Marty Turco is back.
Turco, last season’s regular-season leader in goals-against average and save percentage, has rebounded from a slow start to win five of his last six starts, stopping 106 of 112 shots in that span (.946 save percentage).
The 28-year-old goaltender stopped 21 shots in Dallas’ 2-0 win over New Jersey on Friday, snapping the defending Stanley Cup champions’ 13-game unbeaten streak.
“That’s the Marty we’d like to see,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said. “He was confident in an intense, big game.”
Turco said he sees his team coming around following a lackluster start which saw it go 7-9-3 through the first 19 days of November.
“We’re playing more like a team, with better structure and passion,” Turco said. “We’ve got to get that ingrained into our mentality. The last week or so we’ve been doing that.”
While Turco is regaining his elite form, Bill Guerin has been the Stars’ most reliable offensive player.
In his 13th season, Guerin, who has a team-high 15 goals, has four goals and four assists during a six-game point streak, one shy of his career high.
Not all the news is good for the Stars. Defenseman Philippe Boucher had surgery Saturday to repair his left eye socket, which was broken when he was hit by a puck with 2:37 left against New Jersey.
The Stars said Boucher is out indefinitely. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
During the surgery at Baylor Medical Center, doctors placed five plates and screws around Boucher’s left orbital bone to help it heal. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Despite a rash of key injuries, the Kings are near the top of the Pacific Division.
The Kings, who have split their last six games, played their second game without leading scorer Ziggy Palffy, who was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a facial injury.
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