Tuesday, March 9, 2010

NHL Recap 3-8-10: Turco saves Stars; Nothing can save BJs

Dallas spiral stopped for now
Marty Turco did what few others have done this season. Win in Washington. At the same time, he stopped a skid that threatened to derail the Dallas playoff hopes.

Turco made a career-high 49 saves and Dallas overcame a 2-0 deficit only to give up a late lead before recovering to knock off Washington, 4-3 in a shootout. The Stars had lost all three games since the Olympics ended and looked bad doing it, being out-scored 17-5. It was just the seventh loss (only three in regulation) at home for the Capitals, who had won a club record 13 straight at home.

The Stars didn't look a whole lot better through two periods in this one, being out-shot 42-16. Goals by Tom Poti and Alex Ovechkin gave Washington a 2-0 lead before Dallas responded with three quick goals to start the third.

Brad Richards and Trevor Daley scored on the power play and James Neal put the Stars ahead 3-2 eight minutes into the period. The lead held up until Ovechkin's second of the game and league-high tying 44th of the season with 3:16 remaining tied the score.

Nicklas Backstrom and Richards exchanged goals in the shootout, then Loui Eriksson won it in the fifth round for Dallas for a much-needed second point. The Stars are in 10th place, four back of Detroit.

Frolov sparks LA's rout of Columbus
Jonathan Quick had time to catch up on his napping. He had that little to do.

Alexander Frolov recorded four points, two as part of a four-goal first period, and Los Angeles dominated Columbus, 6-0. The Kings out-shot the Blue Jackets 35-11.

Columbus fell behind 2-0 less than 14 minutes into the game on goals by Wayne Simmonds and Drew Doughty but things didn't look that bleak. That came two minutes later.

With Rick Nash in the penalty box on a double minor for high sticking, the deficit doubled. Los Angeles converted both parts of the power play on goals 41 seconds apart by Michal Handzus and Frolov. In a span of 1:55, Los Angeles went from being ahead 2-0 to 4-0.

Nash then left the game later in the first period with an injury.

Fredrik Modin and Brad Richardson scored in the second period, and when the frame ended, the Kings had more goals (six) than the Blue Jackets had shots on goal (five). Even with four power plays in the third period, Columbus still registered just six shots on Quick, who recorded his third shutout of the season.

Stat of the night
9 - Columbus had scored the first goal of the game in nine straight contests.

Quote of the night
"We don't have the talent to match up with them, line-for-line and player-for-player. Some nights, it should be called 'goalie' not 'hockey."

Notable games
Tuesday, March 9 (9 games)
-Calgary (32-24-9) at Detroit (31-22-12), 7:30 p.m. ET. One of those magical four-point games. The Red Wings are eighth, the Flames ninth. Detroit can hurdle Nashville for seventh with a win. Calgary hurdles Detroit with a win.

-Vancouver (40-23-2) at Colorado (37-22-6), 9 p.m. The Canucks have won the last three games against the Avalanche, a big reason why Vancouver sits in first place in the Northwest.

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