Sudden death proved the salvation of the Dallas Stars, over the New Jersey Devils, Thursday in New Jersey, as Mike Modano's goal in triple overtime kept the defending NHL champions alive in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Modano scored at 6:21 of the third overtime period to give the Stars a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils and narrow the gap in the best-of-seven series to 3-2.
Modano capped a heroic effort by slipping behind defenseman Vladimir Malakhov and getting the shaft of his stick on Brett Hull's flip from the right point, deflecting the puck between goaltender Martin Brodeur's pads on the game's 89th shot.
The goal was his first of the series and forced a sixth game on Saturday in Dallas.
"When you're in that desperation and survival mode, you just want to play smart," Modano said. "We felt we were getting stronger, our legs were jumping."
The Stars still have an uphill road to club as they try to become only the second team in Stanley Cup Finals history to rally from a three games to one deficit - (AFP)
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