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Dallas at Anaheim

Acrobatic Turco blanks Ducks for fourth career playoff shutout

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Dallas Stars played with the poise of champions, while the Anaheim Ducks performed like postseason novices.

Marty Turco put on an acrobatic show in goal and the Stars' power play provided all the scoring as they put the defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks in an early playoff hole with a 4-0 victory Thursday.

"For me, getting the shutout means little," Turco said after stopping 23 shots in the playoff opener. "It's always been about how I play and how I am moving and my patience.

"It was there tonight at times. There were a couple of fortunate tips that hit me that I didn't see."

With his teammates playing solid defense in front of him, Turco earned his fourth career postseason shutout.

"Our power play was huge for us," the Stars' goalie said. "So was the second period, obviously. They had some chances and mad scrambles and we capitalized on our opportunities on the power play and that was the difference."

Game 2 is Saturday night in Anaheim.

Steve Ott and Loui Eriksson had first-period goals, and Jere Lehtinen and Brendan Morrow added scores in the second for the Stars, who ended a six-game losing streak in Game 1s and took an opening game for just the second time in their last 10 tries.

They have been knocked out of the playoffs in the first round each of the past three years.

"I can't remember the last time we have won a Game 1, so it was huge," Morrow said. "The way we finished the year off and to come out and have everyone contribute and play their roles was huge for us and gave us a little confidence."

Morrow, who along with Mike Ribeiro chipped in with a pair of assists apiece, said the Stars couldn't have drawn the game up any better.

"We stayed disciplined. We kind of weathered the storm in the beginning and took advantage of the power play," he said. "That was the difference."

The Ducks' usual strong suits, their veteran defense and goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, were vulnerable. Giguere faced 37 shots.

Anaheim's offense also lacked spark after the Stars took the early lead. The Ducks went a stretch of almost 20 minutes, beginning midway through the first period to about the same mark in the second, without getting off a shot.

Anaheim, the NHL's most penalized team this season, also hurt itself with penalties, with the Stars cashing in on four of seven power-play opportunities. The Ducks, who had three power plays, drew 11 penalties to the Stars' seven.

After the game, the theme in the Anaheim locker room seemed to be "play smarter."

"Yeah, we want to play on edge, finish checks and be physical, but we have to be smart," Giguere said, alluding to the number of Dallas power plays. "And we need to get guys in front; they're a team that can pass.

"Mentally, I guess we weren't ready."

Teemu Selanne shook his head and said, "We took too many stupid penalties."

Giguere thought the Ducks had the momentum until Ott scored, then seemed to let down.

"There are going to be goals against," Giguere said. "But we've got to keep our heads up."

Turco did a fine job with traffic in front of him. During a frantic few seconds of an Anaheim power play in the second period, with a crowd in the crease, he first swatted the puck away, then went down on his back and kicked at it, and finally rolled over on his stomach and blocked another try.

"That's Marty Turco, that's how he's been all year," Ribeiro said. "He plays unbelievable for us and he always gives us a chance to win. Sometimes people don't realize those big saves -- if they go in, it changes the whole momentum."

Ott started the Stars rolling at 11:25 of the opening period. Stephane Robidas, battling a Ducks defender on the right boards, wristed a shot that Ott, near the goal line, redirected past Giguere on the glove side.

Eriksson scored his first career playoff goal at 17:34 of the period, with the help of some picture-perfect passing. Robidas made a crisp pass to Brad Richards in the left circle and Richards passed up a shot to slide the puck across to Eriksson, who was slicing across the top of the right circle.

Eriksson one-timed the shot past Giguere on the stick side.

On Dallas' third goal, Ribeiro, from behind the net, fed the unguarded Lehtinen and he snapped a wrist shot over Giguere's right shoulder. Morrow made it 4-0 when Ribeiro, just across the goal line near the right post, slid the puck across the crease and Morrow was able to get his stick beyond the defenders and push the puck into the net.

Notes

  • The Stars took the regular-season series against the Ducks 5-3, and earned a shootout point in one of the losses. The Ducks, though, won the final two meetings.
  • Dallas was good on the road this season, going 22-14-5 and scoring a West-high 118 goals away from home.
  • Turco is coming off his fifth consecutive 30-win regular season, second behind only Martin Brodeur's 12 straight seasons with 30 or more wins.
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Marty Turco turns aside 23 shots, some in a most spectacular fashion, like this one. (AP)
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Scoreboard
Dallas  (1-0-0) «2204
Anaheim (0-1-0)0000
Three Stars
M. Ribeiro
DAL


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
B. May
ANA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
M. Turco
DAL


Saves: 23
Save Pct.: 1.000
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
11:25Power Play - Steve Ott (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Stephane Robidas, Brenden Morrow
17:34Power Play - Loui Eriksson (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Brad Richards, Stephane Robidas
2ND PERIOD
03:58Power Play - Jere Lehtinen (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Mike Ribeiro, Brenden Morrow
17:22Power Play - Brenden Morrow (1), Tip-In. Assist: Mike Ribeiro, Jere Lehtinen
3RD PERIOD
None
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
06:05Modano, 2 min, Interference
10:22Moen, 2 min, Elbowing
16:01Sutherby, 2 min, Cross-Checking
19:14Bertuzzi, 2 min, Roughing
19:14Selanne, 2 min, Roughing
19:14Ott, 2 min, Roughing
19:14Boucher, 2 min, Roughing
19:14Schneider, 2 min, Roughing
2ND PERIOD
02:04Getzlaf, 2 min, Roughing
04:08Schneider, 2 min, Interference
05:05Ribeiro, 2 min, Interference
15:06Boucher, 2 min, Tripping
16:06Ott, 2 min, Roughing
16:06Bertuzzi, 2 min, Roughing
17:14Beauchemin, 2 min, High-Sticking
19:50Huskins, 2 min, Broken Stick
3RD PERIOD
15:45Kunitz, 2 min, Roughing
15:45Hagman, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
 123T
Dallas12151037
Anaheim88723
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Marty Turco60:00230
Jean-Sebastien Giguere59:57334
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Dallas0-for-0
Anaheim0-for-0
Game Information
Attendance - 17191
Referees - Don Koharski, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Steve Miller
 
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