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Turco makes 29 saves to help Stars douse Flames

DALLAS (AP) -- Marty Turco was challenged by his coach to improve
after consecutive subpar performances, and he responded.

Turco made 29 saves and Brenden Morrow had a goal and an assist,
leading the Dallas Stars to a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames
on Saturday night.

Dallas, which had lost its two previous games by the combined
score of 12-4, rebounded with a solid effort against Calgary.

"He played a very solid game," Stars coach Dave Tippett said.
"He did a lot of the things we talked about. He gave us a chance
to win, and that's what we expect from him."

Turco, who won his 100th NHL game, was pulled in the Stars' 7-2
loss to Los Angeles on Thursday after giving up three goals on
seven shots in less than 9 minutes. He allowed five goals in his
previous game, a 5-2 loss at Vancouver on Sunday.

"He has his expectations, and you have to meet those challenges
or you won't make it in this league," Turco said of Stars coach
Dave Tippett. "You don't want to be challenged because you did
something wrong, but the challenge is there regardless whether he
brought it up or not."

Morrow, who also had an assist, scored at 5:55 of the third
period. It was his second of the year and the 99th of his career.
Defenseman Phillipe Boucher took a slap shot from the blue line
that Antti Miettinen deflected before Morrow redirected it again
just in front of Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

"Both our goals were hard plays at the net," Tippett said.
"Brenden goes hard to the net -- just grit plays. You do those
enough, and you get rewarded."

Although the Flames scored a power-play goal, the Stars'
penalty-killing unit played a key role, stopping a two-minute
5-on-3 Calgary advantage late in the second period and early in the
third.

"You don't want to be in that situation at that point in the
game," Turco said. "Huge kill for us."

Dallas was 8-of-9 on the penalty kill and had killed off 17
straight Calgary power plays over their previous four meetings
before Tony Amonte snapped the streak on a 5-on-3 in the first
period.

"We had our opportunities," Calgary captain Jarome Iginla
said. "You want to score when you have a 5-on-3 for 2 minutes.
We've got to find a way to score there, but it's more than just the
power play. We have to generate more offense."

Calgary opened the scoring at 2:17 of the first period after
Dallas got into penalty trouble early, leading to Amonte's goal. He
was camped in front of Turco on the 5-on-3 power play and deflected
in Roman Hamrlik's slap shot from the blue line just one second
before the first Dallas penalty was to expire.

The Stars answered at 16:13 of the first when Jason Arnott
scored his second goal of the season. Arnott was standing at the
top of the crease and swept in a nifty backhand from Morrow.

"We played well enough to win" Flames coach Darryl Sutter
said. "Both scores were off deflections. Turco was great, but our
skill guys have to produce."

Game notes
The Stanley Cup was in the building for a promotion, and
fans were charged $15 to get their picture taken with it. ... Stars
defenseman Sergei Zubov missed his second straight game with back
spasms. Stars coach Dave Tippett said he should be ready for
Dallas' next game against San Jose on Wednesday. ... Flames winger
Darren McCarty was laid out on a check by John Erskine late in the
second period and did not return. "He got his bell rung," coach
Darryl Sutter said. "He wanted to go back in, and we said no."
There was no penalty on the play.