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Stars open six-game homestand with a win

DALLAS (AP) -- Mike Modano and Marty Turco made sure the Dallas Stars got a season-long six-game homestand off on the right foot.

Modano scored two goals, and Turco made 24 saves to stretch his unbeaten streak to 14 games as the Stars beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Sunday night.

"You can look at a six-game homestand, but if you think things can take care of themselves, that's not how things work,'' said Stars coach Dave Tippett after his team stretched its franchise-best home start to 19-2-4-1. "We came out hard and got ourselves emotionally into the game. That set the tone for us.''

Modano and Rob DiMaio scored in a 48-second span of the second period to give Dallas a 2-1 lead, then Turco took over with 10 saves in a third-period shutout. Turco is 10-0-4 over his last 14 games to tie the franchise mark of Don Beaupre, who won 14 straight for the Minnesota North Stars in the 1985-86 season.

Los Angeles took a 1-0 first-period lead on Derek Armstrong's eighth goal, but the Stars took control on the rapid-fire scores from Modano and DiMaio.

Modano took a lead pass from Claude Lemieux, skated in alone and
beat goaltender Jamie Storr at 8:43.

"I got a couple of good passes, got some speed in the neutral zone,'' Modano said. "I think I caught them flatfooted. We knew we had to get that one to get everyone in the flow of the game.''

DiMaio went hard to the net and converted a return pass from Ulf Dahlen, set up along the left boards, to put Dallas in front for good at 9:31.

Modano wrapped up the victory with 2:19 to play, working his way
from the right boards to the front of the net for his 23rd goal.

"Every team we play against, at some point before the game the coaches tell the players that Modano can be dangerous,'' said Tippett. "Then when he scores, the players say, 'That's what the coaches were talking about.'''

The Stars, 14-1-4 over their last 19 games to increase their
league-best point total to 77, beat the Kings for the third
straight time. Los Angeles won the first two meetings in the
five-game season series that concluded Sunday night.

Dallas is unbeaten in its last six games (5-0-1).

Los Angeles was outshot 14-4 in the opening period, but the
Kings got the only first-period goal on Armstrong's deflection.

The play was reviewed to determine if Armstrong tipped the puck
with a high stick, but the goal stood.

Turco roamed 20 feet out of his net to poke check the puck away
from Ziggy Palffy on a breakaway in the opening period.

"I'm 0-for-100 against him on breakways,'' said Turco. "I didn't make the save, but I made sure he didn't score.''

The injury-riddled Kings are missing 10 players, but they were riding a three-game winning streak entering Sunday night.

"We have a lot of guys out, but our team battles,'' Kings coach Andy Murray said. "Tonight, some mistakes hurt us. We can't feel sorry for ourselves, because the Dallas Stars aren't feeling sorry for us. That's what we have to deal with.''

Game notes
Stars RW Jere Lehtinen was scratched (hip) and is day to
day. Lehtinen scored the go-ahead goal in Saturday night's 3-1
victory at Phoenix and shouldn't be out long. ... Dallas is 17-0 at
home when leading after two periods. ...Modano played in his 999th
game. ... Los Angeles D Brad Norton sat out with a concussion from
Friday night's 8-2 victory over Carolina. ... Dallas scored twice
in a span of less than two minutes for the 14th time this season.
The Stars have gotten two goals in under 48 seconds six times.
...The six-game homestand ties for the longest in franchise
history.