The resurgence of goaltender Marty Turco has the Dallas Stars riding their longest win streak of the season.
Dallas and Turco seek their fifth straight victory Tuesday night as they host the Calgary Flames - a team against which the Stars' goaltender has thrived in the past.
The Stars (23-18-7) have won four in a row for the first time since a seven-game run from Jan. 29-Feb. 11, 2008. Turco has been in net for each victory during the current streak, allowing six total goals while making 109 saves and lowering his goals-against average to 2.98 - albeit still much higher than his 2.24 career mark.
"Turcs comes up with save after save. That's what you need if you're going to win," said left wing James Neal, who had two goals and an assist to back Turco in Saturday's 7-3 win at Columbus. "He's putting some real solid games together. We're responding and playing good hockey. It's a good feeling around here. It's fun and guys are playing well."
Dallas' top line of Mike Ribeiro, Jere Lehtinen and Steve Ott is certainly playing well, as all three players are riding four-game point streaks. Ott has a goal in three straight games, while Lehtinen has three goals and five assists in his last eight contests. Ribeiro has a team-best 43 points, including nine in the last six games.
Turco is 10-4-1 with a 1.73 GAA in his last 15 starts against the Flames (30-15-4), helping Dallas take five of the last seven meetings between the teams. He stopped 36 of 37 shots to earn a 3-1 road win the last time these teams faced each other, Dec. 2 in Calgary.
However, the Flames are playing much-improved hockey these days. Despite a 4-3 loss Monday at Colorado that ended its three-game win streak, Calgary is 14-4-1 in its last 19, thanks in large part to a surging offense.
The Flames are averaging 3.60 goals in their last 10 games, and have scored at least three in all but one of those contests. Michael Cammalleri has produced 11 of his team-leading 25 goals in that span - including a hat trick against Buffalo last Wednesday - but has not found the net in the last two games.
Jarome Iginla has 20 goals for the 10th straight season. He reached the milestone while tying Monday's game at 3-all in the second period, but Calgary failed to score over the final 29:59.
"We didn't take them lightly. We knew it was a tough game," Iginla said. "Unfortunately, tonight we didn't make the game-breaking plays and the timely plays as they did."
After defeating the Flames six straight times at American Airlines Center, Dallas is 0-1-1 in its last two home games against Calgary.