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Marty Turco earns 26th shutout to lead Stars to 1-0 defeat of Sharks

Turco stopped 25 shots for his 26th career shutout and Mike Modano scored a power-play goal before leaving with an injury on Monday night in the Stars' 1-0 victory that ended San Jose's season-high five-game winning streak. "We hadn't been playing well and we had a depleted corps, so this was a big confidence builder for all of us," Turco said.

"It's all about the wins and giving the team a chance. (The Sharks) are a good team. We couldn't totally shut them down, but we did a good job of limiting their chances."

With 1:47 left and the Sharks with the extra attacker after pulling goalie Evgeni Nabokov, Turco made a glove save on a close-in shot by Joe Pavekski to preserve his second shutout of the season.

Turco was called for a tripping penalty when he used his stick to take down San Jose's Steve Bernier in front of the net with 47 seconds left, but the Sharks were unable muster a decent scoring chance on the ensuing power play.

Turco also had a pad save on a shot by Jonathan Cheechoo that seemed ticketed for the lower right corner of the net with 6:38 remaining. Officials checked replay and ruled that the puck stayed under Turco's pad and never crossed the goal line.

"He made a nice save," Cheechoo said. "I don't even think he saw it. He just slid across with two pads and it hit him, but he made a nice save to get over there."

Turco came up with a tough stick save on Patrick Marleau with 11 minutes left, and made a sliding stop on Marleau's point-blank attempt with 9:20 left.

"Marty's been there for us all season," Stars defenceman Philippe Boucher said. "He's an outstanding goalie and he proved it again tonight."

The Stars finished the game minus six injured regulars, including Modano, who exited for the locker room in the second period with an unspecified lower body injury and did not return.

Stars coach Dave Tippett said Modano will be evaluated on Tuesday.

Also out for Dallas were left-wing Brenden Morrow (groin), forward Eric Lindros (bruised foot), defencemen Trevor Daley (concussion) and Darryl Sydor (arm) and right-wing Antti Miettinen (lower body).

Rookies Loui Eriksson, Niklas Grossman and Joel Lundqvist got extensive ice time for the Stars.

"We have a lot of people nursing injuries," Tippett said. "We had a lot of guys who did some good things. We battled and found a way to win."

Nabokov made 12 saves for the Sharks, who wrapped up a 3-1 road trip.

Modano capitalized on the game's first power play with a one-timer from the right circle at 7:46 of the opening period.

The goal was Modano's 10th of the season and 495th of his career.

San Jose turned up the pressure in the final two periods with a 19-8 shots advantage and four power plays, but the Sharks were unable to solve Turco.

"Marty Turco had a great night, five or six huge saves," San Jose coach Ron Wilson said. "We just couldn't finish and a lot of it had to do with him."

Notes: The Sharks had won 11 of their previous 13. ...The Sharks were shut out for the second time this season. ... Lundqvist made his NHL debut, playing almost 16 minutes. He was called up Monday from Iowa of the American League because of the Stars' injuries. ... Lindros, who missed his first game of the season, is day-to-day. ... The Stars improved to 8-1-0 against the Pacific Division.



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