DALLAS (AP) -- Marty Turco quickly rebounded from letting a shot
from outside the blue line get past him by stopping a penalty shot.
Turco made 22 saves and set the team record for minutes played,
and the Dallas Stars beat the Calgary Flames 5-1 Friday night to
extend their home unbeaten streak to a franchise record-tying 13
Rhett Warrener's goal from 70 feet out in the second period cut
Dallas' lead to 2-1.
But Turco went on to win his 31st game, equaling a career high,
and has played 3,749 minutes this season, surpassing Ed Belfour's
record of 3,689 in 2000-2001.
"He gave up a goal I'm sure he'd like to have back, but he also
made some unbelievable saves," Stars coach Dave Tippett said.
"The momentum started to switch but stopping the penalty shot ...
got the momentum back on our side."
Calgary's Shean Donovan was awarded a penalty shot at 17:30 of
the second period with the Flames trailing by a goal. Donovan was
skating in alone on the Dallas goal when he was hooked by
defenseman Jon Klemm and then pushed to the ice by Klemm's
defensive partner, Don Sweeney.
On the penalty shot, Donovan tried to make a move near the net,
but he lost control of the puck, which was smothered by Turco.
"That was a critical point in the game and I wanted to be there
for the guys and contribute," Turco said.
Donovan's skate hit a rut in the ice, forcing him to change
"I wanted to go backhand but I caught an edge that forced me to
go the other way," Donovan said. "There's no excuse. I've got to
be better. That was a free chance."
Dallas is 6-0-1 in the first seven games of a franchise-long
eight-game homestand and moved five points ahead of Calgary in the
Western Conference standings.
The Stars pulled within four points of the first-place San Jose
Sharks in the Pacific Division.
Dallas finishes their homestand against San Jose on Sunday.
"We're just trying to close out the homestand really strong,"
Modano said. "What the other teams do is their problem."
The Stars cashed in on a two-man advantage at 13:16 of the first
period when Modano scored from the top of the right circle.
Turgeon made it 2-0 at 4:51 of the second period, knocking in
the rebound of Modano's shot from center point.
The Flames got within 2-1 at 11:52 of the second when Warriner's
shot got past Turco.
Arnott, DiMaio and Morrow had third-period goals for a
commanding 5-1 lead.
"You can't fall behind 2-1 and 3-1 against a team like this on
their home ice," Flames coach Darryl Sutter said. "It's
impossible to win."
The Stars' other three 13-game home unbeaten streaks came
when the franchise was in Minnesota. ... The Flames have lost all
three meetings with the Stars this season. ... Dallas has won 21
straight when scoring a first-period goal. ... The Stars got a lift
at the end of the first period, killing off 40 seconds of a two-man
Calgary power play. ... Overall, Dallas is unbeaten in eight
straight (7-0-1). ... Turco's stopped both penalty shots he's faced
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Arena: American Airlines Center Location: Dallas, Texas
Referees: Chris Lee, Dan O'Halloran Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Brian Murphy
Attendance: 18,532 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Mike Modano (13)
(Power Play) Assists: Sergei Zubov, Pierre Turgeon
Pierre Turgeon (10)
(Power Play) Assists: Mike Modano, Stu Barnes
Rhett Warrener (3)
Assist: Craig Conroy
Jason Arnott (17)
Assists: Bill Guerin, Richard Matvichuk
Rob DiMaio (5)
Assist: Jere Lehtinen
Brenden Morrow (21)
Assists: Bill Guerin, Jason Arnott