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Dallas off to best home start in team history

11/26/2002

DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Stars continued their trend of fast
starts on Monday night, and the Phoenix Coyotes could not recover.

Dallas got a goal from Mike Modano early in a dominant first
period and the Stars went on to a 5-1 victory over the Coyotes to
remain unbeaten at home in regulation.

"We talk all the time about getting off to a good start, and we
did that again,'' Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "Getting that
first goal was big, and then we kept chipping away.''

With an 8-0-0-1 record at the American Airlines Center, the
Stars are off to their best home start in franchise history.

Scott Young had two goals, Bill Guerin scored on the power play
for his team-high 10th goal, and Pierre Turgeon had three assists
for the Stars, who have a league-high 33 points.

"We're playing great at home and we want to keep it up,'' Young
said. "It's been a lot of fun. We're prepared and focused for
every game.''

Marty Turco stopped 19 shots for the Stars to improve to 11-5-2.

Rookie goalie Patrick DesRochers made 32 saves for Phoenix in
his eighth NHL game, third this season.

The Stars came out flying and took the lead on Modano's
one-timer from the high slot 5:25 in for his ninth goal. Dallas
held a 15-1 shots advantage after the opening 10 minutes and
outshot Phoenix in the period 18-3, but DesRochers kept the Coyotes
close.

Dallas, 6-1-1 in its last eight, has outscored opponents 29-10
in the first period this season.

The Stars went 2-for-6 on the power play, making them 10-for-34
at home with the man advantage.

"You've got to give them credit for how they get started, but
we came out flat and slow,'' Coyotes center Daniel Briere said.
"We took too many penalties. They've got so much talent that their
power play is going to hurt you if you let them. (DesRochers) kept
us in the game. He's the only reason we were within reach. They
were all over us.''

Guerin's sixth power-play goal of the season at 8:52 of the
second period, on a blast from the left circle, made it 2-0.

Deron Quint's weak shot through a screen got through Turco's
pads 1:07 after Guerin's goal to get the Coyotes on the scoreboard.

Young scored his fourth and fifth of the season at 4:33 and
12:36 of the third period to pad Dallas' advantage to 4-1.

Scott Pellerin added his first goal of the season with 10
seconds left on a power play.

Much of the talk about the Stars' hot start has centered on
their scoring, but Dallas also is playing well defensively. Dallas
has allowed an average of 1.4 goals in its first nine home games.

"We've always been able to create offense from our defense in
the past and we're trying to get that across now,'' Modano said.
"We're smothering the opposition, especially at home.''

Game notes
Dallas C Jason Arnott injured his hand in the first period
when he hit by a puck on the top of a finger. He returned late in
the second period. ... Stars LW Ulf Dahlen was scratched due to
swelling around his right eye. Dahlen, who shares the team lead
with six power-play goals, needed 20 stitches to close a cut near
the eye incurred during Saturday night's game at Los Angeles. He
was examined for a possible concussion, but was cleared and is
day-to-day. ... The Coyotes had tied their previous three games.