Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hull Puts His Mark on Kiel with Tip of the Hat 20,282 Cheer Three-Goal Effort as Blues Throttle Dallas 7-4

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hull Puts His Mark on Kiel with Tip of the Hat 20,282 Cheer Three-Goal Effort as Blues Throttle Dallas 7-4

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What do Brett Hull and Greg Paslawski have in common?

Nothing . . . except a place in Kiel Center history. Hull moved into Paslawski's neighborhood, improving property values considerably, by scoring a hat trick and leading the Blues to a 7-4 victory over the Dallas Star on Saturday night.

With three goals, Hull became the first Blues player to score a hat trick at the new rink. But he is only the second player overall to turn the trick. Paslawski was the first, scoring three goals for Peoria in an International Hockey league game at Kiel Center on Oct. 31.

Paslawski's night may, or may not, be remembered by the slightly more than 12,000 who attended. Hull's trifecta will be recalled in detail by the 20,282 in attendance Saturday. The gathering tied the Blues' attendance record set opening night, Jan. 26.

Hull's three goals included a short-handed effort and increased his season total to nine. All were important, tying the game twice and giving the Blues a 4-3 lead in the second period, an advantage they never relinquished.

Esa Tikkanen also had a short-handed goal, on which Hull assisted. Denis Chasse had two goals and Greg Gilbert added a goal. For the second game in succession, Jon Casey starred in relief in the Blues' net.

Starting goaltender Curtis Joseph, who had missed three games with slight groin pull, was treated rudely upon his return. Just 30 seconds into the game, Russ Courtnall converted a big rebound of Grant Ledyard's shot and the Stars led 1-0.

Hull almost tied the game with a short-handed effort, but his hard slap shot was handled by the goaltender Darcy Wakaluk.

Denied once, Hull tried again. With Denny Felsner off for tripping at 10:38, Hull took Tikkanen's feed and streaked down left wing. Hull withstood a slash by Paul Cavallini as he cut from left to right and beat Wakaluk on the short side to tie it 1-1.

The goal, Hull's seventh, was his first short-handed marker this season, ninth of his career.

Dallas ranked 18th in power-play efficiency coming in, but the Stars converted on a cripple shot after an imaginative whistle by referee Don Koharski. Hull knifed in for a shot on goal as his momentum carried him into the netminder. He reached out to support Wakaluk, which Koharski interpreted as interference.

The Stars needed only 33 seconds to convert. From the high slot, Ledyard slammed another hard shot that deflected off Trent Klatt's stick and into the top of the net. …

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