DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Stars are still trying to score consistently. The
way goaltender Marty Turco is playing right now, the Stars don't need much
Turco stopped 23 shots and Brenden Morrow scored a power-play goal in the
first period for the Stars, who beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Friday
Turco has allowed one goal or less in seven straight starts, the best
stretch in club history. He is the first NHL goalie to give up one goal or less
in seven consecutive starts since John Vanbiesbrouck did it in eight
consecutive starts for the New York Rangers from Feb. 23-April 16, 1992.
"Marty gave us another rock-solid game," Stars coach Dave Tippett said.
"When the goaltender is on top of his game, all the other things fall into
Jason Arnott added a goal in the second period to help Dallas win its third
straight game and improve to 5-1-1 in its last seven.
Dallas' offense continues to struggle, with two goals or less in five of the
last seven games. But Turco, who opened the season with a 6-8-3 record and a
2.61 goals-against average, has a 0.82 GAA over his last 439 minutes, 17
"At the beginning of the season, some things didn't go our way," Turco
said. "The guys have been really good in front of me and it's certainly been a
great team effort."
Dallas evened its record (16-16-4) for the first time since Nov. 30.
The Stars completed their four-game season series against the Predators
Dan Hamhuis scored in the third period and Tomas Vokoun made 15 saves for
the Predators, 1-3-3-2 in their last nine games.
Nashville held a 9-1 edge in shots in the third period but couldn't get the
tying goal past Turco.
"When Turco is tracking the puck like that, that's when he's pretty good,"
Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "Dallas is playing much better than they
were earlier. There's a better team commitment. They've got a lot of star
Morrow scored his eighth of the season on a rebound of Scott Young's shot at
12:05 of the opening period.
Arnott made it 2-0 at 4:57 of the second period, backhanding the puck
through Vokoun's pads for his ninth of the season.
Nashville cut the deficit to 2-1 with 13:13 remaining when Hamhuis knocked
in a loose puck after Turco failed to maintain control on a glove save.
Dallas blanked Nashville on all seven power plays, giving the Stars 35
straight penalty kills.
"Our power play has got to be a lot more productive," Vokoun said. "And
we're playing good teams right now. We've got to score more than we're scoring