Turco, Stars end Colorado's four-game winning streak

DENVER (AP) -- Caught offbalance by a fake, Marty Turco spun
around and blocked Milan Hejduk's shot with his back. Next up was
Alex Tanguay, who seemed to have Turco beat only to have the Dallas
goalie nearly do the splits and block the shot with his skate.

Just like that, Dallas' first shootout ended just as coach Dave
Tippett expected.

Turco stopped 27 shots in regulation and overtime and made two
more spectacular stops in a shootout, helping the Stars end the
Colorado Avalanche's four-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory
Saturday night.

"He made two great saves and that's all it takes," Tippett
said. "In practice the other day he was really good, too. We do a
drill where the goalie just keeps going until he gets beat and he
went through about 15 before he got beat, so that was a good sign
going into the game. That's what I thought about going into the

The Stars were concerned about Turco's fundamentals and
positioning after he gave up four or more goals in four of Dallas'
first nine games. He's been a lot better the past two games.

Though he had it relatively easy in Dallas' 9-1 win over Chicago
Friday night, Turco was as sound fundamentally as he's been all
season, turning away 18 shots. He was even better against Colorado,
which put far more pressure on him than the Blackhawks.

After giving up two goals in the first period, Turco didn't give
the Avalanche many more holes to shoot at, gliding across the
crease to stay in position and finding a way to knock down shots
when he wasn't. He stopped 13 shots the final two periods, four
more in regulation and ended it with the two spectacular saves in
the shootout, though the one on Hejduk might have been assisted by
the Zamboni.

"Sometimes you lay down and take away some options," Turco
said. "It just hit me in the back. I think that the slippery ice
helped me to continue to slide forward on that one."

Colorado goalie Peter Budaj was nearly as good in his first
start in two weeks. He stopped 33 shots, including 15 in the second
period, but was beaten glove side by Sergei Zubov and stick side by
Jussi Jokinen to lose his second straight shootout.

"They made good shots," Budaj said. "Maybe I should have
stopped at least one. Right now I'm 0-and-5 and that's pretty bad
for a shootout."

The game started off like a shootout before slowing to a grind
by the third period.

Dallas had all kinds of scoring chances in the second period,
tying it on Antti Miettinen's power-play goal with two minutes
left, but had trouble with Colorado's defense in the final period,
getting six shots. Dallas' Philippe Boucher nearly won it with five
minutes left in regulation, when his shot from the right circle
climbed Budaj's stick and landed on top of the goal, and Stu Barnes
hit the post with 1 minutes left in overtime.

The Avalanche spent most of the second period chipping pucks out
of their zone and mustered four shots in the third, leading to
shouts of "Go!" and "Shoot!" from the fans.

"I think we were working in the third period and we kept
ourselves in the play and in the game," Avalanche coach Joel
Quenneville said. "We were there in the overtime too. They might
have been the better team tonight."

Colorado had scored at least four goals in seven straight games
and had 53 goals in the first 12 games. Dallas struggled a bit
early, but was coming off its highest scoring game in nine years,
getting nine goals against Chicago the night before.

No surprise then that the first period included 23 shots and
three goals.

Colorado's Andrew Brunette started it off six minutes in,
gathering Pierre Turgeon's pass just outside the crease before
spinning around and flipping it in.

Mike Modano tied it less than two minutes later, punching in a
rebound for his sixth of the season after Budaj stopped Barnes'
redirected shot.

Steve Konowalchuk put the Avalanche back up with eight minutes
left in the first, getting a short-handed goal on a breakaway after
Dallas forward Brenden Morrow mishandled a puck at the Stars' blue

The Stars picked up the pressure even more in the second period,
thanks in part to Colorado's five penalties.

Budaj did his best to keep Dallas out of the net, turning away a
flurry of shots on the third power play, but the Stars just had too
many chances. Miettinen scored on Dallas' 13th of 16 shots in the
period, raking in rebound on a power play with two minutes left.

"We went to the penalty box too much to really give them the
momentum," Colorado's Joe Sakic said.

Game notes
A fight between Colorado's Ian Laperriere and Steve Ott
broke out early in the second period. Laperriere clearly got the
better end of it, landing about a dozen punches to the top of Ott's
head. ... Tanguay had his 10-game points streak end.