Dallas Stars: Marty Turco

Boston Bruins sign ex-Star Marty Turco

March, 5, 2012
3/05/12
7:07
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The Boston Bruins have signed ex-Star goalie Marty Turco. Boston backup Tuuka Rask is out 4-6 weeks with a lower abdomen/groin strain. Turco has to clear waivers and won't be eligible for the playoffs.

Here's an excerpt from the Bruins' release on the signing:
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed goaltender Marty Turco to a one-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed at this time.

Turco will be placed on waivers and if he clears waivers, he will join the Bruins on Wednesday, March 7. Please also note that if he does clear waivers, he will not be eligible to play in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs should the Bruins qualify, as he is joining the club after the Trade Deadline.

The full release is here.

Turco leads team to European Trophy title

December, 18, 2011
12/18/11
9:36
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Former Stars goaltender Marty Turco led Austria's Red Bull Salzburg to a 3-2 victory over Helsinki Jokerit in the championship game of the European Trophy on Sunday.

Turco, who stopped 32 of 34 shots in Sunday’s game, ended the tournament with a 3-0 record, 1.95 goals against average and .950 save percentage (114 saves on 120 shots).

The European Trophy official site is here.
Former Stars goalie Marty Turco has signed a deal to play for EC Red Bull Salzburg of Austria in the Red Bulls Salute, the final tournament of the European Trophy.

Turco arrived in Salzburg, Austria Monday and said: “I feel fit and ready to win,” according to the club’s official web site.

The tournament features eight teams from around Europe and runs from December 16 to December 18.

Stars rout Blackhawks, 5-0

March, 17, 2011
3/17/11
8:17
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The Dallas Stars snapped a two-game losing streak with an impressive 5-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center on Thursday night.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 23 shots for his second shutout in the last four games. Jamie Benn and Brenden Morrow each had a goal and an assist. Steve Ott, Jason Williams and Brandon Segal also scored goals. Mike Ribeiro and Brad Richards had two assists each.

The Stars improved to 2-2-1 on their current homestand, which continues Saturday when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers.

Quotable

“We were really pleased with the way everybody pitched in defensively. I thought you look at key elements in our game tonight where we need to have big performances from our defense, our penalty killing and our goaltender, and we got all of those things. … Our penalty killing, I think that was probably the strongest penalty kill game we’ve had this year and it was a difference maker.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

“Everybody was certainly ready. We had lost two in a row at home. We really wanted to win, play the right way, do the little things right and be responsible especially in our own end. I think that showed today.” – Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.

“From here on out – the next 11 games - we could probably say that every time we win that it’s the biggest win. This was good for our locker room because it this is a little bit how it feels when you are in a series. You lose a couple heartbreakers and you are still right in it. You’ve got to get right back on the horse and win a big one.“ – Stars forward Brad Richards

Notes

*Stars won the season series against Chicago with a 3-1-0 record. Chicago had a 1-2-1 mark in the three games.

*Kari Lehtonen’s shutout was his second of the season and his second in the last four games.

*Lehtonen picked up his sixth assist in the season in the game, setting a new franchise mark for assists by a goaltender in a season. Lehtonen had been tied with Marty (2008-09) and Ed Belfour (2001-02), who had five assists in a season.

*Jamie Benn ran his points streak to nine games (8 goals, 5 assists) .

*Mike Ribeiro has 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists) in the last 14 games.

*Steve Ott’s goal was his first since February 9 and snapped a 16-game goal scoring drought.

*The Stars won on St. Patrick’s Day for the first time since March 17, 1998 (4-3 vs. Los Angeles).

First period

The Stars scored the only goal of the period with 2:23 left. After Kari Lehtonen made a save on Michael Frolik, Brad Richards got to the rebound and set up Steve Ott on a breakaway with a long backhand pass, and Ott beat Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford with a wrist shot. Lehtonen picked up an assist on the goal, giving him six on the season which established a new franchise record.

