In Saturday’s game at the Gaylord Entertainment Center, Dallas’ Rob DiMaio scored the tying goal in the second period and Stars goalie Marty Turco made 25 saves in a 1-1 tie—the first-ever between the teams
“I thought Marty was excellent,” Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. “He challenged people. He came up with the big saves. This is a real positive step for Marty.”
Turco, a Vezina Trophy finalist last season, had been struggling with a .891 save-percentage in his first nine games of the season.
He has started every game this season, but backup Ron Tugnutt may get the starting nod for the first time in this game.
“My focus for the whole year is to forget about everything else and just stop the puck,” Tugnutt said. “Whatever they need from me, whatever they want me to do, I’m going to do it and not worry about it.”
Turco’s counterpart in goal, Nashville’s Tomas Vokoun, also had a strong game, stopping 27 shots. His strong play supported a strong defensive effort from the Predators, who will be trying to win their first road game of the season on Sunday.
“This was a defensive-style hockey game and we played a solid game,” said Nashville coach Barry Trotz, which he said may give the Predators some momentum into Sunday’s rematch. “If they had beaten us badly here, it would feel a little different going there.”
Nashville’s Greg Johnson scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season in the contest, giving him three goals in his last two games.