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Brett Hull wins Game 2 on big blast
Thursday, June 10, 1999

Brett Hull inherited his dad's famous 100-mph slap shot. He used it to score the game winner tonight as Hull rattled a bullet off the left goal post and into the net at 17:10 of the third period. The Sabres got a powerplay when Derian Hatcher went off for high sticking and they pulled Hasek, but when Hatcher got out of the penalty box, he got a pass and sent it into the empty net and the game was a final at 4-2 and the series was tied at one going back to Buffalo for Saturday's game.

The Stars got a gift goal in the early part of the third period when Wayne Primeau lost the face off to Brian Skrudland and he got the puck back to Craig Ludwig, who got a long shot through Hasek in the five hole at 04:25 of the third period. Then Darryl Sydor took a high sticking penalty, and the most productive powerplay unit in the NHL playoffs went to work again. Belfour had just made a great save and the rebound went out to Zhitnik out at the point and his blast went past Belfour to tie the game once again at 2-2.

Mike Peca scored the first goal of the game at 07:27 in the second period on a power play. It came at the end of a power play and Peca was standing to the right of Ed Belfour with his stick up in the air, indicating that he was open (kind of like a receiver in football) and he got the pass from Jason Woolley and Peca used a quick wrist shot to shoot it in. At the end of the second period, the Stars kept the pressure on Hasek and had plenty of traffic in front of him. Jamie Langebrunner tipped a slap shot from the point over Hasek's right shoulder at 18:26 of the second period to tie the game. In the next minute and a half, the Stars were all over the Sabres as if they had a two man advantage. Hasek had to be brilliant again to keep the Stars from taking a 2-1 lead. At the end of that period, Alexei Zhitnik was called for tripping and the Sabres had their 7th penalty of the night. Even though the Stars had more chances in the second period, the Sabre outshot them 10-7 and were outshooting them 17-12 in the first two periods.

The first period was one of the most physical game of the year. Both teams were hitting with a passion and the Stars were going after Dominik Hasek to rattle his cage. The Stars came out flying, hitting everything in sight. Mike Modano right near the of the first period, tripped Hasek who had skated out to clear the puck. What ensued was a good old fashioned bench clearing brawl in which about 8 players went at it.

The Sabres gave it all they had in this one, and killed a lot of penalties, but it was Hull's blast that did them in and a soft goal Hasek gave up at the beginning of the period. The Sabres must regroup and get a little relief from the heat when they get back to Buffalo and temperatures in the high 80s.

Post-game clips from Game 2

Dallas 4, Buffalo 2

  1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
Dallas 0 1 3 4
Buffalo 0 1 1 2

First Period
Scoring: None. Penalties: Skrudland, Dal (charging), 12:25; Zhitnik, Buf (boarding), 15:31; Modano, Dal (tripping), 20:00; Hatcher, Dal (roughing), 20:00; Nieuwendyk, Dal (fighting major), 20:00; Zhitnik, Buf (cross checking), 20:00; Smehlik, Buf (roughing), 20:00; B Holzinger, Buf (fighting major), 20:00.

Second Period
Scoring: 1, Buffalo, Peca 5 (power play) (Woolley, Satan), 7:22. 2, Dallas, Langenbrunner 10 (Matvichuk, Nieuwendyk), 18:26. Penalties: Sydor, Dal (hooking), 5:41; Woolley, Buf (interference), 9:19; Varada, Buf (Obstr tripping), 13:14; Zhitnik, Buf (tripping), 20:00.

Third Period
Scoring: 3, Dallas, Ludwig 1 (Skrudland), 4:25. 4, Buffalo, Zhitnik 4 (power play) (unassisted), 5:36. 5, Dallas, Hull 7 (Hrkac, Chambers), 17:10. 6, Dallas, Hatcher 1 (empty net) (Zubov), 19:34. Penalties: Sydor, Dal (high sticking), 4:50; Varada, Buf (high sticking), 10:32; Zhitnik, Buf (hooking), 11:48; Hatcher, Dal (high sticking), 17:31.

Buffalo 7 10 4 --21


Power-play Conversions: Buf - 2 of 4, Dal - 0 of 6. Goalies: Buffalo, Hasek (30 shots, 27 saves; record: 12-3-0). Dallas, Belfour (21, 19; record: 13-6-0). A:17,001. Referees: Fraser, Marouelli. Linesmen: Broseker, Collins.

Sabre Sword's 3 Stars Swords of the Game

1. Kerry Fraser and Dan Marouelli - I'm not even going to go there.

2. Brett Hull - After launching the shot heard 'round the world, I think Sabres Central may want to include him as one of the three stars.

3. Brian Skrudland - Even though he ran over Hasek, you've got to give the guy credit. He won a big face-off which led to the goal which turned the momentum of the game. We may want to award Colin Campbell the third star as well for letting Skrudland even play after the head-butt he gave Varada.