The Blackhawks outshot the Stars 11-8 in the period. Both teams had one power play chance and both were 0-1.

Stars forward Brandon Segal and Blackhawks forward Jake Dowell dropped the gloves late in the period and both picked up fighting majors.

Mark Fistric and Krys Barch were scratched for the Stars. Loui Eriksson (upper body) and Adam Burish (lower body) are out.

Second period

The Stars made it a 2-0 game at 1:01 of the second period. After Brenden Morrow blocked a shot the Stars got a two-on-one and Mike Ribeiro set up Jamie Benn, who blasted the puck past Corey Crawford from the right circle.

The Stars made it 3-0 at the 3:35 mark with a goal off the rush. Benn sent a cross-ice pass to Morrow, who scored off a one-timer from the right circle. That was it for Crawford, who gave up three goals on ten shots. In came backup Marty Turco.

The Blackhawks got a 4:00 power play with 12:33 left in the second when Tomas Vincour took a double minor for high sticking, but Chicago couldn’t take advantage. Blackhawks defenseman negated 2:00 of the power play when he took a charging penalty and the Stars were able to kill off the rest of the time to keep it a 3-0 game.

Steve Ott got his second breakaway of the game late in the period, but couldn’t cash in on this one as Turco made a sharp glove save to keep it a 3-0 game with 2:15 left in the second.

The Stars almost 4-0 just as time was expiring, but Alex Goligoski’s shot hit the post.

Third period

The Stars extended the lead to 4-0 at the 2:54 mark of the third period. After Turco came out of the net, he turned it to Stars forward Jason Williams and Williams put it into the open net as Turco tried scramble back into position.

Just after a Dallas power play expired Brandon Segal, recalled earlier in the day from the AHL, scored off a scramble in front of the net to give the Stars a 5-0 lead at the 11:52 mark.

Stars lineup

Morrow-Ribeiro-Benn
Ott-Richards-Langenbrunner
Petersen-Wandell-Williams
Vincour-Benn-Segal
Sutherby-Wandell-Vincour

Grossman-Robidas
Skrastins-Goligoski
Woywitka-Daley

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Injured: Eriksson (upper body), Burish (lower body)

Scratches: Barch, Fistric

Power play units

Morrow-Ribeiro-Benn-Goligoski-Robidas
Ott-Richards-Langenbrunner-Goligoski-Robidas/Woywitka/Daley

Penalty kill units

Ott-Benn-Skrastins-Robidas
Wandell-Petersen-Goligoski-Robidas
Morrow-Ribeiro-Skrastins-Grossman
Petersen-Langenbrunner-Skrastins-Robidas

Stars-Blackhawks photos

February, 12, 2011
2/12/11
9:52
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Here are some photos from last night's Dallas Stars-Chicago Blackhawks game.You can see all Shannon Byrne's photos here or by clicking below on the image of Brenden Morrow and Marty Turco.

#10 Brenden Morrow shoots on former teammate #30 Marty Turco

Postgame thoughts

February, 12, 2011
2/12/11
2:28
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Some thoughts and observations after the Dallas Stars rallied for a 4-3 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks Friday night at American Airlines Center.

Quite a turnaround. Early on this had all the makings of being a disappointing night, especially when you consider the Stars’ recent slide. They were down 3-0 just under 13 minutes into the game and were really on their heels. But they found a way to turn around, were clearly the better over the last two periods, got it tied up and came up with the extra point in the shootout. Who knows how things play out over the rest of the way, but to date this is the biggest win of the season.

Turning point: Lehtonen’s save on Seabrook: It wouldn’t become evident until much later in the evening, but Kari Lehtonen’s glove save on Brent Seabrook with Chicago on a five-on-three power play late in the first period turned out to be a key turning point in the game. Chicago scores there and it’s 4-0 and the mountain is probably too high for the Stars to climb. But Lehtonen makes the save, it survives a video review and the Stars kill the rest of the five-on-three. That opened the door for the rally. Was it a goal? It was close.

