EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -The Dallas Stars have made themselves right at home at Rexall Place.
Marty Turco stopped 32 shots, Brenden Morrow had a goal and an assist, and the Stars defeated the Oilers 4-1 on Friday night for their seventh straight win in Edmonton.
"We've come in here and had some crazy games here and we've got some fortunate wins," Stars coach DaveTippett said.
Stephane Robidas, Steve Ott and Jussi Jokinen also scored for Dallas, which won its second straight and moved two points ahead of San Jose for tops in the Pacific Division and second in the Western Conference.
Zack Stortini had the only goal for Edmonton, which lost its second straight.
The Oilers outshot Dallas 17-5 in the first period, getting four more shots than they had in a 3-0 loss to San Jose on Tuesday.
"After that first period you would have thought that it would be a struggle for us to get points but we found a way," Tippett said. "I didn't even know that (winning) streak was in play so that's how much we think about that."
Edmonton scored first just 5 minutes in after a mad scramble in front of the Dallas net. After a flurry of shots on Turco, Stortini picked up a loose puck and wristed home his second goal of the season.
"We came out of that period barely unscathed and it set us up and gave us a chance to win the game and that we did and ultimately that's what's important," Turco said.
Dallas tied the score 7 minutes into the second period as Mike Ribeiro sent a backhand pass to Morrow at the left circle and Morrow blasted a one-timer that beat Dwayne Roloson to the glove side.
|Edmonton's Zack Stortini is checked by Trevor Daley (6) in the third period. (AP Photo/ The Canadian Press, Jimmy Jeong)
The Stars took the lead 3 1/2 minutes later just as a two-man advantage expired. Ribeiro made a long cross-ice feed to Robidas, who rocketed a shot into the empty net to put Dallas ahead 2-1. The Stars got some insurance just past the mid-mark of the third, moving the puck around ably on the power play before scoring on another one-timer, this one coming from Jokinen.
"It was a tough one," Oilers forward Marty Reasoner said. "It was a must-win game for us. We know how important these games are for us at home. We have to be able to find a way to tie that game back up and go ahead. It was pretty frustrating."
Although the result wasn't the one the team had hoped for, Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish felt the effort was much better than in their previous shutout loss to San Jose.
"We basically got what we wanted out of the team except for the finish," he said. "We had lots of opportunities. I thought we played all right. It was a disappointing loss."
Ott added an empty-netter with 2:06 left.
Notes: Dallas winger Jere Lehtinen returned to the lineup after missing 33 games due to sports hernia surgery. The former Selke Award winner had 19 points in 21 games prior to going out. ... The Oilers also had a player return as Geoff Sanderson played his first game since Jan. 3, out most of the month with a back injury. It was his 36th birthday. ... Edmonton leading scorer Shawn Horcoff missed the match with a sore shoulder. ... Before the game, the Oilers traded veteran D Dick Tarnstrom to Columbus for rookie forward Curtis Glencross. ... It was the 100th consecutive regular season sellout at Rexall Place in Edmonton, a stretch dating back to Nov. 29, 2005. Coincidentally it was also the 100th all-time meeting between Edmonton and the Stars franchise.