NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Phoenix |
(Thursday, November 9th)
Final Score: Dallas 1, Phoenix 0
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Marty Turco needed only 13 saves to post his
25th career shutout, as the Dallas Stars blanked the Phoenix Coyotes, 1-0.
Brenden Morrow scored for Dallas, which halted a brief two-game slide and
concluded a four-game road trip 2-2. The Stars now return home and do not play
again until next Wednesday when they host the New York Islanders.
"You always have a better chance of winning when you get a shutout," said
Turco. "The guys played well and they did what they were asked to do. It was
really important to get this win."
Phoenix goaltender Curtis Joseph was spectacular with 34 saves.
"(Joseph) was outstanding," said Phoenix head coach Wayne Gretzky.
The only goal of the game was scored in the second period. Following a minor
penalty to Jeremy Roenick, the Stars skated on the power play and controlled
the action in their offensive zone.
The puck settled on the stick of Morrow along the goal line to the right of
the net. He sent a wrist shot from a sharp angle for an attempted cross-crease
pass, but the disc deflected off the stick of Coyotes defenseman Keith
Ballard and into the near side of the net.
Morrow's sixth goal of the season was scored at the 2:19 mark.
The Stars put 14 shots on goal in the first period and 15 in the second while
they held the hosts to only seven through the first 40 minutes.
Phoenix had five total chances on the power play, including three in the
middle session, but Turco was not tested much.
"On our power plays, we need to score," said Phoenix defenseman Ed Jovanoski.
"(Joseph) played a (great) game and it's too bad we couldn't get (a goal) for
him. As a team we can do better."
Both teams produced six shots in the third period and Dallas used stifling
defensive pressure to keep the Coyotes off the scoreboard.
"Defensively, Dallas is probably the best team in hockey," Gretzky added.
"They worked harder than we did."
This marked the first shutout of the season for Turco.
Dallas, which ended 1-for-5 on the power play, improved to 7-3-0 on the road
this season...The Coyotes fell to 3-5-0 at home...Dallas has won five of the
last six games against Phoenix, 4-0...Sergei Zubov and Darryl Sydor notched
assists on the Dallas goal...Attendance was 13,197.
11/10 02:13:29 ET