CALGARY, Alberta, (AP) -- Marty Turco and the Dallas Stars have
been unbeatable at home, and on Monday night appeared just as
dangerous on the road.
Turco stopped 29 shots for his 21st career shutout and Shayne Corson scored twice as Dallas opened a four-game road trip with a 4-0 victory over the Calgary Flames. The Stars are unbeaten in (13-0-4) in their last 17 home games.
Corson, Brenden Morrow and Jason Arnott scored to stake Dallas
to a 3-0 first-period lead, with the Stars outshooting the Flames
"That first period is one of the best periods we've had on the
road," said Corson, who has three goals in 11 games since signing
with Dallas as a free agent.
Calgary was much better in the second and third periods,
outshooting Dallas 25-9 over that span. But the Flames couldn't
beat Turco, who appeared in his league-high 71st game and improved
"This is the best I've felt all year," Turco said. "There
have been some ailments that have dissipated."
After enduring a tough start to the season, Turco has nine
shutouts, just one behind league leader Martin Brodeur of New
Jersey. Turco has earned three of those shutouts in his last eight
"It was hard for Marty to come in and do the exact same thing
he did last year because of the pressure," said Stars defenseman
Richard Matvichuk. "Last year, he was a rookie goalie, he came
into buildings, stole hockey games and then we went on our way.
"Now, everybody knows who Marty Turco is."
Dallas (39-24-13-0) took sole control of fourth place in the Western
Conference standings, two points ahead of Vancouver. The Stars also
moved within a point of Pacific Division-leading San Jose. Dallas
will conclude its road trip in San Jose on Sunday.
After a seven-game unbeaten streak, Calgary (38-28-7-3) has lost
two straight. The Flames are sixth in the Western Conference with
six games remaining. They are three points behind Vancouver and
four ahead of Nashville.
"Unlike our teams in the past where we've lost four or five
games in a row, we've been able to stop any losing streak really
quick so that's what we're going to try and do with this one so we
can head into the playoffs on a roll," forward Chris Clark said.
Calgary was without head coach and general manager Darryl Sutter
and left wing Krzysztof Oliwa, suspended two and three games,
respectively, for their roles in a brawl against Nashville on
Arnott's goal with one minute remaining in the first period was
the back-breaker for Calgary, putting the Stars ahead 3-0.
"Especially the timing of that goal with a minute left," Clark
said. "It's really deflating when you give up a goal against like
Corson rounded out the scoring with a short-handed goal with
1:21 remaining. Corson was credited with the goal after Clark's
pass back to the blue-line slid all the way into the Flames' end
and into the empty goal. Calgary had pulled goalie Miikka Kiprusoff
for an extra skater.
Dallas opened the scoring on goals 36 seconds apart by Corson
and Morrow in the first.
Dallas defenseman Sergei Zubov sustained what a club official
said was a charley horse and is questionable for the Stars' game
Wednesday night in Edmonton.
Dallas right wing Jere Lehtinen (back spasms) did not
make the trip. Coach Dave Tippett said he could join the team
either in Edmonton on Wednesday or Vancouver on Saturday. . . .
Oliwa's suspension allowed left wing Oleg Saprykin to return to
Calgary's lineup after being a healthy scratch for four games. . .
. Kiprusoff entered Monday's game with a goals-against average of
1.65. Turco holds the NHL record of 1.72, set last season.
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Arena: Scotiabank Saddledome Location: Calgary, Alberta
Referees: Bill McCreary, Dean Warren Linesmen: Randy Mitton, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 17,729 (91.9% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Shayne Corson (2)
Assists: Sergei Zubov, Pierre Turgeon
Brenden Morrow (22)
Assists: Mike Modano, Rob DiMaio