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Turco stops 14 shots for shutout

2/22/2004

DALLAS (AP) -- The way his teammates dominated the Anaheim Mighty
Ducks, Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco didn't have to extend
himself to earn his 18th career shutout.

Jere Lehtinen and Pierre Turgeon scored power-play goals, and
Turco stopped 14 shots in Dallas' 4-0 victory Sunday.

"I had a heck of a good seat," said Turco, who had to make
only a handful of tough saves to post his sixth shutout of the
season. "It's fun watching when the guys play like that."

Mike Modano and Brenden Morrow added goals for the Stars, who
extended their season-best, home-unbeaten streak to eight games
(6-0-2) and are 11-3-2 overall in their last 16.

The Mighty Ducks, who eliminated the Stars from the Western
Conference playoffs last year, are 2-2-2 against Dallas this
season.

"That was a tough, tough game for our team," Mighty Ducks
coach Mike Babcock said. "We didn't respond at all. The bottom
line is their best players were so much better than ours, it wasn't
even funny. I hate to say it, but this is the playoffs for us."

Dallas, which held a 29-14 shots-on-goal advantage, moved four
points behind first-place San Jose in the Pacific Division. The
Ducks, who reached the Stanley Cup finals last season, are in 12th
place in the West -- nine points out of a playoff spot.

"You're aware of the standings every day," Stars coach Dave
Tippett said. "There are a lot of teams ahead of us and behind us
scratching for points. If we take care of business, we'll be in
good shape."

The Stars got the only goal of the first period at 17:29 when
Lehtinen scored his 10th on a deflection of Richard Matvichuk's
shot from the left point.

Modano made it 2-0 at 8:10 of the second period, notching his
12th on a one-timer from the left circle.

Morrow scored his 18th with 19:06 left, pushing a loose puck
over the goal line after it got through the pads of goaltender
Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Bill Guerin had an assist, his 600th NHL
point.

Turgeon extended the advantage to 4-0 with 11:52 remaining with
his ninth goal when the puck went in off his skate. The goal was
upheld after a video review because Turgeon didn't use a distinct
kicking motion to send the puck into the net.

"I definitely knew it was good," Turgeon said. "I didn't kick
it. I just drove hard to the net and didn't even see the puck
coming."

The Mighty Ducks had been 6-2-0-2 in their previous 10 before
Sunday's lackluster effort.

"We never showed up," Giguere said. "As a team we didn't do
anything. There's no excuses for that. We need to be desperate.
We've got to give ourselves a chance to win. Today we didn't do
that."

Meanwhile, the Stars continue to move up the standings after
hitting bottom with an 11-15-3 record in early December.

"Our defense is moving the puck well and our forwards
dominated," Tippett said. "All 19 players contributed, which is a
good sign for us."

Game notes
LW Shayne Corson continues to work into game shape and
could join the Stars lineup within a week. The 17-year NHL veteran
and three-time All-Star signed with Dallas on Feb. 18. ... The
Stars' home unbeaten streak ties with the Islanders for the longest
current in the league. ... D Martin Skoula, acquired in a trade
with Colorado on Saturday, made his debut for Anaheim. Skoula was
minus-one in 20 minutes, 23 seconds. ... Turco has played in 59 of
Dallas' 62 games this season. Turco has 28 victories, second in the
league. ... Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey
team, watched the game from a luxury suite. ... Turgeon has four
power-play goals in six games.