DALLAS (AP) _ The Dallas Stars got just what they wanted in their last game
before the All-Star break. Another win, any way they could.
Jason Arnott scored on a backhander and All-Star goalie Marty Turco stopped
18 shots for his 17th career shutout Wednesday night, and the Stars beat
Columbus 1-0 to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games.
``That was the name of the game tonight, get two points and get out,'' Stars
coach Dave Tippett said. ``The last game before the All-Star break, it's tough
mentally. We dug in, found a way to score a goal and hold on.''
Dallas went 6-0-1 in its last games before the All-Star break, moving up to
fifth place it the Western Conference standings. The Stars didn't trail at any
point for the first time in six games.
``It wasn't very exciting, but we got the two points that we needed,'' left
wing Brenden Morrow said. ``San Jose keeps winning, but we're getting closer.''
Dallas is within three points of the Pacific Division-leading Sharks, who
have one more game before the break.
The only score came with 13:01 left in the second period when Darren Oliver
worked the puck along the board to Steve Ott, who then passed it to the front
of the net for Arnott's 13th goal. Dallas is 10-1-1 when Arnott scores a goal.
``This is what we needed, to go into the break with a win,'' Arnott said.
``We need a good solid break, and then come back focused.''
Columbus has the NHL's worst road record at 3-16-4-2. The Blue Jackets have
never won in seven trips to Dallas.
The Blue Jackets were again without NHL goal-scoring leader Rick Nash, the
19-year-old left wing who missed his second straight game because of a bruised
Nash, who has 31 goals, is scheduled to skate Thursday to determine if he
can play in the All-Star game this weekend.
``We knew they were going to have a game plan to make sure they didn't come
in here and lost to Columbus going into the break,'' coach Gerard Gallant said.
``We were missing Nash, but the other guys played real hard. We had good
goaltending, and that really gave us a chance to win late.''
Marc Denis stopped 28 shots Wednesday, including the first 19.
But Turco, making his 16th straight start and appearing in his 29th straight
game, posted his fifth shutout this season and his NHL-best 26th win. He will
start for the Western Conference All-Stars on Sunday.
Turco has won all seven of his career games against Columbus, with a .915
save percentage (140 of 153).
Turco has missed just two of Dallas' 56 games this season, and has already
played 3,202 minutes _ one minute shy of his total last season. He's on pace to
break the NHL record for minutes played by a goalie, set last season when Denis
Most of the first period was played in front of Denis, who made several
saves with traffic in front of the net. The Stars outshot Columbus 16-4 in the
The Stars won their 58th straight game when leading after two periods, a
streak that goes back to Oct. 19, 2002. It's the longest in the NHL, but still
101 games short of Toronto's record set from 1960-65.