Said Lehtonen : “It was right there, they might have said it was a goal. Instead, it went this way. It was a huge change. I think 4-0 would have been too much for us.”

The PK : The Stars’ penalty kill came up big two other times, once early in the second period when it was still a 3-0 game and Mark Fistric was in the box for a hit that knocked Fernando Pisani out of the game and then in the final four minutes of regulation with the game tied 3-3. The PK ended up having a good night, killing off four of five against a very, very good Chicago power play.

The shootout: I am not a big fan of the shootout, but this one was intriguing since it pitted the Stars against Marty Turco. Interesting choice by Marc Crawford to go with Brenden Morrow as the first shooter, since Morrow isn’t used all that often shootouts and hasn’t been used at all this year. Morrow scores, and then so does Brad Richards and Mike Ribeiro. The Stars get the win, which ended the post All-Star break winless streak.

Moving forward: The Stars need to build on this big win in Sunday’s game with Columbus. They can make this a very successful homestand with a victory, which would give them five out of six points and give them some momentum as they head out to Western Canada for a road trip.

Big rally equals big win for Stars

February, 12, 2011
2/12/11
12:23
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There’s still a lot of hockey left to be played and who knows what the future holds, but the Stars may have pulled off their biggest win of the season Friday night, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in a shootout at American Airlines Center.

“For our group this is a great win,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “It could catapult us into this great race we are going to be going through these last 27 games.”

The Stars snapped a four-game winless streak, picking up their first win since the All-Star break. They picked up a crucial pair of points, staying two points ahead of both San Jose and Anaheim in the race for first place in the Pacific Division.

“Any win is hugely important and for us this could prove to be a catalyst,” said Crawford. “The adversity that we’ve gone through can really service us going forward and the way that it can is if we continue to play with the effort we had tonight.”

The Stars got a huge game-turning save from Kari Lehtonen late in the first period and then goals from Stephane Robidas, Brad Richards and Brenden Morrow in a 4:48 span late in the second period and early in the third to tie the game and then eventually would win it in the shootout.

“We’ve shown all year that this team doesn’t quit and that was in full effect tonight,” said Stars defenseman Trevor Daley.

It wasn’t a pretty start for the Stars, who were blitzed early by the Blackhawks. A turnover led to a Patrick Kane goal 3:39 into the game.

“That mistake affected us,” said Crawford. “We had seven or eight guys affected by that one mistake and we played the rest of the period on our heels.”

Just 31 seconds after the Kane goal, Brent Seabrook scored to make it a 2-0 game. Patrick Sharp scored on the power play at the 12:56 mark and it was 3-0.

What turned out to be a key turning point for the Stars came with 4:28 left in the first period with Chicago on a five-on-three power play and a chance to go up 4-0. Kari Lehtonen came up with a spectacular glove save on Seabrook to keep it a 3-0 game.

“That was the difference maker tonight,” said Stars defenseman Trevor Daley. “To go down that much… This team never quits, but to battle back against a team like that it would have been tough. That’s what that guy has been doing all year for us.”

The ruling on the ice was no goal, but it went to video review and the ruling on the ice was upheld.

“Now, when you look at back it was a huge change.” said Lehtonen.” I think 4-0 would have been too much for us. It felt good.”

But it wasn’t until late in the second period when the Stars finally got their rally going. Robidas pinched into the offensive zone, circled the Chicago net and scored from the left circle with 4:01 left to make it a 3-1 game. Richards scored on the power play with 4.2 seconds left in the period to make it 3-2. And Morrow scored off a scramble in front of the net 47 seconds into the third to tie the game.

The game headed to the shootout, where Crawford chose Morrow, who hadn’t been used in the shootout this season, to go first.

“I picked Brenden because I was hoping he would score,” said Crawford.

And Morrow did. So did Richards and Ribeiro to give the Stars the much needed win and two points.

