February 25, 2003
BOSTON (AP) -- Bill Guerin was happy with his return to Boston. His coach wasn't so thrilled.
Brian Rolston scored two goals, and Glen Murray added a pair -- including a power-play tally with 1:40 remaining in regulation -- to lift the Boston Bruins to a 5-5 tie with the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.
``It's disappointing not to be able to get two points, especially when we were up 4-2 and had a four-minute power play,'' Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. ``We should have gotten the two points, but we made some mistakes to let them get back into the game.''
Murray's one-timer on a cross-ice pass from Joe Thornton beat Dallas goalie Ron Tugnutt. Dallas took a 5-4 lead midway through the third on Claude Lemieux's backhander.
Dallas extended its unbeaten streak to five games. The Stars haven't lost on the road in 10 games and have just two losses in 26 games overall. Boston hasn't won in seven games, but earned a crucial point.
``It was a tough game because it was one of those nights where both teams played well in the offensive zone,'' Boston goalie Steve Shields said. ``But we got the point and it's an important point, especially fighting back and getting it late.''
Sergei Zubov gave the Stars a 3-2 lead when his wrist shot late in the second period beat Shields. Former Bruins forward Bill Guerin, who signed with Dallas in the offseason, slipped the puck under Shields just 38 seconds into the third.
The Stars were unable to capitalize on a four-minute power play minutes later.
In fact, Rolston scored his second of the game and fifth short-handed goal of the season when he beat Tugnutt on a breakaway 3:38 into the third period.
``Special teams has really been what's kept us from winning games instead of tying them,'' said Guerin, whose Stars have a league-leading 15 ties this season.
Murray's one-timer from Joe Thornton less than four minutes later tied it at 4.
Dallas took a 1-0 lead on Jere Lehtinen's rebound midway through the first period. The Bruins tied it with 38 seconds left in the first on a power-play goal from Thornton.
Boston went ahead 2-1 at 11:02 of the second period when Rolston's shot from the left slot trickled off Tugnutt's glove and into the net. The Stars answered just 17 seconds later on Jason Arnott's 15th goal.
Tugnutt finished with 29 saves, and Shields stopped 39 shots for the Bruins. Bryan Berard had three assists for Boston. Zubov had two assists for the Stars.
Boston hasn't beaten Dallas in seven games. Its last victory came on Jan. 4, 1997.
``They've got a great team with four line that can play against anybody,''Thornton said. ``That's why they are the best team in the West.''
The Bruins were without forwards Rob Zamuner (broken foot) and defenseman Sean O'Donnell (sprained knee), Hal Gill (broken finger) and Richard Brennan (ankle bruise). ... Dallas outshot the Bruins 11-1 to begin the game but the teams finished the first period with 11 shots on goal. ... Bostonforward Marty McInnis hasn't registered a point in 19 games.
Updated on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 10:30 pm, EST
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