NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Toronto
(Saturday, December 10th)
Final Score: Dallas 2, Toronto 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Marty Turco made 19 saves as the Dallas Stars edged out the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1, at Air Canada Centre.
Jere Lehtinen and Jon Klemm netted goals for the Stars, who have won five straight games, and are 10-1 in their last eleven games overall. Mike Modano picked up his 17th assist of the season and now has points in five straight games.
Ed Belfour made 32 saves in the Toronto defeat. With one-goal losses in his last four starts, Belfour remains stuck on 447 wins, tied with Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk for second all-time.
Mats Sundin scored the lone goal for Toronto and Eric Lindros picked up an assist. The Leafs have now lost the first three games of their current four- game homestand.
The Stars are now 3-1-1 in the last five meetings with Toronto.
Dallas opened the scoring around six minutes into the game with Klemm notching his first goal of the season. Right after his penalty expired and with Lindros in the box for roughing, Klemm snuck behind the Toronto defense and was hit with a pass from Stephane Robidas. He skated in on a breakaway, firing a wrist shot that Belfour saved, but Klemm followed the play up, tapping the rebound home for the 1-0 lead.
The Stars grabbed a 2-0 lead around two minutes later with Lehtinen scoring his 15th goal of the season. Modano set up near the left side of the net, backhanded a pass to Lehtinen in front and he re-directed the puck past Belfour.
Toronto was unable to get much going in the second period, managing only four shots on goal. The Leafs also went 0-for-3 with the man advantage during the second stanza.
"It was our best sixty-minute effort of the year," said Turco. "We gave them everything we had and it was fun to watch our guys play like that."
The Leafs made it a 2-1 game with 8:19 remaining in regulation after Sundin finally got Toronto on the board. Lindros made an outlet pass to Sundin, who raced into the Dallas zone and cranked a slap shot from the right face-off circle that beat Turco five-hole.
Toronto had a chance to even things up late after Alex Steen rifled a shot from just inside the blue line that Turco kicked out with his right pad with about 4:20 to play in the game.
The Leafs managed only three shots on goal in the final frame.
Dallas set a franchise record by scoring a power-play goal in 18 consecutive games. They are 17-5-0 when scoring a goal with the man advantage this season...Turco is 12-2-0 in his last 14 games...With around nine minutes to go in the third period, Leafs' defenseman Alexander Khavanov blocked a shot off his left leg and needed to be helped off the ice. He did return to the bench late in the period.
12/10 22:21:43 ET