“Other than Morrow’s, where I knew where he was shooting, the other ones, you get beat, you get beat,” said Marty Turco, who lost in his first start against his former team. “It’s a little tougher to swallow this time, but I felt pretty good, but not to get two points and the win is disappointing.”

There was no disappointment for the Stars, who won for the first time since the All-Star break.

“It was huge. We were going through a little patch here where it hasn’t been fun,” said Richards. People around us have maybe started to doubt, but we in here knew if we just kept plugging away.”

Said Crawford: “Give our guys a ton of credit. They showed their character, they showed their determination and they showed their will to win. ... In a lot of ways, maybe that's a better win to have because it did take so much heart and determination.''

Stars rally, down Blackhawks in shootout

February, 11, 2011
2/11/11
8:18
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The Dallas Stars snapped a four-game winless streak in grand fashion Friday night, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in a shootout at American Airlines Center. Stephane Robidas, Brad Richards and Brenden Morrow scored goals for the Stars. Richards, Morrow and Mike Ribeiro scored in the shootout. Kari Lehtonen stopped 23 of 26 shots in regulation and overtime and 1 of 2 in the shootout. With the victory the Stars took sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division.

Quotable

“We’ve shown all year that this team doesn’t quit and that was in full effect tonight.” – Stars defenseman Trevor Daley

“Any win is hugely important and for us this could prove to be a catalyst. The adversity that we’ve gone through can really service us going forward and the way that it can is if we continue to play with the effort we had tonight. That’s the level we’ve got to get to. When we were at the top of our game for two months, that’s the level people saw us at. For 46 minutes of the game tonight, we were at that level.” Stars coach Marc Crawford

"We weren't skating at first, we were watching. You could tell the mice were spinning in our heads and that goes with the territory when you lose a few. Once we got down 3-0 it was like we had nothing to lose and guys started having fun and skating. Once we started doing that we took over the game. ... It’s a good lesson that move your feet first and if you move your feet, things will take care of itself. That way you take all the thinking out of the game. Thinking is overrated in hockey.” - Stars center Brad Richards

"It was more of a fun environment for me to come back to, and play in, something you look forward to. For me, it’s the first time anything like this has happened in my career, and it was great. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed most of it. It was a lot of work, it was an intense game, but once I got in the game, I felt pretty comfortable and pretty relaxed and taking it all in, playing my game. That’s probably the disappointment, not coming away with the win, and where we are (in the standings) and how valuable the points are. Overall, it was a good feeling coming in here." Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco

Notes

*The Stars overcame a three-goal deficit to win a game for the first time since March 30, 2007, when they rallied to beat Detroit 4-2 in a shootout.

*The Stars improved to 5-4 in shootouts this season and to 9-6 in games decided beyond regulation.

*The Stars improved to 6-15-2 when trailing after two periods, the second best record in the league in that category.

*Brenden Morrow’s shootout goal came on his first shootout attempt of the season.

First period

The Blackhawks scored two goals 31 seconds apart early in the first period to take a 2-0 lead.

Patrick Kane picked off a Nicklas Grossman pass and fired the puck past Kari Lehtonen from the slot 3:39 into the game to make it 1-0 Chicago.

Jonathan Toews set up Brent Seabrook, who scored from the slot at the 4:10 mark to give Chicago a 2-0 lead.

Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco came up with his first big stop, making a save on a Brenden Morrow shot from the left circle at the 7:54 mark.

After the Stars missed on their first power play chance of the game, Chicago immediately got its first chance with the man-advantage and cashed in. Toews sent a pass across the crease to Patrick Sharp, who tapped it into the open side of the net to make it a 3-0 game at the 12:56 mark.

Chicago got a 49 second five-on-three power play later in the period. Lehtonen made a great glove save on Seabrook to keep it a 3-0 game. The save survived a video review as well. The Stars killed off the five-on-three and the five-on-four .

Turco got a round of applause with 7:54 left in the first after he was shown on the scoreboard with the text, “Thanks Marty.”

Second period

The Stars came to life in the second period, scoring two goals to cut Chicago’s lead to 3-2.

