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Bruised, battered, but winning

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

Bill Guerin's face told the tale of a rugged road trip to Alberta.

The bump and cut on his nose, along with the yellow and blue bruising around his eye were unkind reminders of a visit to Calgary on Thursday - vestiges of a spirited tussle with Dion Phaneuf.

But the smile was clear evidence of the success Guerin's Dallas Stars enjoyed on the visit.

Back-to-back victories, including last night's 3-2 decision over the Edmonton Oilers, sent a battered Guerin back to Texas a happy man.

"It's not too bad having black eyes every now and then or some stitches. It makes you feel like a hockey player," said Guerin, who scored once and set up a goal against his former club.

"I've been gone from here for five years, but I truly enjoyed my time here. They say 'Once an Oiler, always an Oiler' and I'm proud of that."

Guerin, who now has five points on the season, played like a power forward and was the best skater on the ice all night.

The only player who came close to stealing that honour was the Stars' new netminder Johan Hedberg, a free-agent acquistion in August who made his Dallas debut.

Hedberg stood out by making 34 saves, many coming over the final 25 minutes of the game when the Oilers suddenly got interested.

"We put the challenge to him and he made a great impression,"said Dallas head coach Dave Tippett, who gave credit to Guerin and his linemates Jason Arnott and Brendan Morrow.

"They can be a very dominating line. The thing about them is that they are so big and strong and in back-to-back games they came out and were just as strong the second night. They were an integral part of our win."


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