Brunnstrom helps Stars drill Oilers

DALLAS (Ticker) — Rookie Fabian Brunnstrom scored a goal and
set up another as the Dallas Stars skated to a 4-2 victory over
the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

Krystopher Barch, rookie Raymond Sawada and Jere Lehtinen also
scored for the Stars, who have won back-to-back contests and 10
of their last 13 games.

“Every game right now is like a playoff game, the points are so
valuable,” Brunnstrom said. “It was a tough game and Edmonton
played well, but I’m glad we played well and got the points.”

Marty Turco made 20 saves and Mike Ribeiro collected two assists
for Dallas, which opened a season-long, six-game homestand. The
Stars will not play on the road until March 3.

“It was a team effort and it was a physical game,” Ribeiro said.
“We stayed with it, we pushed back and Marty made some big

Liam Reddox and Shawn Horcoff tallied and Dwayne Roloson stopped
21 shots for the Oilers, who have lost back-to-back contests
following a three-game winning streak.

“We battled hard,” Roloson said. “We’ve just got to find a way
to eliminate some of the mental mistakes.”

Brunnstrom snapped a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal at 3:08 of
the second period. He took a pass from Loui Eriksson and fired
a one-timer between the pads of Roloson for his 13th goal of the

“I got a great pass from Loui and just tried to shoot it
directly, and it went in,” Brunnstrom said. “It was great.”

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Lehtinen converted a centering pass from Ribeiro at 8:17 of the
final session to give the Stars a 4-2 bulge.

Sawada provided the Stars with a two-goal edge, netting a goal
in his first NHL game with 3:24 left in the opening period.

“I happened to look up and saw the goalie was standing up and it
was trickling through his legs,” Sawada said. “I’ll take
anything, I don’t mind. This is going to be a great memory and,
hopefully, there will be many more of these to come.”

“That’s awesome,” Stars center Steve Ott added. “It seems like
everybody that has got their first game here has done something
great, and it’s great to see a young, enthusiastic face in the
dressing room that wants to be here and wants it. A huge, huge
goal for us and I know he’s going to be smiling for a long

But Reddox answered 24 seconds later and Horcoff tallied 47
ticks into the next session to tie the game at 2-2.

“They were more disciplined than us in a number of categories,”
Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. “We didn’t start all that
well, started turning the puck over again. We weren’t willing
to get the pucks in deep and play a simple game and get pucks to
the net.”