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Friday, April 18

Updated: April 18, 1:29 PM ET

Stars don't want any extra games

Associated Press

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars will do whatever they can to avoid a decisive seventh game in their first-round playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers.

The Stars want to wrap up their series in six games Saturday night in Edmonton, even though Game 7 would be played in Dallas.

"You always want to get it over and done with,'' Stars center Mike Modano said. "You want to go after them, establish the game early Saturday and not give them any hope, the same way as the last couple of games.''

Modano helped set up two power-play goals in a 53-second span of the first period, and added a goal as the Stars won 5-2 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 advantage.

After losing the first and third games, the top-seeded Stars finally lead the series. Dallas scored twice in a 23-second span in Game 4, after Edmonton rallied to tie the game in the third period.

"We don't want to play any extra games,'' said Scott Young, who scored the first goal Thursday. "We aren't overconfident. We know how tough Edmonton is going to be.''

Two straight solid games after a loss in Game 3 at the Skyreach Centre indicates the Stars are beginning to hit stride.

"We are a very driven team right now,'' first-year Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "They know what's at stake, and they know how hard they have to work.''

If the Stars advance, they would play Anaheim in the second round. The Mighty Ducks completed a sweep of defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit on Wednesday.

"That team right now is sitting and waiting to see who they will play,'' Young said. "And we'd like to get a few days off between series.''

Dallas eliminated the Oilers from the playoffs four straight years before both teams missed the playoffs last season. That run included a first-round series in 2001 when the Stars also lost home-ice advantage before winning in six games.

The last time Edmonton beat the Stars in a playoff series was in 1997, when the eighth-seeded Oilers won in seven games in the first round.

"We can beat them. We believe we can play with them,'' Edmonton's Ryan Smyth said. "We just have to play disciplined and get our power play going.''

The Stars have the advantage on the power play, scoring seven of their 16 goals with the man advantage.

"They will want to be extremely physical and stay away from penalties. It's a fine line,'' Young said. "We've been getting a lot of power plays, and it's made a huge difference in the series.''
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