NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Philadelphia
(Thursday, March 11th)
Final Score: Dallas 2, Philadelphia 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Brenden Morrow scored with 34.2 seconds remaining in the third period to help the Dallas Stars earn a 2-2 tie against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center.
Rob DiMaio also scored for Dallas, which improved to 8-1-2 in its last 11 games. Marty Turco made 20 saves for the Stars.
Tony Amonte and Marcus Ragnarsson scored for the Flyers, who have lost just once in their last five games (3-1-1). Robert Esche made 37 saves for Philadelphia.
"Tonight is a tough point to give away, but on the other hand we gained a point against a real good team," said Esche. "I think you have to give credit to them...I think we matched them for the most part. I thought we played really well."
The Stars won a face off in the Philadelphia zone and Bill Guerin's shot from the point was knocked down in front of Esche, who lost sight of the puck. Morrow collected the puck in front and scored to tie the game at 2-2.
Ragnarsson beat Turco with a one-time blast from the blue line off a feed from Amonte to give Philadelphia a 2-1 lead at 4:46 of the third.
"Whenever you (have) the lead in the last five minutes you expect to come home with two points," said Amonte. "It was a tough set of circumstances."
The Flyers took advantage of a power play to open the scoring. Amonte took a return pass from Alexei Zhamnov at the side of the Stars' net and fired a shot from a sharp angle that was stopped by Turco. Amonte collected his own rebound and gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead at 11:56 of the opening period.
DiMaio's 100th career goal evened the score at 1-1 with 1:38 left in the opening period. Pierre Turgeon assisted on the goal with a pass out of the right corner to the slot. The puck hit DiMaio and deflected past Esche.
The Flyers killed off a four-minute Dallas power play late in the middle stanza to keep the game tied. Stars teammates Teppo Numminen and Richard Matvichuk collided and Numminen was cut. Flyers forward Donald Brashear was several feet away and didn't hit Numminen, but was whistled for a high sticking penalty.
Stars defenseman Chris Therien played against his former team for the first time. Therien was traded to Dallas just two days ago in exchange for a pair of draft picks. He had played his entire career for the Flyers since making his pro debut during the 1994-95 season...Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock is 0-0-3 against his former team...Philadelphia ended 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Stars failed on six attempts with the extra skater.
03/12 00:16:42 ET