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EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- Dwayne Roloson made 39 saves and

defenseman Sheldon Souray recorded a goal and an assist to lead

the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on

Saturday in the opener of a five-game homestand.

Dustin Penner, Erik Cole and Andrew Cogliano also scored and

Shawn Horcoff collected a pair of assists for the Oilers, who

snapped a two-game slide.

"We need to come out every night and show the same kind of

enthusiasm that we showed tonight," Cole said. "Especially at

the start of this homestand. This is a key stretch of games for

us to start building something and put some wins together,

especially coming off our last two losses."

"We've had our ups and downs in this building," Roloson said.

"But we played a complete team game, and it's great for us to

start off this homestand the way we did."

Cole got Edmonton on the board with his seventh goal at 8:41 of

the first period, and Souray's tally 56 seconds later proved to

be the game-winner.

"We got off to a great start tonight and moved the puck really

well," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "There were some

great individual performances and guys that are elevating their

games. More guys are contributing offensively than what we have

had. It was a great start to the new year."

James Neal netted the lone goal for the Stars, who failed to

capitalized on five power-play opportunities.

"We focused on the penalty kill in meetings and went over it in

almost a school atmosphere," Penner said. "A lot of questions

were asked, and a lot of answers were given."

The Oilers came out setting a physical tone, with two fights

breaking out in the first eight minutes.

"Early on, we weren't even close (to matching them physically),"

Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. "We gave up two goals that

started from behind their net - that's 200 feet away. We give

up two soft goals early and you get chasing the game and

that's... Once we got our legs under us, Roloson was very good,

but not enough push from our side tonight."

Dallas' Krys Barch drew the ire of both Zack Stortini and

defenseman Jason Strudwick and got to choose between the two.

Barch went with Strudwick for a prolonged bout 3:07 into the

game.

The normally reserved Penner was the next Edmonton player to

drop his gloves, throwing a few quick shots at Landon Wilson

before taking him down to the ice at 8:07.

"When he is emotionally invested in the game, that's the impact

he can have," MacTavish said of Penner. "The way he played it,

he was a wrecking machine in many ways. He played really well

for us."

The fights seemed to spark the Oilers, who scored twice in less

than a minute after Penner took his seat in the penalty box.

Cole continued to rediscover his offensive touch, beating Marty

Turco to the glove side with a wrist shot at 8:41.

Souray's breakaway goal at 9:37 made it 2-0. The defenseman

took a feed from Horcoff and skated in on Turco before putting a

wrist shot past the goaltender for his 12th tally of the season.

"It's hard. These are the games that are really important for

us, but we didn't show up and we let them get a lead," Stars

defenseman Stephane Robidas said. "They played a good game,

you've got to give them credit, but we didn't do the things that

we did well against Jersey (in a 4-2 win on Wednesday), the

things that made us successful. We didn't win the 1-on-1

battles, and that's what happened. You can't expect to win

hockey games when you don't win 1-on-1 battles."

Wilson did not return to the ice at the start of the second

period following his battle with Penner. He will be

re-evaluated on Sunday.

Working the power play, Penner pushed the lead to 3-0 at 7:23 of

the second. Souray's slap shot from the blue line hit the

goalpost, bounced off Turco's back and landed on Penner's stick,

giving him a vacant net at which to shoot for his 10th of the

season.

"This is a game that if we're going to be a good team, we have

to bring the consistency every night, and this is a slap in the

face for our team," Tippett said. "We didn't compete hard

enough, our top players right through to the bottom of our

lineup. We didn't push this game hard enough. We should have

looked at this game like a playoff game almost, and we didn't do

enough to win the game."

Having set up Souray for the slap shot, Horcoff picked up his

200th career assist on the play.

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