The Flames moved into a tie for fifth place in the West with a 3-2 victory at Vancouver on Wednesday night. Coupled with Dallas’ 4-4 tie with the New York Islanders, Calgary pulled even with the Stars, who don’t play again until Saturday.
With 26 games left, Calgary is poised to end its seven-year playoff drought—the longest active streak in the NHL.
“We got a lot of games left, but I think we are in the best position we have been the last seven years,” said Turek, who earned just his fourth win in 10 starts since returning from a knee injury.
Turek had been booed regularly by Calgary fans since his return.
“I think that was one of my best performances so far,” Turek said.
Following Friday’s game, the Flames depart on a five-game road trip.
Anaheim remains in last place in the Pacific Division, but will also be trying for its third win in a row Friday. The Mighty Ducks defeated Phoenix 5-3 on Wednesday night behind the red-hot Vaclav Prospal.
The forward scored his 10th goal in 11 games for the winner and added three assists as the Ducks earned a victory in their first game after the All-Star break.
“Vinny Prospal’s really come to life. He’s making great plays and feeling really good about himself,” Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said.
Rookie Joffrey Lupul and Petr Sykora each had a goal and an assist, and Steve Rucchin had three assists for the Ducks. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 22 saves for only his second victory in his last 10 starts.
While the playoffs are a longshot for the Ducks, Wednesday’s victory pulled them within two points of Phoenix, the team directly ahead of them in the Pacific.
STANDINGS (through Feb. 11): Mighty Ducks - 51 points, 5th place, 17 PB, Pacific Division. Flames - 64 points, 3rd place, 10 PB, Northwest Division.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 11): Mighty Ducks - Power play: 17.8 percent (38 for 214), 9th in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.9 percent (198 for 236), 18th. Flames - Power play: 15.3 percent (38 for 248), 17th. Penalty killing: 84.4 percent (200 for 237), 15th.
SEASON SERIES: Flames, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: Feb. 1; Flames, 6-4. At Calgary, Alberta, Chris Clark had his first career two-goal game as the Flames held on for the victory.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mighty Ducks - 6-16-2-4 on the road; Flames - 15-11-4-1 at home.