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
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.
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
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.''
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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Arena: American Airlines Center Location: Dallas, Texas
Referees: Dennis LaRue, Kelly Sutherland Linesmen: Jonny Murray, Pierre Racicot
Attendance: 18,532 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Jere Lehtinen (19)
Assists: Niko Kapanen, Philippe Boucher
Sergei Zubov (6)
(Power Play) Assists: Mike Modano, Darryl Sydor
Stephane Robidas (1)
Assists: Jason Arnott, Ulf Dahlen
Scott Nichol (2)
Assists: Craig Berube, Blake Sloan
Jere Lehtinen (20)
(Empty Net) Assists: Brenden Morrow, Mike Modano