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St. Louis at Dallas

Turco not very busy in earning third shutout of season

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DALLAS -- Bill Guerin has been stuck in a goal-scoring drought, and so has the Dallas Stars' power play. Both got back on track Thursday night.

Guerin scored the first of three Dallas power-play goals and Marty Turco made 17 saves for his third shutout of the season and 24th of his career in the Stars' 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Sergei Zubov and Jere Lehtinen also had man-advantage goals for the Stars, who had converted only four of their previous 42 power-play chances.

"It's just one," Guerin said after his first power-play goal of the season. "I have to keep moving forward and not make a big deal of it."

Guerin, who went 13 games without a goal, has two in his last three games, giving him eight for the season. Guerin, whose career high is 41 goals for the Boston Bruins in 2001-02, expected a much better start and his frustration has been evident.

"Goal-scorers are guys who can get hot when they get confidence and can go on a run," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "Not much has been going in. Hopefully this will get him going."

Dallas' penalty-killing unit also was effective, blanking St. Louis on six chances. The Stars haven't given up a power-play goal since Dec. 18, a streak of 36 kills.

Rookie Jason Bacashihua, the Stars' first-round draft pick in 2001, stopped 22 shots for Blues, last in the Western Conference with 22 points. The Stars routed the Blues 6-1 in St. Louis on Monday night and have won the last five games in the series.

Dallas, which had lost its previous two home games, opened the scoring at 10:12 of the first period on Guerin's short-range shot through Bacashihua's pads.

There were four fights in the final 4:29 of the first period after Ryan Johnson of the Blues took a run at Stars captain Mike Modano along the left boards.

Johnson wasn't penalized, and Dallas' Steve Ott took exception, pummeling Johnson during the ensuing scrap. Three more fights broke out over the next 49 seconds as the Stars dominated the fisticuffs and built a 10-2 shots advantage for the period.

"I thought it was great," Ott said. "There were four good fights. It was kind of like old-style NHL. I guess we brought it back out."

Zubov capitalized on a 5-on-3 with 4:03 left in the second period, scoring on a one-timer from the top of the left circle.

Lehtinen made it 3-0 with his 20th goal 41 seconds later as the Stars cashed in on another two-man advantage.

"It was good for us," Lehtinen said. "We've been struggling on the 5-on-3s and we haven't been scoring much on the power play. Those goals were huge. Those led us to a win."

The Blues were steaming after the game over four penalty calls that went against them during a span of 2:03 in the second period. They included two unsportsmanlike conduct calls by referees Stephane Auger and Dan O'Rourke, one against 14-year veteran Doug Weight.

"There was a lot of passion in this game," Blues coach Mike Kitchen said. "I thought it was an entertaining game for the fans and the referees took it over. (Weight) didn't really say much and that led to a 5-on-3 against a very good hockey team."

Said Weight: "We were pretty upset about the calls. ... There were a bunch of weak ones in there and of course the two unsportsmanlike calls don't help."

Notes

  • Stars C Stu Barnes missed the game because of a groin/hip flexor injury.
  • Dallas D Martin Skoula reached 100 career points with an assist on Guerin's goal.
  • Dallas was 3-3 in its previous six home games.
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Marty Turco needs to make just 16 saves to collect his third shutout this season and 24th career. (AP)
Marty Turco needs to make just 16 saves to collect his third shutout this season and 24th career. (AP)

Scoreboard
St. Louis (8-22-4)0000
Dallas  (24-11-1) «1203
Three Stars
B. Guerin
DAL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
M. Turco
DAL


Saves: 17
Save Pct.: 1.000
S. Ott
DAL


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
10:12Power Play - Bill Guerin (8), Wrist Shot - Assists: Jason Arnott and Martin Skoula
2ND PERIOD
15:57Power Play - Sergei Zubov (5), Slap Shot - Assists: Mike Modano and Jussi Jokinen
16:38Power Play - Jere Lehtinen (20), Slap Shot - Assists: Jussi Jokinen and Mike Modano
3RD PERIOD
None
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:39Weinrich: High sticking - 2 min.
08:50Weinrich: High sticking - 2 min.
15:31Ott: Fighting - 5 min.
15:31Johnson: Fighting - 5 min.
15:35Perrott: Fighting - 5 min.
15:35Walker: Fighting - 5 min.
15:47Erskine: Fighting - 5 min.
15:47Mayers: Fighting - 5 min.
16:20Jackman: Fighting - 5 min.
16:20Morrow: Fighting - 5 min.
17:00Weight: Holding - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
06:57Morrow: Hooking - 2 min.
08:11Sillinger: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.
14:35Cajanek: Holding - 2 min.
15:41Walker: Tripping - 2 min.
15:57Weight: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
16:38Sillinger: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
01:51Zubov: Hooking - 2 min.
07:31Skoula: Interference - 2 min.
10:55Rycroft: Hooking - 2 min.
13:30Rycroft: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.
13:40Miettinen: Holding - 2 min.
15:22Svoboda: Hooking - 2 min.
17:47Morrow: Boarding - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123OTT
St. Louis2510 17
Dallas10105 25
GAME INFORMATION
Attendance - 18584
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Stephane Auger, Dan O'Rourke
Line Judges - Ryan Galloway, Dan Schachte
 
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