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Turco stops 40 shots, leads Stars past Mighty Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Dallas Stars were too busy killing
penalties in the first period to mount any offense. Once they did,
it was too much for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to overcome.

The Stars went more than 12 minutes before getting their first
shot Sunday night. But they scored on their third and fourth
attempts against Jean-Sebastien Giguere, as Philippe Boucher and
Jere Lehtinen connected 50 seconds apart in the opening period to
help the Stars beat Anaheim 3-1 for their fifth victory in six
games.

"When the other team is taking it to you a little bit and
racking up the shots, it's more about responding and how you play
than worrying about penalties and mistakes when you're trying to
gain the momentum," goaltender Marty Turco said. "It was nice to
get those back-to-backers in the first."

Turco made 40 saves in his 200th NHL regular-season game, and
Bill Guerin added a goal shortly after an injury to Giguere. Sergei
Zubov assisted on the Stars' first two goals, giving him 400 points
with Dallas and 315 assists -- tying former Anaheim head coach Craig
Hartsburg for the franchise record among defensemen.

Rookie Jonathan Hedstrom had the only goal for the Ducks, who
have lost five straight following a four-game winning streak. Four
defeats have been by one-goal margins, two in overtime and one in a
shootout. Anaheim has taken a combined 127 shots on net in their
last three games, including a shootout loss against Minnesota and
an overtime loss at Phoenix.

"It is frustrating, but there's nothing we can do about it
right now," said Petr Sykora, who missed the net during a
short-handed breakaway in the second period. "I'm as guilty as
anybody. I've got four goals in 20 games, which is disgusting. If I
would have scored some goals, the outcome of these games would be
different."

Anaheim outshot Dallas 17-3 in the third period and got a fluke
goal with 12:43 remaining. Turco stopped a point-blank shot by
Hedstrom from close range, but defenseman Stephane Robidas
inadvertently kicked the rebound into his own net and deprived
Turco of his 23rd career shutout.

"We need Marty to play like this," coach Dave Tippitt said.
"That's what we call your goaltender giving your team a chance to
win. And that's exactly what he did. He was right on top of his
game. Marty has got to be the backbone of everything, and he was
tonight."

The teams were skating 4-on-4 when Boucher ran his goal streak
to three games with a wrist shot from the middle of the right
circle that beat Giguere high to the glove side 13:48 in.

Anaheim's Rob Niedermayer was still serving an interference
penalty when Brenden Morrow made a centering pass from the left
corner and Lehtinen redirected it between Giguere's legs for a 2-0
lead. Dallas has connected on the power play in nine consecutive
games, the team's longest streak since a nine-game stretch in
1993-94.

"To get a 2-0 lead is huge, especially on the road," Guerin
said. "We've been competing -- as individuals and as a team.
There's an enormous difference in our team on nights where we don't
compete and when we do. When we compete, we can play with anybody
and we can beat anybody. When we don't, we're not very good."

Giguere stopped five of seven shots before leaving the game at
4:28 of the second period with a cramp in his left leg. The Stars
made it 3-0 less than two minutes after the 2002 playoff MVP
departed. Guerin converted a rebound into a wide-open net for his
fifth goal of the season and first in five games after Jussi
Jokinen's point-blank shot from 15 feet struck backup goalie Ilya
Bryzgalov on the upper right arm.

"I feel like I've been playing well, but I just haven't been
producing to the level that I'm used to and that I'm expected to,"
said Guerin, a three-time All-Star. "It's been a little
frustrating, but it was good to chip in."

Game notes
Dallas began a four-game stretch in which it will face the
Ducks three times. Wednesday's game at Anaheim will be the Stars'
1,000th since leaving Minnesota, including playoffs. ... Bryzgalov
stopped Dallas' last nine shots after giving up Guerin's goal. ...
Only three players who helped Dallas win the Stanley Cup in 1999
are still on the roster -- Lehtinen, Zubov and captain Mike Modano.