Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Thursday, October 24th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 29th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 19th
Game 4: Thursday, March 27th

Flames 1

(17-25-3, 44 pts)

Stars 4

(30-11-1, 72 pts)

8:30 PM ET, January 29, 2003

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

1 2 3 T
CGY 0 0 11
DAL 0 2 24

M. Turco (Stars - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: .966

J. Lehtinen (Stars - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

S. Zubov (Stars - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Stars' Turco, Lehtinen double trouble

DALLAS (AP) -- Marty Turco came within 4:34 of his sixth shutout of the season, but the Dallas Stars' goaltender said the late Calgary goal scrubbed no luster from his 24th victory of the season.

Marty Turco

Turco made 28 saves to stretch his career-high unbeaten streak to 12 games, and Jere Lehtinen scored two goals to send the Stars to a 4-1 victory over the Flames on Wednesday night.

"That didn't bother me one bit,'' Turco said of Scott Nichol's re-direct off the leg of Dallas defenseman John Erskine, ending Turco's bid for his 11th career shutout. "It was a good effort to try and prevent the goal so I have no problem with it.''

Turco set the tone just three minutes after the opening faceoff when he stopped Jerome Iginla on a breakaway, and Turco went on to improve his record to 24-9-9.

"We're pretty focused right now and Marty's playing well,'' Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "We're coming together pretty well as a team but we've got a long way to go.''

Turco is a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star team, joining teammates and starters Mike Modano and Bill Guerin.

A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Turco has won all nine starts against Canadian teams this season and is 9-0-3 in his last dozen games overall.

Sergei Zubov and Stephane Robidas added goals for Dallas, 12-1-3 in its last 16 games and 18-2-3-1 at home this season.

Robidas scored his first goal since Oct. 4, 2001, when he was with the Montreal Canadiens.

Roman Turek stopped 22 shots for the Flames, 4-3 losers at Phoenix on Tuesday night and 3-7-1 in their last 11 games.

Both teams played their final game before the All-Star break.

Dallas leads the Western Conference with 72 points. Calgary is last in the conference with 44 points and needs a fast finish over the final 30 games to make the playoffs.

"We've got to play our best over those 30 games,'' Iginla said. "That's what our mindset is right now.''

Lehtinen notched his 20th from the slot at 2:15 of the second period for the game's first goal, and scored into an empty net with 57 seconds remaining.

Zubov made it 2-0 at 17:28 of the second period with his sixth of the season on a shot from center point that got through a screened Turek.

Robidas scored from the right point at 6:33 of the third period on a shot that pinballed off the skate of Calgary defenseman Micki DuPont and by Turek.

"I just took a shot and got a lucky bounce,'' Robidas said. "It's a long time since I scored. I was happy that luck was on my side. I'll take it.''

Game notes

Flames defenseman Petr Busek was helped off the ice midway through the first period with a facial injury caused by a flying puck. His condition will be evaluated on Thursday. ... Lehtinen has five 20-goal seasons, matching the seventh-most in franchise history. ...Turek had allowed three or more goals in seven of his last nine games. ...Calgary is 2-7-4-1 in its last 14 games. The Flames haven't won in Dallas since Dec. 14, 2001.

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