NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Dallas
(Tuesday, January 27th)
Final Score: Dallas 2, Atlanta 0
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Marty Turco used 25 saves to record his 35th career shutout and the Dallas Stars blanked the Atlanta Thrashers, 2-0.
Jere Lehtinen and Steve Ott scored for the Stars, who emerged from the All- Star break with the win and have now been victorious in three of their last four contests overall. The Stars will close January with two road games -- at Detroit on Thursday and a matchup against the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Saturday.
"Marty (Turco) is a proven (goaltender)," said Ott. "There's nobody that wants it more on a nightly basis than Marty. He's a goaltender but he's a captain on our team and his leadership is showing through."
Kari Lehtonen yielded two goals on 33 shots for the Thrashers, who have dropped two straight following a three-game win streak.
The Stars grabbed a 1-0 lead at the 3:48 mark of the opening period. After a turnover in the neutral zone, the puck drifted deep into the Dallas offensive zone. From below the left circle, Mike Ribeiro threw the puck toward the net, it hit a stick, flipped high into the air, deflected off the shoulder pad of Lehtinen -- who was atop the crease -- and settled into the net.
"I threw the puck toward the net and Jere made a great play on it," said Ribeiro. "We had a lot of chances, we put a lot of pressure on them and we created good momentum for ourselves."
Ott lit the lamp 28 seconds into the second period for a two-goal Dallas advantage. He was all alone in front near the right post and punched home his sixth goal after a pass through the crease by Trevor Daley.
In the third period, the Stars dominated most of the action. The hosts kept the puck in their offensive zone and sustained pressure, not allowing the Thrashers many scoring chances on the other end.
The best chance that the visitors did manage to create occurred with just under 11 minutes to play in regulation. Colby Armstrong cut to the crease area from the lower right circle and was all alone in front, but his backhander was turned aside by Turco's blocker.
"(I am) always striving for shutouts," said Turco. "We're tough to play against when we play like (we did tonight)."
It was Turco's second shutout of the season...Atlanta has now faced the Stars 11 times in franchise history. The Thrashers' only victory came on January 18, 2006...Atlanta fell to 8-14-3 on the road this season.
01/28 00:58:00 ET