasoner tapped in another goal and Roman Turek made 28 saves as the Blues beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the second-round series.

Dallas played without center Mike Modano, who sprained his left ankle in the opener, and in the first period lost center Shaun Van Allen after he took a puck to his mouth. Forward John MacLean was lost to a bloody nose in the third period.

The best-of-seven series shifts to St. Louis for Game 3 Tuesday night and the Blues will have history on their side.

They've won all nine series when winning the first two games, while the Stars haven't overcome an 0-2 hole since 1968 in the franchise's first-ever postseason series.

St. Louis also is playing at the same high level it enjoyed before injuries to several top players. Now healthy and having adjusted to several newcomers, the Blues have won four straight playoff games and not allowed a power-play goal in eight postseason games.

Reasoner, the surprise hero of Game 1 with two goals and an assist, scored easily 85 seconds into this game after Keith Tkachuk stole the puck from Dallas' Darryl Sydor and pulled goalie Ed Belfour out of position.

Belfour was out of position again on Young's goal midway through the first period, but this time it was his own fault.

Having overplayed Young's rush to his left, Belfour was slow to set himself when Young - St. Louis' leading goal-scorer this season - came from behind the net and fired on goal. The puck went in off Belfour's leg.

The Blues' goals came on their first and third shots. They wouldn't beat Belfour again as he made some spectacular saves in snuffing their next 21 attempts on goal.

Dallas came out firing at Turek, getting off more shots in the first 15 minutes than in the first two periods of Game 1 combined. Turek handled them all, then saw only five shots in the second - none for the first 81/2 minutes.

Joe Nieuwendyk redirected a pass from Brett Hull to spoil Turek's shutout with 52 seconds left and Dallas playing with an empty net. The Stars got three more shots off in the closing seconds, but couldn't convert as Turek improved to 5-0-2 against his old team.

The game was much more physical than the opener, putting lots of blood on the ice.

Van Allen was hurt when he blocked a shot by Al MacInnis with his stick and it ricocheted into his mouth.

St. Louis defenseman Bryce Salvador didn't return after cutting his head against the boards on a check by Dallas' Benoit Hogue. No penalty was called.

MacLean took a high stick in the face from MacInnis, which earned him a double minor.

The Stars took only one shot on that power play and failed to score with the man advantage for the fifth straight game. They had six chances and have failed on their last 25 tries.

St. Louis hasn't given up a power play goal in 34 tries over eight playoff games, tying the NHL's second-best streak since expansion.

Notes:

Just 1:08 into the third period, officials stopped play and ordered the Zamboni back out to clean a section of the ice in the Dallas zone. ... The only other time St. Louis has opened a series with two road wins was in 1993, against Chicago in the first round. ... If the Blues don't allow a power-play goal the next two games, they'll tie the postseason record set by New Jersey last year. ... Nieuwendyk's wife, Tina, gave birth to their first child early Sunday, a 6-pound, 12-ounce daughter named Tyra Joanne. ... If the Blues sweep the series, this will end up being the last hockey game at Reunion Arena.