Marty Turco was not hurt on that second period collision with Troy Brouwer, coach Dave Tippett said. He simply felt it was time to get his goalie some rest.
That said, Turco twisted oddly on one save and then had his skates taken out from under him when Brouwer came charging in and lost an edge while Turco was playing the puck against the end boards.
I honestly don't think it is anything, but it's something to take note of as everyone watches this thing go forward. The Stars are now tied at 61 points with three other teams, and Vancouver is officially in ninth right now in points (makes that win Friday seem pretty important, eh?). Bottom line, the Stars have to keep plugging along, learning lessons and getting better.
Tippett was ticked off with his team's performance and ripped them pretty good
``You look at the standings and you think this should be a really big game,'' Tippett said of the fact Chicago is in fourth place in the West and the Stars are in fifth. ``And then (after the game) you can count how many players who I felt played to capacity on one hand.''
Starting his 26th consecutive game and playing on back-to-back nights after beating Vancouver on Friday, Turco said before the game he was excited about the chance to play the surging Blackhawks. In fact, he said he had penciled the game on his calendar as one he felt the Stars could use as a stepping stone to push for fourth place, where Chicago (31-15-8, 70 points) currently sits in the standings.
``Turcs recognized where he was, and it's too bad that some other players didn't recognize that _ some people who had the opportunity to make a difference,'' Tippett said.