The Stars finally broke through late in the period when Stephane Robidas pinched in along the right boards to keep the play alive, circled behind the net and scored on Marty Turco from the bottom of the left circle with 4:01 left in the period.

Turco came up with a big save on Tom Wandell with 2:00 left in the period to keep it a 3-1 game.

But the Stars went on a power play with 40.8 seconds left in the period and Brad Richards scored off a blast from the right circle with 4.2 seconds remaining in the period to make it a 3-2 game.

Third period

The Stars tied the game 47 seconds into the period when Robidas backhanded a puck on net, Jamie Langenbrunner’s bid was denied and then Brenden Morrow batted the puck out of the air and past a scrambling Turco. The play was reviewed and it was ruled a good goal.

The Stars had a couple of power play chances to take the lead, but couldn’t cash in. Turco made big saves on Loui Eriksson and Langenbrunner on the second one midway through the period.

The Hawks came close to taking the lead, but a Tomas Kopecky shot from the slot hit the post with about eight minutes remaining.

Turco got a piece of a Steve Ott shorthanded bid with four minutes remaining in the game and Lehtonen stopped a Bryan Bickell bid from the slot with 16 seconds left.

It was announced in the third period that the Blackhawks had lost forwards Fernando Pisani, Ryan Johnson and Viktor Stalberg in the game.

Overtime/Shootout

There was plenty of end-to-end action in the overtime, but no scoring so it went to the shootout.

Morrow, Dallas: Wrist shot, score, Dallas 1-0
Toews, Chicago: Fake, wrist shot, score, Tied 1-1
Richards, Dallas: Wrist shot, score, Dallas 2-1
Sharp, Chicago: Wrist shot, save Lehtonen, Dallas 2-1
Ribeiro, Dallas: Wrist shot, score, Dallas wins 3-1

Stars lineup

Neal-Richards-Eriksson
Morrow-Ribeiro-Langenbrunner
Ott-Wandell-Vincour
Wathier-Gagnon-Sutherby

Grossman-Robidas
Woywitka-Daley
Skrastins-Fistric

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Scratches: Niskanen

Injured: Burish (orbital bone), Barch (orbital bone), Benn (shoulder), Petersen (leg), Sawada (shoulder)

Power play units

Morrow-Ribeiro-Eriksson-Richards-Robidas
Neal-Ott-Langenbrunner-Richards-Daley

Penalty kill units

Ott-Eriksson-Skrastins-Daley
Gagnon-Sutherby-Skrastins-Daley
Ott-Eriksson-Skrastins-Robidas
Ribeiro-Eriksson-Skrastins-Robidas
Ribeiro-Morrow-Grossman-Daley
The bottom line on Friday’s game between the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center is that there are crucial points up for grabs in the Western Conference playoff race. But this game comes with a sidebar story and it’s a great one as ex-Stars goaltender Marty Turco will make his first start against his former team.

"Pretty excited about it," Turco told ESPNChicago.com. "My family is going to come on down, and we'll see some old friends. It's not that far removed.”

It’s been almost ten months since Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk announced that the Stars would not re-sign Turco, who had been with Dallas nine seasons and had been the team’s No. 1 goalie for seven. The Stars, Nieuwendyk said, were heading in a different direction in net with Kari Lehtonen, acquired prior to last season’s trade deadline.

Turco signed with the Chicago over the summer and it’s been a bumpy ride in the Windy City. He’s 11-11-2 with a 3.10 goals against average and a .896 save percentage. He has started in only three of the last 15 games and is now backing up Corey Crawford, who is the No. 1 guy right now.

But Friday night Turco will take center stage in Dallas, where he holds most of the franchise’s regular season goaltending records.

"It was a great time in my life," Turco told ESPNChicago.com. "As the game day goes on, I'll get a little more excited and anxious. But come drop of the puck I'm not staring at faces, I'm staring at that little blacking thing out there and trying to give this team a chance to win. It's going to be a fun time and something that's going to be quite memorable. It's the first time I've done something like this in my career."

