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Stars have seen this movie

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:03 PM ET

Been there, won that.

The Dallas Stars know exactly what it's like to catch shootout lightning in a bottle.

It's goooood.

In dominating the league's tie-breaking process two years ago, going a remarkable 12-1, the Stars posted an NHL record that still stands.

For now.

"We had about 15 or 18 points because of the shootout," said Mike Modano.

"It can come in handy as the season goes on. At the end of the year you look back at how many points you can lose or gain because of the shootout. It can pay off in the end."

For the Oilers, at a staggering 10-1 in shootouts, it's paying off right now.

It's scary to think where they'd be without their penalty-shot prowess. Fortunately, they don't have to.

"They have some crafty guys who can make some moves and get people thinking," said Modano.

Just like the Stars did when they were winning automatically.

"It was two reasons, Zubov and Jokinen," said netminder Marty Turco, explaining their success in 2005-06.

"Jussi got a lot of praise and deservedly so. His move was flawless.

"The goalies had all seen it and thought they could stop it. Those two guys we incredible."

Jokinen was 10-for-13, Zubov seven-for-12.

When the Stars got to a shootout, the knew they were going to win, simple as that.

"It's confidence," said Turco. "It's more in your head.

Near the end, it gets down to a belief. When you're in that overtime you're not worried about pressing to score a goal."

Which results in fewer risks, and fewer mistakes, late in third periods and over overtime.

"You might not jump up if you're a defenceman to join the rush and look for that goal," said Turco.

"You might hold back. When you get down to the end of the game it's a tense time, when games are tight, as a lot of them are these days. But we were playing a lot freer. It does help down the stretch at the end of games and in overtime."

Turco sees the same thing in Edmonton.

"It's everybody over there," he said of triggermen Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner.

"Young guys, older guys and certainly the goalies, their numbers are a big reason, if not all the reason."


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