DALLAS (Ticker) -- The Dallas Stars did not spend the entire game on the power play. It only seemed that way.
Converting three of an amazing 19 power plays, the Stars scored six unanswered goals to rout the Edmonton Oilers, 6-1, and even the Western Conference quarterfinal series at one victory apiece.
Dallas was listless in a 2-1 loss in Game One, but the top-seeded Stars flexed their muscle in this one, posting their first playoff win at their new home, the America Airlines Arena.
"That was a good old-fashioned revved up playoff game, that one right there," Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. "That was fun and a good game. We played hard and will take some positives out of this game and move forward."
With the contest out of a reach, the third period disintregated into a constant procession to the penalty box, with the Stars going on the power play 12 times over the final 20 minutes.
"It's unfortunate, a bit of an ugly finish," Dallas center Mike Modano said of the chippy play in the third period.
"The officials did what they had to do to control it," said Scott Young, who scored two goals for the Stars in the first period. "They called a lot of penalties all game. There's only so much you can do as an official."
The penalty-filled contest represented another chapter in the rivalry between the Stars and Oilers, who are meeting in the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years.
"I don't know if it was a rivalry against us or against the referees," Modano said. "They (Oilers) were frustrated like we were last game."
"If we lose the game, we were at least going to take our toll physically on the opposition," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "we started to get physical and we weren't happy at the liberties we felt Dallas was taking with our guys. We weren't going to stand for that."
Dallas defenseman Derian Hatcher received his second straight game misconduct, which according to NHL playoff rules, mandates a two-game suspension, although the Stars have a right to appeal within 48 hours. That was the only negative for Dalas, which outshot the Oilers, 41-13.
"My first playoff win obviously feels very good," said Dallas goaltender Marty Turco, who recorded just 12 saves. "I've got the attitude like the other guys on the team. We're taking it one game at a time and tonight we were successful."
The Oilers maintained their composure throughout their victory in the series opener and got a lucky bounce to grab the early lead in this one.
Eric Brewer's slap shot from the center of the blue line went wide, but it hit the back boards and bounced in front to Marty Reasoner, whose shot ricocheted off the stick of Turco to make it 1-0 at 6:34 of the first.
But the Oilers self-destructed, giving the Stars five power plays in the opening 20 minutes, including a pair of 5-on-3s. Dallas took full advantage, scoring three goals in the last 10 minutes of the period, including two power-play tallies.
"The game is over now, so we are just going to put it behind us," Edmonton right wing Brad Isbister said. "We got the split, so we're happy. It's not total goals, it's wins."
Dallas cashed in another power play to take the lead for good. Darryl Sydor faked a shot from the left circle, then passed in the slot to Young, who scored on a one-timer with 5:48 remaining.
The Oilers gave up another goal with just 50 seconds left in the first as Young's slap shot from the right circle hit the far post before deflecting into the net to make it 3-1.
"We didn't have our strongest game last gamne, so we needed to come out on all cylinders tonight," Dallas center Jason Arnott said. "We got the bounces tonight and Marty played well in net."
The Oilers also allowed a late goal in the second as Arnott scored with 1:08 remaining. The Stars did not let up, with Modano and Ulf Dahlen scoring in the third period.
"We're confident and we're going back home," Oilers left wing Ethan Moreau said. "That (loss) is not going to deflate us one bit."
The Oilers host Game Three on Sunday, but they will need a bounce-back game from Salo, who was pulled 6:03 into the third period. Jussi Markkanen made his playoff debut, stopping 11 of the 12 shots he faced.