It’s going to be different for his former teammates as well. Stars captain Brenden Morrow and Turco were teammates from 2000-01 through last season.

“It will be tough on my calves. He’s pretty good with the stick,” Morrow said with a smile. “It will be different. Ten years or so together and everything we went through together. It will be a little weird.”

Morrow and Turco weren’t just teammates, they were close friends as well.

“Car pool, roommates, all that kind of stuff,” said Morrow. “We saw a lot of each other over the years.”

Stars forward Steve Ott and Turco first became teammates in Dallas during the 2002-03 season, Turco’s first campaign as the team’s No. 1 goalie.

"It's going to be exciting. When you get to play against a friend and compete against a friend on a different level it definitely makes it exciting,” said Ott. “Like a brotherly rivalry, you always want to beat your brother or your friend. I know he's going be pumped and pretty amped up, so we're going to have to show our 'A' game because he is definitely going to want to be a spoiler.”

Both teams will need their ‘A’ game because of the importance of the points at stake and their importance in the playoff race.

Chicago is 2-4-0 in its last six games and currently sits in 11th place in the Western Conference, three points out of a playoff spot.

“The only important thing are those two points for us,” said Turco. “Just look at the Western Conference standings. It’s incredible how tight they are and the disservice we’ve done ourselves by getting behind and out of the playoff picture. “

The Stars are 0-3-1 since the All-Star break and 1-5-1 over their last seven games. That slide has allowed teams to gain ground on them in the playoff race. Over the seven-game slide, their lead in the Pacific Division has gone from six points to zero and their lead over ninth place in West has been carved from ten points to five.

“We’ve got to concentrate on finding a way to win. It’s always a big game when players come back to their former building and I am sure for Marty it will be a huge, emotional game,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “For us, it doesn’t change what our focus needs to be. It’s just another added element to maybe shape our focus and again to reassert to our people how important it is that we do the things that make us successful.

“Marty was a big part of this franchise and a big part of the success that it had for the time that he was here. He was not only a good Dallas Star, but he was also really good in the community. Those things are appreciated and I am sure Marty will be appreciated [Friday] night. It doesn’t change the fact that we need two points and we need to beat those guys.”

Turco’s Dallas highlights

Here are some of the highlights of Marty Turco’s career in Dallas.
  • Stars career leader in wins (262, shutouts (40) and games (509)
  • Ranks third in career goals against average (2.31)
  • Holds record for career assists by a Stars goaltender (22)
  • Posted six straight 30-win seasons from 2002-03 through 2008-09
  • Set franchise mark with 74 games played in 2008-09
  • Tied NHL record with three shutouts in a playoff series (2007 vs. Vancouver)
  • Set a franchise record 165:45 scoreless streak in 2007 playoffs
  • Set franchise records for wins in a season (41) in 2005-06
  • Set the franchise mark for the longest unbeaten streak by a goaltender (16) in 2002-03
  • Posted the best goals against average in league history since WW II in 2002-03 (1.72)
  • Had a .932 save percentage in 2002-03, the second best since the stat was introduced (1976-77)
  • Finished second in 2002-03 Vezina Trophy voting in his first year as an NHL starter

It will be Turco vs. Lehtonen on Friday

February, 10, 2011
2/10/11
12:48
PM CT
The Dallas Stars will face former teammate Marty Turco for the first time Friday night when the Chicago Blackhawks visit the American Airlines Center.

Turco, who signed with Chicago as a free agent this summer after the Stars decided not to offer him a contract at the end of last season, will get the start in tomorrow night's game.

Stars forward Steve Ott, who played with Turco for several years, was excited about the news about Turco being in net.

"He's starting? That's great," said Ott. "It's going to be exciting. When you get to play against a friend and compete against a friend on a different level it definitely makes it exciting. Like a brotherly rivalry, you always want to beat your brother or your friend. I know he's going be pumped and pretty amped up, so we're going to have to show our 'A' game because he is definitely going to want to be a spoiler."

