Sports - Montreal Canadiens vs. Dallas Stars - 11/3/97

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End of Game Report

MONTREAL 6, DALLAS 4
(Box Score)

MONTREAL -- Shayne Corson scored twice in a 2:12 span to break a second-period tie and Valeri Bure also had two goals as the Montreal Canadiens held on for a 6-4 victory, snapping the Dallas Stars' five-game unbeaten streak. Andy Moog made 18 saves in his first game against his former team, helping the Canadiens win for the fourth time in five contests.

Corson, who also had an assist to extend his points streak to six games, took a chip pass from Mark Recchi before putting the puck past Roman Turek with 4:09 to go in the second period. Corson made it 4-2 with 1:57 remaining, deflecting Patrice Brisebois' shot from the point for his fifth goal of the season.

"I'm happy to be the leading scorer on the team after my dismal season last year," Corson said. "I've got my confidence back. I know I'm here for a reason. I must play well."

Bure put the Canadiens on the board midway through the first period, then sealed the victory by scoring into an empty net with 53 seconds remaining. Montreal improved to 3-0 against Western Conference teams this season.

Darryl Sydor and Joe Nieuwendyk each had a goal and an assist for Dallas, which had been unbeaten in its previous four road games.

"It wasn't a wide-open game, despite the score," said Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock. "Both teams had breakdowns, but we had too many of them. We had chances, but we looked tired. We just didn't have that jump. We lost the first four or five faceoffs of the game and that's uncharacteristic of our team."

Nieuwendyk staked Dallas to a 1-0 lead 9:44 into the game, but Bure tied it 98 seconds later and Recchi put Montreal ahead with 4:57 to go in the opening period. Sydor's power-play goal tied it at 12:14 of the second period before Corson took over to give the Canadiens a 4-2 cushion.

Greg Adams drew Dallas within a goal when he scored on the power play at 5:26 of the final stanza. Brian Savage restored Montreal's two-goal advantage just under seven minutes later with his first goal of the season.

Todd Harvey got the Stars within 5-4. But Moog, allowed to sign as a free agent with Montreal after four seasons with Dallas, held on for his third straight win. The crowd of 19,603 was the smallest in the brief history of the Molson Centre.

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MONTREAL CANADIENS 6, Dallas Stars 4
(Recap)

                    1ST  2ND  3RD   FINAL
                    ---  ---  ---   -----
DALLAS               1    1    2      4
MONTREAL             2    2    2      6

FIRST PERIOD -- SCORING: 1, Dallas, Nieuwendyk 7 (Sydor, Verbeek), 9:44. 2, Montreal, V Bure 3 (Malakhov, Damphousse), 11:22. 3, Montreal, Recchi 8 (S Corson), 15:03. PENALTIES: Savage, Mon (hooking), 2:56; D Hatcher, Dal (cross checking), 18:11.

SECOND PERIOD -- SCORING: 4, Dallas, Sydor 1 (power play) (Modano, Nieuwendyk), 12:14. 5, Montreal, S Corson 4 (Recchi, Brisebois), 15:51. 6, Montreal, S Corson 5 (Brisebois), 18:03. PENALTIES: Popovic, Mon (Obstr hooking), 3:43; Modano, Dal (Obstr tripping), 8:10; Savage, Mon (tripping), 10:20.

THIRD PERIOD -- SCORING: 7, Dallas, Adams 5 (power play) (Chambers, Langenbrunner), 5:26. 8, Montreal, Savage 1 (Manson), 12:13. 9, Dallas, Harvey 3 (Carbonneau, D Hatcher), 17:39. 10, Montreal, V Bure 4 (empty net) (Malakhov), 19:07. PENALTIES: Verbeek, Dal (Obstr holding), 0:44; Recchi, Mon (interference), 0:44; Rucinsky, Mon (hooking), 4:04; Verbeek, Dal (high sticking), 14:38.

SHOTS ON GOAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 4 11 7 22 MONTREAL 8 7 9 24

POWER PLAY: Dal - 2 of 4, Mon - 0 of 3. GOALIES: Dallas, Turek (23 shots, 18 saves; record: 3-3-0). Montreal, Moog (22, 18; record: 5-3-1).

Referee: Shick. Linesmen: Knox, Mitton. A:19,603.

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