DALLAS (Ticker) - Goaltender Marty Turco's stellar play is one
major reason the Dallas Stars are off to their best nine-game
start in franchise history.
Turco has an opportunity to move into a second-place tie for
most victories in franchise history when the Stars attempt to
record their fourth consecutive victory Friday against the
Detroit Red Wings.
Dallas opened the campaign with five consecutive triumphs before
suffering its lone defeat, a 2-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks on
October 17. Since then, the Stars have beaten Chicago, Phoenix
and Vancouver to remain tied with the Anaheim Ducks for first
place in the Pacific Division.
In his sixth season with Dallas, the 31-year-old Turco has
collected 144 victories, leaving him one shy of Cesare Maniago,
who played with the franchise from 1967-1976, when it was based
in Minnesota. Ed Belfour is the team's all-time leader with
Turco improved his record to 7-1-0 with a 1.86 goals-against
average this season by making 33 saves to lead the Stars in
Monday's 2-1 victory over the Canucks. Mike Modano scored his
fifth goal of the campaign and 490th of his career.
Detroit lost the final three contests of a four-game Western
road trip before returning home to post 2-1 victory over the San
Jose Sharks on Wednesday.
The Red Wings managed to avoid their longest regulation losing
streak in eight years by getting third-period goals from Mathieu
Schneider and Robert Lang to avenge a loss in San Jose on
The teams split their four matchups last season, with Detroit
taking the most recent showdown, 3-2, on April 17.