NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Phoenix
(Saturday, February 13th)
Final Score: Dallas 3, Phoenix 0
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Marty Turco made 40 saves to pick up his fourth shutout of the season, as the Dallas Stars defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-0, at Jobing.com Arena.
Brandon Segal had a goal and an assist for the Stars, who head into the Olympic break with two straight wins. Jamie Benn and Toby Petersen also lit the lamp for Dallas, which snapped a four-game slide in Phoenix.
"A lot of the injuries we've had, guys have really dug in...it's amazing how good you can be when you get quality goaltending. Everybody's belief goes up," said Stars head coach Marc Crawford.
Ilya Bryzgalov turned aside 19-of-22 shots for the Coyotes, who have dropped two in a row heading into the Olympic break.
"I give our guys a ton of credit. We've put ourselves in strong position coming out of the break. Would we liked to have won these last two games before the break, sure we would have...(but) we've put a lot of work into this last little bit," remarked Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett.
The first period had no goals but it sure had its share of hard hits and penalties. It all started 4:01 into the tilt, when Stars forward James Neal laid a clean hit on Coyotes forward Petr Prucha, who went flying into the boards near the penalty box area. Prucha went to the ice immediately and lay motionless on his back for several minutes before being taken off on a stretcher. Phoenix said Prucha was conscious and taken to a hospital for evaluation.
A few minutes later, Martin Hanzal got into a fight with Neal. The stanza ended with a combined eight penalties, totaling 28 minutes.
Turco made 11 saves in the first, while Bryzgalov stopped four shots.
Segal's slapper from the right point 5:54 into the second put the Stars on the board. Then with 7:22 remaining, Benn led a rush down the left side of the ice before sliding a pass over to Mike Ribeiro, who passed the disc back. Benn capitalized by chipping the puck into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Turco continued his solid play in the middle frame, making 17 saves.
Petersen added an insurance goal with seven minutes left in the third, a period in which Turco stopped 12 shots.
Phoenix still leads the season series with Dallas, 3-2...This was the Stars' first victory in Phoenix since November 15, 2008...Dallas won consecutive road games for the first time since October 17-21...Stars center Brad Richards had a five-game point streak come to an end...Dallas forward Jere Lehtinen missed the game with a lower-body injury...It was the 40th career shutout for Turco.
02/14 00:29:53 ET