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The Dallas Stars are off to the best 12-game start in franchise history. There's no telling how good they can be if Eric Lindros' most recent performance is a sign of things to come.
Lindros and the Stars look to record their Western Conference-leading 11th win when they open a four-game road trip against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.
After managing only one goal in his first 11 games, Lindros used his 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame on a pair of scores in the Stars' 4-1 victory over visiting St. Louis on Wednesday.
"Sooner or later they were going to go in," said Lindros, who has 370 career goals. "Over the course (of my career), there's been some ugly ones, some pretty ones, but sooner or later, things start to happen. Those weren't pretty goals for me, but they all count the same."
Mike Modano and Jussi Jokinen each added a goal and an assist and Marty Turco stopped 23 shots for Dallas, which completed a 3-1 homestand and improved to 10-2-0 on the season. The team's best previous 12-game mark was 9-2 with one tie in 1996-97 and 1982-83.
Although injuries limited Lindros to 33 games with Toronto last season, he did produce 11 goals and 11 assists. If the imposing 33-year-old forward can stay injury-free, something he hasn't done since the 2002-03 season, Dallas becomes a much more difficult team to defend.
"Eric is a hard guy to contain when he's playing like he played tonight," Modano said. "His M.O. since he came into the league has been to create space and make things happen and he did that tonight."
The top line of Modano, Jokinen and Jere Lehtinen combined for two goals and three assists on Wednesday, giving the unit 13 goals and 26 points this season.
"It looked like Jere and Jussi were moving well and skating well," Modano told dallasstars.com. "I think when the three of us are doing that, the ice seems to open up, plays seem to get created, and it's a good thing. If that continues here for a little stretch, that could be good for us."
Outstanding play from Turco has been another reason behind the Stars' fast start. He is among the league leaders with eight wins and a 1.99 goals-against average. Turco has done well in 17 career regular season and playoff starts against the Oilers, going 12-5 with a 2.04 GAA.
This matchup begins Dallas' second four-game road trip of the season, having gone 3-1 on the first one. This trip includes stops in Vancouver, Calgary and Phoenix.
Edmonton failed in a bid for the best home start in franchise history, falling 5-3 to red-hot Nashville on Wednesday.
Ales Hemsky, Ryan Smyth and Marc-Andre Bergeron scored for the Oilers, who had won their first six games at Rexall Place, joining the 1985 and 1986 teams to accomplish that feat. The loss also snapped their 10-game overall home win streak, dating back to last season.
"I don't think the streak meant that much to the team," goalie Dwayne Roloson said. "Accolades are great but all we are worried about is winning games in general and trying to get back to where we were in the playoffs last year and to win our last game of the year."
Edmonton, which has dropped three of four overall, opens a five-game road trip at Montreal on Tuesday.
The Stars won three of four meetings against the Oilers in 2005-06, and are 25-8-5 against them in the regular season since 1993-94. Modano has 44 goals and 104 points in 94 regular season and playoff games against Edmonton.