DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Stars were tired of ties.
Steve Ott and Scott Young had goals and Jason Arnott two assists for the
Stars, who beat the Atlanta Thrashers for the eighth time in as many all-time
meetings, 2-1 Thursday night.
Dallas had settled for ties in four of its previous five games, allowing
late goals on defensive breakdowns. This time, the Stars remained aggressive
down the stretch, outshooting the Thrashers 11-3 in the third period.
"Everyone stayed poised," Arnott said. "The guys really pulled together
at the end. The confidence has been a little down, knowing we've blown games
late, but tonight was a positive. We can't accept ties. We've got to expect
more out of ourselves."
Marty Turco, who learned earlier in the day that he had been voted the
Western Conference's starting goaltender for the NHL All-Star game, had 15
saves as the Stars held on to improve to 7-2-5 in their last 14 games.
"We're finding ways to get points, which is what we're all about," Stars
coach Dave Tippett said.
Ronald Petrovicky notched his 14th goal on a rebound with 2:36 to play as
the Thrashers avoided the shutout. Atlanta has two goals or less in seven of
its last 11 games.
But Turco and the Dallas defense were able to minimize Atlanta's scoring
opportunities in the final two minutes.
"It was a great game from our guys from start to finish," Turco said. "It
was a treat to watch for most of the night. The last two periods, they didn't
have many scoring chances and that's a good sign. This is a team that scores a
lot of goals and it turned out pretty good for us."
Dallas was able to keep Thrashers high-scoring left wing Ilya Kovalchuk in
check. Kovalchuk, who started the night tied for the NHL scoring lead with 46
points and was second in goals with 22, had one assist.
"Turco was very good," Kovalchuk said. "We had our chances. We didn't
play bad hockey. We're still in first place in our division so we're not
worried. You can't win all 82 games."
Pasi Nurminen stopped 24 shots for the Thrashers, who lost their fourth
"It's a long season and we're a young team," said Thrashers coach Bob
Hartley. "We have to keep learning from our mistakes. And this team (the
Stars) is now playing up to their potential."
Ott got his second goal of the season in the first period, and Young's
fourth came with 13:28 remaining for the Stars.
Ott knocked the rebound of Arnott's shot past Nurminen 1:49 after the
"It's just a matter of being in the right place at the right time," Ott
said. "I went to the net and the puck was just sitting there."