DALLAS (AP) _ Marty Turco drew some high praise from Dallas teammate Aaron
Downey after his 16th career shutout.
``That's the greatest goaltending performance I've ever seen in my life,''
said Downey, who scored a goal in the Stars' 2-0 victory over St. Louis on
Friday night. ``He was in a complete zone and he won that game for us.''
Turco stopped 33 shots to help the Stars open a key stretch of the season
with a 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues.
Downey scored his first goal of the season late in the opening period, and
Phillippe Boucher added a power-play goal with 3:35 remaining.
The Stars killed a two-man power play late in the second period and early in
the third. Niko Kapanen was given a double-minor for high-sticking at 18:12 of
the second and teammate Sergei Zubov was whistled for hooking 28 seconds later.
Turco responded with a series of sharp saves to keep the Blues scoreless.
``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.''
Dallas, 9-4-4 in its last 17 games, killed all six St. Louis power plays.
Turco came up big with 8:07 left, denying Doug Weight, who had gone in
alone, and then Turco stopped Eric Nickulas from close range with 7:05
``We felt we were the better team,'' Weight said. ``We got chances. But
(Turco) was playing with confidence. We deserved a better fate tonight.''
Turco stopped all 12 shots he faced in the first period, including a
point-blank save against Keith Tkachuk with 50 seconds left in the period while
Blues were on a power play. Pavol Demitra had two close-range shots at Turco
that were snuffed a little over a minute after the opening faceoff.
``That's a booster for everybody. It's good to dodge one early,'' Turco said
of blocking Demitra's two early opportunities. ``They had some great chances.
It was a passionate game for them and a desperate game for us. This has to be
one of my better games.''
Dallas will play four of its next five games at home as it tries to gain
ground on the first-place San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Division.
The Stars and Blues meet again in St. Louis on Saturday night.
Dallas missed a prime scoring opportunity midway through the second period
when Mike Modano's penalty shot hit the left goal post. Modano had broken in on
the left side and was tripped by St. Louis defenseman Alexander Khavanov as
Modano drove hard to the net, giving Modano the penalty shot.
Chris Osgood stopped 18 shots for the Blues, 5-9-4 in their last 18 games.
Dallas took a 1-0 lead at 16:40 of the first period on Downey's deflection
of Jon Klemm's shot that went in off Osgood's glove.
Downey has three career goals in 104 games.
Boucher added his fourth of the season on a shot from the left circle that
got past a screened Osgood.