Roles reversed

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

DALLAS -- Slump-busters the last time they saw the Edmonton Oilers, the Dallas Stars took a turn playing streak-breakers at the American Airlines Center last night.

Mind you, after making the Stars their patsies Oct. 28 by ending a seven-game losing skid at their expense with a gritty, determined display in a 5-3 decision, the Oilers didn't bring much to the table in the rematch, providing their with hosts a helping hand in reversing roles.

In the third stop of a seven-game road swing and playing with a lineup shot full of holes by injuries, the Oilers didn't look anywhere near as determined about keeping a five-game winning streak alive this time around on the way to a 4-0 loss. Out of gas? Maybe. Out of luck? Definitely.

Six straight was never close.

"We didn't have the jam and we didn't have the legs," said Ryan Smyth, who had his career-high five-game goal-scoring streak ended. "The bottom line is they outplayed us in a lot of areas we were playing well in."

Goals by Jussi Jokinen, Junior Lessard, Stephane Robidas and Mike Modano were plenty for the Stars on a night Marty Turco was called on to make just 16 saves for his first shutout of the season and 22nd of his career. The Oilers and the streak went out with a whimper.

"We didn't execute and we weren't working as hard as they were and as smart as they were," said captain Jason Smith, who slugged it out with Bill Guerin in a lively scrap. "There's a lot of good players on that team and they took advantage of it."

In easily their most dismal 20 minutes of the season, the Oilers played with no jump, no smarts and no clue in the first period, one in which they were outshot 14-2 and outworked by an equal margin.

Jokinen, on a power play, and Lessard, with his first NHL goal, put pucks behind Jussi Markkanen, making his 11th straight start.

The 2-0 deficit going into the first intermission flattered the Oilers.

"I wasn't worried about their frame of mind the last time they came in," smiled Dallas coach Dave Tippett, who knew he had a hungry team on his hands the last time he saw the Oilers.

"We're still concentrating on our team, but they certainly are a different group ... they were desperate the last time they came in."

The Oilers weren't much better in the second period, and when Robidas made it 3-0 with his first of the season - he looked like Rocket Richard doing so as he cut in from the wing, zipped past Steve Staios and tucked a backhand past Markkanen - the Oilers and the streak were done.

Markkanen, thrown under the bus, got the mercy hook 1:48 into the third period after Modano made it 4-0.

"We've got to take responsibility," Smyth said.

"We weren't up to par. If you want to keep a streak going, you have to get an effort on a nightly basis."

Visor for Peca

Michael Peca took the pre-game skate to stretch his legs and test a visor, a piece of equipment he intends to wear when he returns to the lineup from his concussion.

Peca has worn a visor in the past, to protect a fractured orbital bone around his left eye, but he's looking at making it a permanent part of his equipment from now on.

AROUND THE RINK ... Chris Pronger, hobbled by a bruised right foot after blocking a shot in St. Louis, was back on the blue-line and logged 27:12 of ice time ... Mike Morrison saw his first NHL action as he came on to mop up for Markkanen.


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