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Guerin, Modano too much for Mighty Ducks

DALLAS (AP) -- Beating the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4-2 Friday night
was a nice way for the Dallas Stars to open their 10th season in
Texas.

The way they did it made it even better.

Newcomer Bill Guerin led the offense, new goaltender Marty Turco
led the defense and new coach Dave Tippett saw the special teams
that he personally oversees score the first two goals.

As if that wasn't enough, fans also saw Guerin mix it up with a
tough guy and new enforcer Aaron Downey showed off his fists, too.

"It feels good to contribute,'' Guerin said. "Everybody had an
effect out there.''

None moreso than Guerin, the $45 million centerpiece of an
offseason overhaul aimed at juicing up the team's style and scoring
in hopes of returning to the playoffs after a five-year streak
ended last season.

He scored two goals and assisted on two more, giving him a point
on all five goals the Stars have scored two games into his Dallas
career. He also proved his mettle by rolling on the ice with
Anaheim's Kevin Sawyer on the faceoff after the Stars went up 3-0.
Sawyer later traded punches with Downey after Guerin's empty-net
goal with 1:30 left made it 4-1.

Guerin's first goal for Dallas came in the second period on a
cross-ice pass from Mike Modano. He collected the puck, fired it
past Jean-Sebastien Giguere then threw up his arms to punctuate it.
A spotlight immediately shined down on him, as if prepared for the
moment.

Modano scored early in the third period when he put back the
rebound of a hard shot by Guerin. Guerin was credited with the goal
at one point as it appeared to have gone in before bouncing out to
Modano.

"It felt good, but it's not like I expect to have a four-point
game every night,'' said Guerin, who could have had five points had
a second-period shot not clanged off the right post.

Having Guerin on the top line also makes Modano more effective.
The team's marquee player throughout its decade in Dallas, Modano
had a goal and two assists, keeping up his excitement about the
new-look Stars.

"It's a good start to hopefully the resurrection of our home
record,'' Modano said, referring to Dallas going a mediocre
18-13-6-4 last season in its debut season at American Airlines
Center.

Anaheim's offense slowed one night after a 4-3 victory in St.
Louis. The Ducks also changed goaltenders, benching Giguere after
he allowed three goals on 20 shots in the first two periods. Martin
Gerber stopped all five shots he faced.

"The chances were there, especially on the power play. That's
all you can ask for,'' said Steve Rucchin, who scored Anaheim's
first goal on a 5-on-3 advantage early in the third period. "We
had glorious chances, but you've got to close. We couldn't finish
and that was the difference.''

Give Turco credit for that.

Playing his first home game as the Stars' No. 1 goalie, he made
several great saves before being beaten on the two-man deficit.
Even then he stopped consecutive shots before Rucchin popped in a
rebound.

Minutes later, he rejected three straight close-in shots by Petr
Sykora. Fans responded by chanting "Mar-ty! Mar-ty!'' just like
they used to sing the first name of predecessor Eddie Belfour after
he made clutch plays.

They did it again -- much louder -- in the final 30 seconds, until
Matt Cullen scored through Turco's pads with 18 seconds left.

Turco, who stopped 40 shots against the Avalanche, had 24 saves.

"He's unconventional, but he made a lot of great saves,''
Anaheim's Adam Oates said.

Sergei Zubov scored Dallas' first goal and had the second assist
on the last two goals.

Game notes
Anaheim claimed Mike Brown off waivers from the Vancouver
Canucks. The former first-round pick is now considered an enforcer.
In 16 career NHL games, he has no points and 77 penalty minutes.
... The University of Texas fight song was played between the
second and third periods and again in the game's final minutes.
Stars owner Tom Hicks is a big Longhorns booster, and his alma
mater faces Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. ... Pregame
festivities honoring the team's decade in Dallas included Mark
Tinordi, captain of the inaugural team in 1993, dropping the puck
during a ceremonial faceoff.