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Saving grace

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

DALLAS -- Marty Turco bounced back from his poor start against Los Angeles in a big way.

The Stars netminder made 29 saves -- some difficult while others painful -- as Dallas beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 last night at American Airlines Center.

Turco was pulled in the first period after allowing three goals on seven shots Thursday in a 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings but showed no signs of weakness against the Flames while earning his 100th NHL victory.

"Turco was a good penalty killer tonight," Flames head coach Darryl Sutter said.

"We played well enough to win. Our penalty killing was great, our powerplay scored early. Both goals they scored were deflections."

"Turco's usually good. At the same time, our skill guys have to produce.

"It's very simple. It's not a team thing. We're playing well enough to win. Guys we expect to score have got to score."

Time after time, Turco robbed the charging Flames, who had the majority of good scoring chances until the third period.

His hard work was rewarded when forward Antti Miettinen set up the winning goal early in the final frame by beating Flames defenceman Bryan Marchment to the puck and feeding Philippe Boucher at the blueline.

Boucher's shot banked off Miettinen and Brenden Morrow in pinball fashion before beating Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff.

Turco was especially impressive in the second frame as his Stars were outshot 12-5 in a much more wide-open period.

After Kiprusoff denied a rushing Trevor Daley at one end, Shean Donovan and defenceman Andrew Ference had the scoring chance of the night during 4-on-4 action. Donovan made a great pass to Ference, who was denied by Turco with a rarely seen stacking of the pads across the crease.

The Flames got off to a hot start but settled for a draw in the opening period.

Tony Amonte took advantage of a brief 5-on-3 advantage and opened the scoring with his third of the year -- second on the powerplay -- with one tick remaining on Bill Guerin's holding penalty a couple of minutes into the game.

Roman Hamrlik drilled a shot from the blueline and Amonte got a piece of it to beat the Stars goaltender.

That goal was just the third time the Flames have managed to score in the first period all season.

Turco kept the Flames from adding a second powerplay marker a few minutes later when he reached back with his stick to scoop a deflected puck away as it touched the red paint.

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DALLAS STARS: 2

CALGARY FLAMES: 1


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