Marty Turco is on fire right now. He's seeing the puck well, he's in the right place, and he's getting lucky at times.
He did all three things Saturday in a 3-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. He had 40 saves to get his 40th career shutout.
``He responds to being pushed very well, and that's great for us,'' coach Marc Crawford said. ``He made a great save in the first period, and those are the ones that when they go in, they suck energy out of your team.
Tonight, we were buyoed by the fact we got that good early save.''
Turco's closest moment came when he mishandled the puck and Radim Vrbata had a point-blank shot at an open net.
``He had one foul up and we were a little fortunate on that one,'' Crawford said. ``It's funny how that happens. When things are going bad, the foul up ends up in your net. When things
are going good, it bounces on the guy.''
Turco on why he's playing so well:
``It just helps to be stable and under control when you're on the ice, instead of fighting to see it. I'm trusting that those guys are going to make the blocks. I just stay on my feet and wait to see what happens.
It's a trust thing, and it pays off when you're stable and can see it longer, you can react better.''
Brandon Segal joined the ranks of players who have great first games for the Stars. He had a goal and an assist in 10:15 of ice time.
``You couldn't ask for a better game than that, but one game doesn't make a season or a career, so we've got to keep on going,'' Segal said. ``Coming into Phoenix tonight, I knew what was at stake. You've got guys
who can make plays and smart decisions on the ice. It's fun coming into a new team and seeing what they're all about.''
Segal had a goal and an assist in 25 games with the Kings this year, so this was a big game for him.
James Neal felt bad about the hit on Petr Prucha that knocked him from the game. Neal was trying to finish a check along the boards, and Prucha's head hit into the hard glass and he had to be taken off on a stretcher.
Prucha went to the hospital, but was released and is listed as day to day with an upper body injury.
Marc Crawford said the refs made the right call by not penalizing Neal.
``Nobody likes to see somebody get hurt, it was terrible and scary,'' Crawford said. ``But (Neal) took him and he didn't even finish his check. It was all head on the glass.''
The Stars will go their separate ways now as the NHL shuts down for the Olympics. Goalies will return on Feb. 24 and start working out in Frisco. The team will hold its first practice on Feb. 26 and then play at home
against LA on March 2. The gold medal game for the Olympics is Feb. 28.
The Stars technically could practice on Feb. 25, but Crawford said that his experience in the past is that five days is too much. So he said instead of giving the players a day off in the middle of the five days,
he told them to come back a day later.
Loui Eriksson was hit hard and suffered a cut on his face, but he will be fine for the Olympics. Jere Lehtinen missed the game witha severe cut on his knee, but also will be fine for the Olympics. Brenden Morrow and
Karlis Skrastins also will play at the Olympics.
The rest of the players are scattering and taking vacations.