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NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Edmonton



(Tuesday, January 20th)

Final Score: Edmonton 3, Dallas 0

Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Raffi Torres scored a pair of goals as the Edmonton Oilers blanked the Dallas Stars, 3-0, at Rexall Place.

Tommy Salo wasn't challenged much, stopping all 16 of the shots he faced for the Oilers, who have earned a point in four of their last five games (3-1-1). The netminder now has back-to-back shutouts at Rexall, extending his streak of minutes played at home without allowing a goal to 121:25.

"It's always nice to get a shutout, but it's better to get the win," Salo said. "They (Stars) looked a little bit tired but we still played good defense."

Defenseman Scott Ferguson tallied the other goal for Edmonton, his first in 49 games.

Marty Turco made 21 saves for the Stars, who looked uninspired from the start as they concluded their five-game West Coast swing with a 3-2 mark.

"The last half of the season is going to be a dog fight," said Dallas coach Dave Tippett. "The difference on which teams do or don't make the playoffs will be determined on who wins the head-to-head match-ups with the teams in your own conference."

The first 40 minutes were scoreless, with Turco facing 14 shots to Salo's 11.

Ferguson's goal, his first of the season, came just 1:17 into the third frame, and it turned out to be the deciding marker. Brad Isbister tried to stuff home the rebound of a shot by Mike York, but the puck squirted across to Ferguson, who buried the puck into the open net.

Torres increased the lead to 2-0 just 5 1/2 minutes later with his 14th goal of the year. He came streaking down the left wing on a 2-on-1 break, and followed up his original shot to beat Turco on the rebound opportunity.

Edmonton put the exclamation point on the victory when Torres fluttered a wrist shot past Turco for a power-play goal.

Game Notes

The shutout for Salo was the third in his last six contests...He has allowed just five goals in his last six appearances...The Oilers finished 1-for-3 on the power-play while Dallas was scoreless in four chances....Dallas forwards Mike Modano, Brenden Morrow, Jere Lehtinen and Jason Arnott were all held without a shot.

01/21 00:19:01 ET


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