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Turco needs just 17 saves to blank Blues

DALLAS (AP) -- Bill Guerin has been stuck in a goal-scoring
drought, and so has the Dallas Stars' power play. Both got back on
track Thursday night.

Guerin scored the first of three Dallas power-play goals and
Marty Turco made 17 saves for his third shutout of the season and
24th of his career in the Stars' 3-0 victory over the St. Louis
Blues.

Sergei Zubov and Jere Lehtinen also had man-advantage goals for
the Stars, who had converted only four of their previous 42
power-play chances.

"It's just one," Guerin said after his first power-play goal
of the season. "I have to keep moving forward and not make a big
deal of it."

Guerin, who went 13 games without a goal, has two in his last
three games, giving him eight for the season. Guerin, whose career
high is 41 goals for the Boston Bruins in 2001-02, expected a much
better start and his frustration has been evident.

"Goal-scorers are guys who can get hot when they get confidence
and can go on a run," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "Not much
has been going in. Hopefully this will get him going."

Dallas' penalty-killing unit also was effective, blanking St.
Louis on six chances. The Stars haven't given up a power-play goal
since Dec. 18, a streak of 36 kills.

Rookie Jason Bacashihua, the Stars' first-round draft pick in
2001, stopped 22 shots for Blues, last in the Western Conference
with 22 points. The Stars routed the Blues 6-1 in St. Louis on
Monday night and have won the last five games in the series.

Dallas, which had lost its previous two home games, opened the
scoring at 10:12 of the first period on Guerin's short-range shot
through Bacashihua's pads.

There were four fights in the final 4:29 of the first period
after Ryan Johnson of the Blues took a run at Stars captain Mike
Modano along the left boards.

Johnson wasn't penalized, and Dallas' Steve Ott took exception,
pummeling Johnson during the ensuing scrap. Three more fights broke
out over the next 49 seconds as the Stars dominated the fisticuffs
and built a 10-2 shots advantage for the period.

"I thought it was great," Ott said. "There were four good
fights. It was kind of like old-style NHL. I guess we brought it
back out."

Zubov capitalized on a 5-on-3 with 4:03 left in the second
period, scoring on a one-timer from the top of the left circle.

Lehtinen made it 3-0 with his 20th goal 41 seconds later as the
Stars cashed in on another two-man advantage.

"It was good for us," Lehtinen said. "We've been struggling
on the 5-on-3s and we haven't been scoring much on the power play.
Those goals were huge. Those led us to a win."

The Blues were steaming after the game over four penalty calls
that went against them during a span of 2:03 in the second period.
They included two unsportsmanlike conduct calls by referees
Stephane Auger and Dan O'Rourke, one against 14-year veteran Doug
Weight.

"There was a lot of passion in this game," Blues coach Mike
Kitchen said. "I thought it was an entertaining game for the fans
and the referees took it over. (Weight) didn't really say much and
that led to a 5-on-3 against a very good hockey team."

Said Weight: "We were pretty upset about the calls. ... There
were a bunch of weak ones in there and of course the two
unsportsmanlike calls don't help."

Game notes
Stars C Stu Barnes missed the game because of a groin/hip
flexor injury. ... Dallas D Martin Skoula reached 100 career points
with an assist on Guerin's goal. ... Dallas was 3-3 in its previous
six home games.