Turco is obviously looking forward to his return to Dallas, where he was the No. 1 goaltender from 2002-03 up until last season.

"It was a great time in my life," Turco told ESPNChicago.com. "As the game day goes on, I'll get a little more excited and anxious. But come drop of the puck I'm not staring at faces, I'm staring at that little blacking thing out there and trying to give this team a chance to win. It's going to be a fun time and something that's going to be quite memorable. It's the first time I've done something like this in my career."

ESPNChicago. com has a story on Turco here.

Kari Lehtonen will get the start in goal for the Stars.

The Stars say only a few hundred tickets remain for tomorrow's game and it is expected to be a sellout, so get your tickets soon.

A couple of other notes from the Stars' practice today.

James Neal, who played through a stiff neck last night, did not practice. He had a maintenance day.

Mike Ribeiro did not practice. He was at the dentist getting a tooth fixed.

Both Ribeiro and Neal are expected to play Friday, according to coach Marc Crawford.

Toby Petersen practiced with the team today. He's still not ready to return to action, but it's another step forward for Petersen who has been out since early January with a leg injury.

Turco won't start tonight for Chicago

January, 5, 2011
1/05/11
11:49
AM CT
The word out of Chicago this morning is that Corey Crawford, not Marty Turco, will get the start in goal for the Chicago Blackhawks tonight as they take on the Dallas Stars at the United Center.

This will be the second straight time that Turco will not get a chance to face his former teammates when the Stars and Blackhawks meet. There are still more meetings this season, both of them in Dallas.

Crawford has started 14 of the last 18 games for Chicago and he sat out three games in that stretch while battling the flu.

Turco has had some ups and downs recently. He played well in two of his last three games, but over his last seven starts, he is 1-5-0 with a 4.19 goals against average and a .860 save percentage. For the season he is 9-10-2, 3.02 goals against average and a .899 save percentage.

Crawford, on the other hand, is 12-7-1, with a 2.33 GAA and a .914 save percentage.

Marty Turco won't sulk over not starting

December, 8, 2010
12/08/10
7:57
AM CT
ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun has a good story on Marty Turco not getting the start in tonight's game against the Chicago Blackhawks. It begins:
Marty Turco won't get to start against his old team Wednesday night, but don't go sniffing for a big story from the veteran netminder.

"I'd be doing the same thing if I were [coach] Joel Quenneville. I am fine with it," Turco told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

Youngster Corey Crawford will try for his seventh straight win in the Blackhawks' net when the Dallas Stars visit the United Center, and while Turco can't wait to face his former team, it'll have to wait. The Blackhawks have three more games against the Stars, including a first game back to Dallas on Feb. 11. Now that one would be special.

"The first return to Dallas, that's the one you circle," Turco said.

The rest of the story is here.
The word out of Chicago today is that Corey Crawford, not Marty Turco, will start in goal against the Dallas Stars when they take on the Blackhawks at the United Center.

Crawford has started five of the last seven games for the Blackhawks and won all of them. In fact, he's won his last six starts. Crawford is 7-4-0 on the season with a 2.34 goals against average and .914 save percentage.

“He’s playing well and he’s got a little bit of a roll going,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said in telling the media about the decision to go with Crawford. “We want to keep it going.”

Said Turco: “The guy is playing well, he’s hot and he’s winning when he is in there. What else can you say? I don’t have a problem with that."

Turco, who has allowed 14 goals in losing his last three starts, is 8-8-2 on the season with a 2.90 goals against average and a .901 save percentage.

ESPNChicago.com's Jesse Rogers has more on the decision to play Crawford over Turco here.

One other note for Chicago, the Blackhawks say that Patrick Kane is out three weeks with a lower body injury

Marty Turco introduced in Chicago

September, 1, 2010
9/01/10
12:11
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Former Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco was formally introduced as the new goaltender of the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

ESPNChicago.com's Jesse Rogers has a video interview and a story on Turco here.

