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HURRICANES 5, STARS 2

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Rod Brind'Amour and Bates Battaglia scored four minutes apart early in Carolina's three-goal second period as the Hurricanes beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 Tuesday night.

Sandis Ozolinsh added a short-handed goal late in the second as Carolina defeated goalie Marty Turco, who was making his NHL debut, as the Stars rested Ed Belfour.

Brett Hull's 612th career goal late in the second was one of the few bright spots for Dallas, which went 0-for-7 on the power play.

Carolina led 1-0 before Brind'Amour scored his first of the season off a pass from Sami Kapanen, who took a shot on Turco, got the rebound and slipped it to a wide open Brind'Amour.

Battaglia, promoted to the top line after a season-opening 3-3 tie against Washington on Saturday night, then scored off a well-placed pass from Ron Francis on a 2-on-1 to make it 3-0.

Francis also assisted on Carolina's first goal, giving him 1,089 career assists.

A minute and a half after Hull closed the score to 3-1, Ozolinsh, who came over in a draft day trade with Colorado, drilled his short-handed goal high past Turco for his first score with Carolina.

The Hurricanes had 13 first-period shots on Turco, the former University of Michigan star who holds the NCAA record for wins at 127. Most came because of Turco's poor decision making.

Twice he gave the Hurricanes a two-man advantage when he flipped pucks into the crowd without it touching the glass, which resulted in two delay-of-game minors.

However, Carolina's power play was 0-for-3 before Jeff O'Neill got his first of the season into a wide open net as Turco lunged to tip a puck away and was out of position.

Late in the period, Carolina was forced to kill a two-man disadvantage for 1:20. Arturs Irbe came up with six saves during the onslaught despite being inactive most of the period and Sergei Zubov hit the post as Dallas' early-season offensive woes continued.

Mike Keane of Dallas and Tommy Westlund of Carolina added third-period goals.

BOX SCORE

1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL

Dallas 0 1 1 2

Carolina 1 3 1 5

First Period: Scoring: 1, Carolina, Oneill 1 (power play) (Francis, Battaglia), 16:18. Penalties: Van Allen, Dal (high sticking), 7:30; Turco, Dal served by Langenbrunner (Delay of game), 9:10; Turco, Dal served by Donato (Delay of game), 10:35; Jackman, Dal (slashing), 14:57; Vasicek, Car (Obstr hooking), 16:59; Hatcher, Car (slashing), 17:39.

Second Period: Scoring: 2, Carolina, Brindamour 1 (Kapanen, Willis), 0:41. 3, Carolina, Battaglia 1 (Francis), 4:28. 4, Dallas, Hull 2 (Morrow, Nieuwendyk), 14:02. 5, Carolina, Ozolinsh 1 (shorthanded) (Gelinas), 15:37. Penalties: Ozolinsh, Car (hooking), 0:57; Langenbrunner, Dal (goalie interference), 1:09; Tanabe, Car (roughing), 3:45; T Bouck, Dal (roughing), 3:45; Vasicek, Car (tripping), 5:37; Oneill, Car (holding stick), 7:39; Hatcher, Car (holding), 14:53; Marshall, Dal (boarding), 16:31.

Third Period: Scoring: 6, Dallas, Keane 1 (Hatcher, Langenbrunner), 10:35. 7, Carolina, T Westlund 1 (Gelinas), 15:08. Penalties: T Westlund, Car (holding), 6:49; Oneill, Car (roughing), 9:35; Morrow, Dal (roughing), 9:35; Keane, Dal (hooking), 16:09; Langdon, Car (roughing), 19:51; J Daniels, Car (holding stick), 19:51.

SHOTS ON GOAL
Dallas 8 8 5 --21
Carolina 13 6 3 --22

Power-play Conversions: Dal - 0 of 9, Car - 1 of 7. Goalies: Dallas, Turco (22 shots, 17 saves; record: 0-1-0). Carolina, Irbe (21, 19; record: 1-0-1). A:00,000. Referees: Stewart, Van Massenhoven. Linesmen: Seitz, M Pare.

POST-GAME QUOTES

CAROLINA HURRICANES vs. DALLAS STARS

OCTOBER 10, 2000

CAROLINA HEAD COACH PAUL MAURICE:

On the game:

“We were rolling, we were skating. This was our second game, and that’s what you saw around the league – that teams’ second games were better. They were a tired hockey club, no question. But we didn’t give up a whole lot.

“The key point to the game was our five-on-three kill at the end of the first. That was critical. The Brind’Amour’s goal after we come down and miss the net, for us to go back down and score. And I think Ozolinsh’s short-handed goal. Those were the critical moments of the game.”

“I like the way we skated. I liked the line changes. Battaglia played a much stronger game. Gelinas, Vasicek, and DiMaio played very, very well. There wasn’t a whole lot we didn’t like.”

On the second period:

“I was very excited about that, because I thought we had three or four other quality chances tp put good shots on net. The puck seemed to be bouncing for both teams in the first 30 minutes.I think we showed some great speed. On four-on-four, with the exception of the line change, I think we’re a pretty dangerous team.”

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