Turco left bench after being pulled

Updated: March 5, 2010, 4:33 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars coach Marc Crawford said Friday he has addressed the issue of goalie Marty Turco not returning to the bench after he was pulled during Thursday night's game.

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Turco, who was honored before the game in a brief ceremony for playing in his 500th career game earlier in the week, was lifted at 1:50 of the second period after allowing four goals on 11 shots in a 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Turco then went to the dressing room and didn't return. He did not leave the arena.

Kari Lehtonen, acquired just before the Olympic break, came in for his first NHL action this season. Crawford said Lehtonen will make his first start for the Stars Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Turco admitted frustration was the reason he left and that the situation has been handled.

"We're all in the same boat. We're all feeling the same thing," Turco said in regards to the disappointment of losing two straight games following the NHL's return after the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

He said he normally takes a breather and goes back to the bench. He didn't go back Thursday.

"It is unusual," Crawford said. "We addressed it this morning. Nobody likes to get pulled, especially given all the other things. I don't think he was trying to do anything. I think semantics and how you view things and how everybody views things, whether it's our young players or our team in general, we all have to stick together. I don't believe for a minute he was trying to draw attention from the team. I just think he was probably upset with his own performance and trying to focus himself."

Turco said he has a different feeling now than he did in his solid six-game performance before the two-week Olympic break. Turco has allowed nine goals on 33 shots in his last two games as the Stars have been outscored 11-2.

"It was all different before," Turco said. "I'd get a big save and we'd go down and score, but I need to continue to make big saves and build up the confidence. When you don't get them, we're not at a good enough place as a team to get over it. We need to get the saves and be stronger mentally."

Richard Durrett covers the Stars for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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