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Oilers Edge Stars 3-2, Take Series Lead

April 14, 2003

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ 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-seven playoff series.

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

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 remaining, Dallas pulled Turco for the extra attacker but couldn’t score.

Dallas went into the third leading 1-0 on Arnott’s power-play goal in the first.

But what had been a goaltenders’ duel between Turco and Edmonton’s Tommy Salo started to unravel at 2:33 of the third when Laraque muscled the puck up the boards and pushed it past Turco to tie it 1-1.

Lehtinen restored Dallas’s lead when he tossed the puck in front of the net and it bounced off Edmonton defenseman Scott Ferguson and past a stunned Salo.

But Pisani, an Edmonton native, rifled a shot from the top of the right circle past Turco less than a minute later to tie it and set the stage for Dvorak’s winner.

The Oilers acquired the 26-year-old Czech from the New York Rangers along with defenseman Cory Cross at the trade deadline for forward Anson Carter and defenseman Ales Pisa.

Notes: Dallas D Derian Hatcher sat out with an automatic suspension resulting from misconducts in the first two games. ... The Stars also scratched Bill Guerin and Pierre Turgeon, who are out with injuries, as well as Steve Ott, Aaron Downey, John Erskine and Manny Malhotra. ... The Oilers went with the lineup they used the first two games, sitting Dan Cleary, Jason Chimera, Brian Swanson and Marc Andre Bergeron.

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