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Associated Press
12/8/2006 11:24:34 PM

DALLAS (AP) - Marc-Andre Bergeron capitalized on a 5-on-3 power play in the first period, then Dwayne Roloson and his defence did the rest to give the Edmonton Oilers a rare win in Texas.

Roloson stopped 22 shots for his second straight shutout to help the Oilers end Dallas's six-game home win streak with a 2-0 victory over the Stars on Friday night.

"He was unreal," Oilers defenceman Matt Greene said of Roloson. "He's been doing that all year for us.

"He makes every save he should."

Roloson had his 21st career shutout as Edmonton improved to 4-19-2 in regular-season games in Dallas since the Stars moved from Minnesota in 1993.

"We have had our struggles here, but it's been different eras with a couple of different teams," Oilers' coach Craig MacTavish said. "I don't think there was ever a time when this building was easy for anybody."

Raffi Torres also scored for the Oilers, who've won three straight and are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games.

Stars goaltender Marty Turco was coming off back-to-back shutouts, but the Oilers got the power-play goal midway through the first period and never allowed Dallas to gain momentum. Turco finished with 13 saves.

"As a team, we played a great defensive game," said Roloson, who improved to 14-8-2. "Our defencemen were making good blocks.

"We won because we played such a great defensive game, from the defence all the way out to the forwards."

With 1 second left on the two-man advantage, the Oilers got the game's first goal when Bergeron's blast from the top of the right circle got through Turco's pads at 11:13 of the first period.

"Our 5-on-3 has been good lately," Bergeron said. "It gives us lots of momentum either way. "Taking advantage was a huge part of this game."

Seconds before Bergeron's goal, MacTavish called a timeout to reorganize his power play. It didn't take lone for Turco's shutout streak to end at 154 minutes 19 seconds.

"I wanted to settle everybody down and work on one play," MacTavish said.

Torres struck from the slot at 2:51 of the second period.

Once the Oilers got the lead, they settled into a defensive mode, getting off only five shots in the last two periods and blocking 26 shots for the night.

That's the kind of defensive style the Stars usually employ.

"They did a good job of getting in the way of our shots and giving us few opportunities," Stars forward Stu Barnes said. "But we need to find a way to get the puck to the net and get some scramble situations."

Edmonton started the night as the league's top penalty-killing team, and the Oilers showed why when they kept the Stars scoreless over two minutes of a 5-on-3 Dallas power play in the second period. Dallas failed to convert on five power-play chances.

The Oilers tried to limit long-range shots by Stars defenceman Philippe Boucher, who had four power-play goals in Dallas's last four home games.


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Not only was it a rare win in Texas but it was the first time the Oilers had shut out the Stars franchise since 1989.

Edited by Rids:
Correction first time the Oilers had shut out the Stars franchise in Dallas or Minnesota since 1989.
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