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Eric Lindros has three assists to lead Stars to 4-1 victory over Kings

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Antti Miettinen and Brenden Morrow also scored for Dallas. Marty Turco made 32 saves, helping the defending Pacific Division champions improve to 3-0 - all with the two-time all-star in net. The only thing that stood between Turco and his 25th career shutout was Raitis Ivanans' first NHL goal with 17:09 to play.

Turco set a franchise record last season with a career-high 41 victories. He was rewarded in January with a four-year, US$22.8 million contract extension, which prevented him from becoming an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season and locked him up through the 2009-10 season. Three seasons ago, Turco set a modern NHL record with a 1.72 goals-against average.

Miettinen opened the scoring 19 seconds after the opening faceoff with a one-timer from short range after Niklas Hagman set him up from behind the net. Modano made it 2-0 at 14:22 of the first period, converting a rebound after Dan Cloutier made a leg save on a 35-foot slap shot by Lindros in the slot.

Morrow gave Dallas a three-goal lead at 1:55 of the second period, backhanding the puck off Cloutier from a sharp angle to the right of the net. Cloutier didn't face the Stars last season while with Vancouver. He was limited to just 13 games because of a knee injury that knocked him out for the final 61 games.

Turco stopped the first 27 shots he faced before the Kings got on the board less than 3 minutes into the third period. Tom Kostopoulos dumped the puck into the left corner and took a strange carom into the left circle instead of going around the boards. Ivanans outhustled former Kings defenceman Philippe Boucher to the puck and sent a wrist shot over Turco's glove as he slid out to cut down the angle.

The Stars were 0-for-13 on the power play this season before Jokinen connected with 20 seconds left on a hooking penalty against Kostopoulos. Lindros set him up with a backhanded pass in front of the crease.

Notes: The Kings were 6-2 against Dallas last season, the only team in the division with a winning record against the Stars. Four of the victories decided by one goal. ... Modano has 34 goals and 74 points in 68 career games against Los Angeles. ... The Kings were 0-for-8 on the power play. ... This was the first of three games the Stars will play in Southern California in a span of four nights. They are back at Staples Center on Saturday and play at Anaheim on Sunday.