Turco stops 18 shots to lead Stars to lead Stars past Flames 3-2

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The Hockey News

The Hockey News

Turco has spent all six of his NHL seasons in Dallas. He began as a backup for two seasons to Ed Belfour, the Stanley Cup-winning goalie for the Stars who won 160 games from 1997-2002.

Joel Lundqvist's first broke goal snapped a 1-1 tie with 13½ minutes left in the second period. About two minutes later, Turco assisted on Stu Barnes' goal that gave Dallas a 3-1 lead.

The injury-riddled Stars, playing their final home game before hosting the all-star game next week, also had two goals from Jere Lehtinen - one in the first period and an empty-net goal in the final minute of the game.

Kristian Huselius and Stephane Yelle had goals for Calgary, which lost its second straight after a five-game winning streak. Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 20 shots in his 200th career game.

Turco will play in his third all-star game next week as a reserve for the Western Conference squad. The only other all-star from Dallas is defenceman Philippe Boucher, scratched Wednesday night because of a facial injury sustained when he was struck in the face by a puck during a game two days earlier.

The Stars were already without injured players Mike Modano, Sergei Zubov, Brenden Morrow, Matthew Barnaby and Jeff Halpern.

Turco's assist came when he passed to Eric Lindros at centre ice. Lindros pushed the puck to Barnes, whose slap shot from the middle of the right circle went over Kiprusoff's shoulder and into the net for his seventh goal.

It was Turco's fourth assist, one short of the Stars' season record for a goalie, set by Belfour five years ago.

Lundqvist, one of five rookies in the Dallas lineup and playing in his eighth NHL game, knocked a loose-puck rebound past Kiprusoff.

Yelle got the Flames within 3-2 with 8:18 left when he scored from the top of the left circle, getting the puck past the stretched-out Turco. Calgary had another chance, but couldn't take advantage of a power play in the final five minutes.

Huselius had a power-play goal, his 20th of the season, in the first period.

Notes: The Stars played their 999th regular season game since moving to Dallas in 1993. The 1,000th comes Saturday night in Minnesota, where they moved from - and were the North Stars. ... The crowd was announced as a sellout of 18,532, but because of unusually icy conditions outside, the arena was only about half-full. A message flashed on the scoreboard during a timeout in the first period thanked "Faithful fans for braving 'Artic Blast 2007."'