Lightning pummel Dallas


Columbus' Rick Nash, left, scores a goal against St. Louis' Curtis Sanford during a shootout Friday in Columbus, Ohio.

The Associated Press
Published: Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
DALLAS - Marty Turco should have stayed on the bench.
Turco allowed four goals on six shots in an abbreviated stint, and the Tampa Bay Lightning went on to beat the Dallas Stars 6-3 on Friday night.
Brad Richards' short-handed tally triggered Tampa Bay's four-goal, first-period flurry against Turco, who was pulled at 12:35 in favor of Johan Hedberg.
Turco missed the previous game due to a groin injury, and he was removed on Friday night for the third time in six starts. Turco, who has allowed eight goals in the last 21 shots he's faced, didn't get much help from his teammates.
"We've had some bad starts, but that was our worst all season," said Turco, who refused to use the injury as an excuse. "To be unprepared like that, knowing what was coming, there's absolutely no excuse. Soft, sloppy play has been the characteristic of ourselves. We've just been getting by and pretending, and it's finally catching up with us."
Darryl Sydor, Ruslan Fedotenko and Pavel Kubina also scored in the first period for the Lightning, who handed the Stars a season-worst third consecutive loss.
  • BLUE JACKETS 4, BLUES 3, SO: Rick Nash's shootout goal gave host Columbus a victory over St. Louis and stretched the Blues' losing streak to nine.
    The victory improved Columbus to 4-2 in shootouts. The Blues fell to 1-4 and lost for the second consecutive night in the NHL's new tiebreaker.
    Dean McAmmond and Doug Weight were stopped by Blue Jackets' goalie Marc Denis in the shootout and Columbus' Jaroslav Balastik was turned aside in his first-round attempt. When Nash came off the bench for Columbus' second try, he was greeted by a standing ovation.
    Meanwhile, Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard accepted a two-year suspension from international competition for taking a banned steroid, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said.
    Since the test Berard failed wasn't part of NHL testing, he won't be subject to league discipline.
    A sample taken from Berard on Nov. 12 tested positive for 19-norandrosterone, a steroid that helps athletes add strength and muscle and lose weight. The sample was collected after his name was submitted by USA Hockey as a potential Olympic participant.
  • WILD 4, BLACKHAWKS 1: Rookie defenseman Kurtis Foster had a goal and assist, and Manny Fernandez made 31 saves to lift host Minnesota to a victory over Chicago.
    Foster leads first-year defensemen with nine goals. Fernandez has an NHL-best 2.02 goals against average and is tied for first with a .929 save percentage.
    Kyle Wanvig, Marian Gaborik and Randy Robitaille also scored for Minnesota, which has won two straight to complete a seven-game homestand 3-4.
    Duncan Keith scored for Chicago, which lost in regulation for the first time in five games.
    Chicago, which allowed 20 first-period shots to Colorado on Thursday, was sluggish at the start for the second straight night.
    Meanwhile, the Blackhawks traded defenseman Anton Babchuk to the Carolina Hurricanes for defenseman Danny Richmond.
    The teams also swapped draft picks. Chicago sent its fourth-round pick in the 2007 entry draft to the Hurricanes for their fourth rounder in this year's draft.
    "Danny Richmond is a kid with a lot of passion for the game," Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement. "He is a skilled defenseman who possesses a lot of grit and toughness."
  • COYOTES: The team traded center Petr Nedved to the Philadelphia Flyers for defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.
    Friday's trade also gave the Flyers the option of swapping fourth-round draft choices with the Coyotes at this year's entry draft and third-round choices with the Coyotes in next year's entry draft.
    "Nedved has always been a good scorer and a real good player and we think he'll solve some of our problems up front," said Flyers general manager Bob Clarke.
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