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Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues

Saturday, 01.24.2004 / 7:00 PM

Associated Press

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GAME: Dallas Stars (22-20-8-0) at St. Louis Blues (25-15-6-1).

TIME: Saturday, 8 p.m. EST.

Dallas goalie Marty Turco hasn't gotten much rest recently. He doesn't seem to mind.

Turco looks to lead the Stars to a home-and-home sweep of the St. Louis Blues as the teams meet at the Savvis Center.

Turco stopped 33 shots Friday for his 16th career shutout and fourth of the season, helping the Stars to a 2-0 win over the Blues.

"That's the greatest goaltending performance I've ever seen in my life," said Dallas' Aaron Downey, who scored his first goal of the season. "He was in a complete zone, and he won that game for us."

Turco has started Dallas' last 10 games, recording a 4-3-2 record and a 2.19 goals-against average during that span. His last break came on Jan. 2, when backup Ron Tugnutt started. However, Tugnutt, who has been on injured reserve since Jan. 15, was yanked 16:14 into the game in favor of Turco.

"Your goalie had to be your best penalty killer, and tonight he was," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "They had some real quality chances. That performance has to rank right up there."

Phillippe Boucher added a power-play goal Friday for the Stars, who play four of their next five at home.

The Blues were disappointed with the result after outshooting the Stars 33-20.

"We felt we were the better team," St. Louis' Doug Weight said. "We got chances. But (Turco) was playing with confidence. We deserved a better fate tonight."

Dallas activated defenseman John Erskine, who missed four games with a calf laceration, and assigned defenseman Trevor Daley to Utah of the American Hockey League. However, Erskine did not play in Friday's game.

2003-2004 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 20 '04STL 1 at DAL 3S. Barnes
Jan 24 '04DAL 3 at STL 2J. Lehtinen
Jan 23 '04STL 0 at DAL 2A. Downey
Nov 22 '03DAL 1 at STL 2P. Demitra
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