NHL Hockey Today

Monday, April 30th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


  • Roman Turek, Blues, made 28 saves as St. Louis beat Dallas 2-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the second-round series.

Scott Young and Marty Reasoner scored as St. Louis beat Dallas 2-1 Sunday night for its fourth straight playoff win. The only other time the Blues have opened a series with two road wins was in 1993, against Chicago in the first round. St. Louis goalie Roman Turek improved to 5-0-2 against his old team. The Blues have not allowed a power-play goal in 34 tries over eight postseason games, tying the NHL's second-best streak since expansion.

Dallas forward Mike Modano, who leads the team with five points and three goals in the postseason, missed Sunday night's 2-1 loss to St. Louis with a sprained left ankle. The Stars lost another center in the first period when Shaun Van Allen was hit in the mouth by a deflected shot. Right wing John MacLean left with a bloody nose in the third. The Blues lead the second-round series 2-0.

Pittsburgh star Jaromir Jagr, still bothered by a couple of injuries he doesn't want to detail, said there is little chance he will play against Buffalo on Monday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The five-time NHL scoring champion sat out Saturday's 3-1 victory in Buffalo with what was described as a charley horse.

The Blues are two victories from reaching the conference finals for the first time since 1986. They have won all nine series when taking the first two games. The Stars haven't overcome an 0-2 hole since 1968 in the franchise's first postseason series.

After splitting the first two games in Colorado, the Avalanche and Kings resumed their best-of-seven series Monday night in Los Angeles. The Kings have dominated the Avalanche at home recently, going 4-0 against Colorado at Staples Center. Since the franchise moved to Denver, the Avalanche are 3-10-2 in Los Angeles, including 1-9-1 over the past five years.

"It's playoff time and I'm not going to tell." -- Pittsburgh star Jaromir Jagr, on refusing to detail the nature of his injuries.