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Oilers beat Stars, halt seven-game losing streak

DALLAS (AP) -- The Edmonton Oilers think they've finally reversed
more than a decade of frustration in Texas.

Radek Dvorak scored the tiebreaking goal at 8:12 of the third
period and the Oilers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 5-3
victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday night.

Edmonton has won two straight in Dallas. Before that, the Oilers
were 1-18-2 in Texas since the Stars moved from Minnesota in 1993.

"We're two-for-two," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "Now,
hopefully, the momentum is shifting. We needed that win
desperately. The more you lose, the more the confidence goes
down."

Dallas had capitalized on a two-man advantage when Brenden
Morrow scored at 5:14 of the third period to tie it at 3.

But Dvorak notched his second of the season from the slot off a
feed from Ethan Moreau, paving the way for the Oilers' first win
since Oct. 10.

"It was a good forecheck (by Moreau) and a good finish,"
Dvorak said. "It's nice to score this kind of goal. It's huge
after a seven-game losing streak."

Stars goaltender Marty Turco handled the puck on the play and
tried to pass to defenseman Martin Skoula, but Moreau ended up with
possession to set up Dvorak.

"That's Turco putting Skoula in a real bad spot and then
(Skoula) overskating the puck and not recovering," Stars coach
Dave Tippett said.

Raffi Torres added a power-play goal at 16:36, his seventh of
the season, to stretch Edmonton's lead to 5-3.

Dallas has lost three of four at home, and Tippett said his team
is getting beat on fundamentals.

"There's hundreds of little parts that make up a game,"
Tippett said. "The more of those hundreds that you do well at, the
better your chance to win. We obviously didn't do that."

The Oilers took a 3-2 lead at 16:43 of the second period when
Ryan Smyth tapped a loose puck past Turco.

Dallas rallied to tie it at 2. Bill Guerin scored at 8:22 of the
second period and Mike Modano struck from the left circle 30
seconds later before Smyth put Edmonton back in front.

"We keep shooting ourselves in the foot," Guerin said. "We
get the game tied 2-2 and we give it right up. Little mistakes add
up to big problems. If you fold the tent and get frustrated, you're
not going to get much. We're not putting everything we have into
it."

Marc-Andre Bergeron had a first-period goal, Cory Cross added a
short-handed tally, and Jussi Markkanen made 19 saves for the
Oilers.

Bergeron's shot from the left point got past Turco with 35
seconds remaining in the first period to give Edmonton a 1-0
advantage.

Markkanen had a strong opening period, keeping the Stars
scoreless despite Dallas' 12-4 shots advantage.

Cross got his first goal of the season at 2:29 of the second
period, while the Stars had 14 seconds left on a power play, to
make it 2-0.

"Obviously we have a big rivalry (with Dallas)," Cross said.
"We haven't had a lot of success in this building. We were able to
win. It's a big relief."

Game notes
Smyth scored his 200th career goal. ... Edmonton set a
season-high for goals in a game. The Oilers had scored only 11
goals during their losing streak. ... Morrow had his 100th career
goal. ... The Stars failed to record a shot on goal during a
two-man advantage early in the second period. ... Dallas' two goals
in 30 seconds of the second period was its fastest consecutive
goals of the season.