Stars too much for Flames


Published: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

DALLAS — All-Star goalie Marty Turco matched a franchise record with his 160th victory, stopping 18 shots and assisting on a goal as the Dallas Stars beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Wednesday night.

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 career goal snapped a 1-1 tie with 13 minutes left in the second period. About 2 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 got two goals from Jere Lehtinen — one in the first period and an empty-netter in the final minute of the game.

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

The assist for Turco came when he passed to Eric Lindros at center 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.

Ference 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 5 minutes.

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

RED WINGS 5, PREDATORS 3

Henrik Zetterberg had a two goals and an assist, and Pavel Datsyuk added four assists to lift the host Detroit Red Wings to a win over the Nashville Predators.

Nicklas Lidstrom, Jiri Hudler and Tomas Holmstrom also scored for Detroit, which won its fifth straight.

Datsyuk has 14 points — two goals and 12 assists — in his last five games, Zetterberg has three goals and nine assists while scoring at least a point in six straight games, and Holmstrom has nine goals in his last 10 games.

Greg Zanon got his first NHL goal, and Jordin Tootoo and Dan Hamhuis also scored for Nashville, which snapped its six-game winning streak.

SABRES 6, BRUINS 3

Brian Campbell and Maxim Afinogenov scored 4 minutes apart in the third period, lifting the host Buffalo Sabres to a win over the Boston Bruins.

The loss spoiled a breakout game for Bruins rookie Phil Kessel, who enjoyed the first two-goal game of his career, in only his fifth game back since having surgery for testicular cancer.

Daniel Paille scored twice, including an empty-netter in the final minute, to help the Sabres snap a season-worst three-game winless streak (0-2-1). Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy also scored as Buffalo also ended a three-game home losing skid.

Glen Murray also scored for the Bruins, who settled for a split of the home-at-home series after a 3-2 shootout win over the Sabres at Boston on Monday. Boston dropped to 2-6-1 in the last nine games and has lost five straight on the road — the team's worst stretch since going 0-5 in the final month of last season.

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