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Stars visit Oilers looking for fifth win in six games

Dallas (9-11-4) at Edmonton (10-11-2), 9:30pm EST

EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- For the first time all season, the

Dallas Stars are beginning to show signs of life.

On Wednesday night, they will look to continue their current hot

streak when they take on the Edmonton Oilers for the second time

in four days.

Dallas has had a disappointing first two months after advancing

to the Western Conference finals last season. In fact, the

Stars had been so erratic that they hadn't posted back-to-back

wins until just this week.

Tuesday's 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames was their second

straight and third in four games, though it was Steve Avery's

actions before the game that made headlines.

The Dallas left wing was suspended indefinitely by the NHL

before the game for conduct "detrimental to the league or game

of hockey."

Earlier Tuesday, Avery made disparaging comments about

ex-girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert.

The Canadian-born actress, best known for her role on the hit

Fox show "24", currently is dating Calgary Flames defenseman

Dion Phaneuf, and Avery use the term "sloppy seconds" in

reference to that relationship.

The length of the suspension is pending a hearing.

On the ice, Toby Petersen, Fabian Brunnstrom and Loui Eriksson

each scored in the win over Calgary and struggling goaltender

Marty Turco recorded 15 saves in the third period.

Three days ago, the Stars dealt the Oilers a 4-3 loss, as future

Hall of Famer Mike Modano snapped a 3-3 tie with a power-play

goal at he 17:39 mark of the third period. He also had an

assist in the first period, giving him 73 points in 62 career

meetings with Edmonton.

The Oilers have dropped three of four, though Ales Hemsky is in

the middle of a hot stretch. The 25-year-old Czech has recorded

a point in five straight contests, including three assists in a

7-2 blowout over the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 18.


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