ESPNChicago.com's Melissa Isaacson has a piece on Turco here and it includes some thoughts from Blackhawks legend Tony Esposito:
"This is his prime, the next three, four or five years …" Esposito said. "You've got the experience and you're able to handle the pressure better. When I knew they had an opportunity to get him, I knew that it would be good for this team. He's a guy that's been around. He's healthy and not that old. He can play for another several years and, with this defense we've got, he'll do really well."

Stars looking to move forward

August, 29, 2010
8/29/10
11:25
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The Dallas Stars have missed the playoffs two straight years, but in defenseman Stephane Robidas’ eyes the Stars are on a par with every other team in the league at this point. As far as the 2010-11 season goes, everybody is tied with a record of 0-0-0. It's an opportunity to leave the past behind and move forward.

“It doesn’t matter what you did in the past, it’s what you are going to bring to the table this year,” Robidas said. “I think everybody is coming with a fresh attitude and ready for a fresh start. It’s a fresh start for everybody. We’re all starting at the same level and at the same amount of points as Detroit and everybody else. It’s up to us to prove to ourselves and to prove to the rest of the league that we’re a good team.”

Robidas and some other Stars players have been skating at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Frisco in preparation for the coming season. Forward Toby Petersen is another one of those players.

“We aren’t happy with the way the last two seasons have ended. We have a lot to prove and we’re going to set out right away to get it headed in the right direction,” said Petersen.

The Stars don’t believe they are that far off course. Sure, they finished 12th in the Western Conference but they were only seven points out of the final playoff spot.

“I think we look at ourselves as a playoff team heading into the season. Obviously, we can’t say that about last year, but a few bounces here and there,” said Petersen. “You can say that about every team and most teams are probably saying that about themselves. We weren’t completely buried in the standings. You’ve got to look at last year and try to look at the positives and not focus on all the negatives and try to move forward.”

It’s not hard to go back over an 82-game season and pick out games or stretches and see where you squandered seven, eight or more points. Putting together a winning streak of more than two games would have helped. Putting together 1-5-1 and 3-6-2 runs out of the Olympic break didn’t help.

“You’ve got all those shootouts that we lost last year. I hate talking about that, but those are points that we lost. To me, that’s why I am optimistic because we weren’t that far off,” said Robidas. “If you take those points we lost in overtime and shootouts, we could have been in the playoffs. I’m not saying we were happy with where we finished because we weren’t. But there is room for improvement. It’s not like it is a big mountain to climb.”

But there are still some hurdles to overcome. Getting the goals against, which ranked 23rd in the league last season, down will be an area that gets a lot of attention.

“We want to tighten it up defensively, have a better penalty kill,” said Robidas. “There were little things we didn’t do right last year. Our PK was awful (27th in the league) and we gave up a lot of goals. It wasn’t just the goalie or one guy or this or that. It was the team. We’ve got to do better in those departments. It’s something we want to focus on for the upcoming season.”

At this point, the Stars will bring back basically the same team the played out the final part of last season with a couple of notable departures.

“It’s a new look team in a way, but a bulk of the guys are back and that can help because we have a lot of familiarity with each other,” said Petersen.

The new look comes in the form of the two big names that will no longer be suiting up for the Stars. Management decided to part ways with center Mike Modano and goaltender Marty Turco. Modano signed on with Detroit and Turco with Chicago.

“We are going to miss them, but it is part of the reality,” said Robidas. “Sometimes when you’ve got young guys pushing you’ve got to make changes when the team isn’t going in the right direction. I think that’s one of the reasons they made those moves this summer.”

Robidas likes to point out that while the Stars are a younger team they aren’t that far removed from a trip to the Western Conference Finals (2008), and that they still have 12 players who played during that playoff run still on the roster.

“You add to that some veteran guys, some good young players and Kari Lehtonen, who is a proven goalie and played really well for us when he came in,” he said. “For me, all that is just positive for our team.”

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