Series (Game 1 of 1)

Dallas leads 1-0

Game 1: Friday, November 8th
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Maple Leafs 1

(4-8-0, 10 pts)

Stars 2

(8-3-1, 20 pts)

8:30 PM ET, November 8, 2002

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

1 2 3 T
TOR 0 1 01
DAL 1 1 02

B. Guerin (Stars - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

J. Holden (Maple Leafs - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Turco (Stars - G): Saves: 22, Save Pct.: .957

Stars spoil Belfour's return to Dallas

DALLAS (AP) -- Ed Belfour played well in his first game against his former teammates since signing with Toronto.



But Marty Turco, Belfour's former backup with the Dallas Stars, was just a little better.

Turco stopped 22 shots and the Stars got goals from Pierre Turgeon and Jason Arnott in their 2-1 victory over the Maple Leafs on Friday night.

"It feels good now that it's over,'' Turco said of the much-hyped goaltending matchup. "It meant a little more with Eddie back here.''

Turco made his best stop of the night with 29 seconds left, coming up with an outstanding glove save to deny Bryan McCabe from 25 feet. Toronto had an extra attacker after Belfour skated to the bench with 57 seconds left.

"That was a timely save right there,'' Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "There was a lot of traffic but he saw it and made a heck of save.''

Turco agreed.

"I wasn't in a great situation, but I had a good look at it and was ready.'' he said. "At that point it's all about reflexes and doing whatever it takes.''

Belfour, who made 21 saves, was Dallas' starter for five seasons, backstopping the Stars' Stanley Cup run in 1999. But the Stars opted to pass on re-signing him as an unrestricted free agent over the summer, and that made Turco the starter.

A sellout crowd that included dozens of fans wearing old Belfour Stars jerseys cheered when he was introduced with Toronto's starters. Turco was greeted by a similar ovation.

"I had a lot of mixed emotions,'' Belfour said. "It was exciting to come back and it was nice to hear the fans' support. The fans have always been good to me here. I'll always remember the good times in Dallas and all the things we did and accomplished. It'll be a part of me for the rest of my life.''

Turco said he and Belfour never exchanged any words, either before the game or in warmups, but Turco watched Belfour when the action was at the other end of the rink.

"I'm a fan of goaltenders and he's only 190 feet away so I watched him a little,'' said Turco, who wasn't a friend of Belfour when they played together for two seasons. "But mostly I was concentrating on my job.''

Josh Holden scored a second-period goal in his Maple Leafs debut.

Dallas improved to 5-0-0-1 at home and 5-2-2 in its last eight games overall. Turgeon notched the only goal of the first period 2:13 after the opening faceoff, beating Belfour on a rebound to the stick side. It was Turgeon's third goal of the season.

The Stars had plenty of early energy, and that carried them to the early lead.

"We've talked about having a good start, especially at home,'' Tippett said. "You get early momentum and that pushes you along.''

Arnott made it 2-0 at 3:52 of the second period with the help of Bill Guerin's setup. Guerin skated into the Toronto zone and was tied up by Toronto's Mikael Renberg, who was called for a delay penalty.

Guerin dropped a pass to Arnott, who beat Belfour from close range for his first goal of the season.

Holden scored his first goal for Toronto when he deflected Tom Fitzgerald's shot past Turco at 12:12 of the second period to cut the deficit to 2-1. That ended Turco's shutout streak of 103 minutes, 31 seconds.

Game notes

Former Stars defenseman Jyrki Lumme was a healthy scratch for the Maple Leafs. ...Dallas has outscored opponents 17-6 in the first period this season, 10-2 at home. ...Turgeon had gone eight games without a point until Friday night's goal. ...Holden, acquired from Vancouver in a trade over the summer, had 14 points in 13 games for St. John's of the AHL before his callup on Thursday. ...Dallas' Mike Modano broke the top of the plexiglass behind the Toronto net with a slap shot late in the second period. ...Toronto played for the first time in Dallas since Jan. 20, 1999, a span of 1,387 days.

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