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Stars continue home streak against Oilers

12/8/2001

DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Stars have moved into a new building,
yet it hasn't affected their home dominance of Edmonton.

Joe Nieuwendyk and Pat Verbeek scored in a 10-second span to
spark a four-goal first period as the Stars beat Edmonton 5-0 on Friday night to snap a six-game home winless streak.

The Oilers were playing their first game at the American
Airlines Center but the Stars still stretched their regular-season
home winning streak over Edmonton to 12 games.

Edmonton's all-time regular-season record in Dallas is 1-15-1,
with the last win coming at Reunion Arena on Jan. 17, 1996.

"Every one of these games (against Edmonton) are high-tempo
games with a lot of passing and skating," Stars coach Ken
Hitchcock said. "Our guys like that type of game."

Jere Lehtinen had two goals and Mike Modano added a goal and two
assists for the Stars, who had been 0-3-3 at home since Nov. 2.

Marty Turco stopped 24 shots for his second shutout of the
season and fifth of his career as the Stars improved to 5-1-2 in
their last eight.

Turco said nobody on his team made a big deal about the Stars'
recent struggles at home -- or about the Oilers' inability to win in
Dallas.

"We needed a win, period," Turco said. "This gives us some
confidence."

The Stars took advantage of early Edmonton turnovers and
coverage mistakes and scored five times on their first eight shots.

"That was one of the few times this season when we beat
ourselves," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "It cost us the
game. We couldn't recover."

Nieuwendyk triggered the first-period blitz with a deflection
for his 13th goal at 2:59. Verbeek took advantage of a turnover by
Edmonton defenseman Tom Poti and scored his fourth on a breakaway
at 3:09 as Dallas fell three seconds short of matching the fastest
two goals in team history.

The fastest two goals in Stars franchise history were scored by
Bill Goldsworthy against the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 27, 1971.

Lehtinen's first goal of the night came on a rebound at 11:04.
Modano's 13th of the season was a backhander at 18:26 that pushed
Dallas' lead to 4-0.

The teams met last week in Edmonton, and the Oilers jumped out
to a 3-0 lead after the first nine minutes before the Stars rallied
for a 6-4 victory. With that game still fresh in their memories,
the Stars kept up the pressure.

"When you get that type of lead, you don't want to get cute,"
Modano said. "You just want to see the clock tick and not
embarrass anyone."

Oilers goaltender Tommy Salo was pulled following the first
period after allowing four goals on seven shots.

"I gave up three right away and it was about over at that
point," Salo said. "You've got to be ready to play from the
opening period."

MacTavish refused to pin the blame on Salo.

"We could have nailed a four-by-six sheet of plywood in front
of the net and we would have lost that game," MacTavish said.
"Goaltending was not an issue."

Lehtinen greeted backup goaltender Jussi Markkanen with his 10th
goal on Dallas' first shot of the second period at 3:30 to complete
the scoring.

Game notes
Stars defenseman Sergei Zubov was scratched for the second
straight game because of a shoulder injury. The Stars miss Zubov at
the point on the power play. ... The Oilers had been 3-1 in their
previous four games. ... The last time Dallas had four first-period
goals was on April 11, 1999 in a 6-2 win over the Los Angeles
Kings.