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Stars unbeaten in past 14 vs. Oilers

10/16/2002

DALLAS (AP) -- Players, coaches and arenas change, yet the Dallas Stars still dominate at home against the Edmonton Oilers.

Marty Turco made 21 saves for his sixth career shutout and Jere Lehtinen scored twice as the Stars remained unbeaten in their last 14 regular-season home games against Edmonton with a 3-0 victory Tuesday night.

"There are a lot of factors why we're successful against them,'' said Turco, who is 2-0-1 this season since taking over as Dallas' No. 1 goalie. "The games have always been fast-paced and today was one of the quickest. When the tempo is up, we've got guys who like to play that style.''

Lehtinen, considered the Stars top defensive forward, got his first two goals of the season and defenseman Phillippe Boucher added his first on the power play for Dallas (3-0-1), off to its best start since opening the 1996-97 season with six straight victories.

Edmonton (1-1-1) is 0-13-1 in its last 14 regular-season trips
to Dallas, and 1-16-2 in its last 19.

"There's no question we struggle here,'' Oilers left wing Ryan Smyth said. "Today we just weren't sharp in the first period. Our defense didn't make good passes in our own end and that's where it starts.''

The Stars killed off seven power plays, including a two-man
advantage for 45 seconds late in the second period. Derian Hatcher, Sergei Zubov, Rob DiMaio and Boucher were Dallas' top penalty
killers, limiting the Oilers to 11 shots on their seven power
plays.

"Our penalty killing was probably the difference tonight,''
Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "They were excellent.''

Turco was under pressure in the second period when the Oilers
held an 11-2 edge in shots. Dallas tightened up defensively in the
third period, allowing only four shots.

The Stars took control in the first period, grabbing a 2-0 lead
on goals by Boucher and Lehtinen. Boucher scored from the slot on
the power play at 2:35, and Lehtinen skated up the right side and
beat Tommy Salo on a backhander from in front of the net at 15:46.

Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said his team's inability to make
plays to get the puck out of its own end contributed heavily to
Edmonton's lethargic start.

"When you can't make a pass in your own zone, when you make
turnovers and poor decisions, that has a lot to do with it,''
MacTavish said. "We had a huge territorial advantage in the second
period, but that was misleading because of (three) power plays. We
had some chances but had nothing to show for it.''

Lehtinen made it 3-0 at 12:37 of the second period, skating to
the net and converting Pierre Turgeon's backhand centering pass.

Turgeon and Scott Young had two assists each for the Stars.

Game notes
Stars center Jason Arnott is expected to be out another
seven-to-10 days while he recovers from a sprained right ankle
sustained opening night. ... The Oilers haven't won in Dallas
during the regular season since Jan. 17, 1996.