DALLAS (TICKER) —With or without Marty Turco, the Dallas Stars refuse to fold when down after two periods.
Scott Young scored with 4:10 remaining in the third period to lift Dallas into a 1-1 tie with the Calgary Flames, giving the Stars a point in five of their last seven games when trailing after 40 minutes.
Mike Modano, who has 13 points in his last nine contests, bounced a pass from the right boards to Young, whose one-timer from the top of the slot dipped between Turek’s pads at 15:50 for his first goal in eight games after netting four in a six-game span.
“We just tried to get guys in front of the net and get some traffic on him,” Young said. “Nothing clean was going to beat him tonight.”
“The puck was rolling in the air and I just lost it,” Turek said. “I was getting ready for it to hit me and it didn’t.”
With the tie, Dallas moved to 6-7-4-1 when trailing entering the third period.
“I think we’ve been winning ugly games and those are the ones that you have to win in the playoffs,” Stars captain Derian Hatcher said. “There aren’t that many pretty wins in the playoffs. Obviously, we were out for two points, but we felt good with our effort tonight.”
“We found a way to tie it but not a way to win it,” Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. “We pushed pretty hard in the third, but Turek played really well.”
Turek turned aside 38 shots - 15 in the second - to bring his record to 5-2-5 against the team that drafted him in 1990.
“If you play against an old team, it’s more motivating for you and the feeling is different. That’s how it is with me,” Turek said. “They had a lot of shots and for two periods, I saw them all. But then in the third, they had a lot of guys in front and it was harder finding the puck.”
“It’s disappointing not getting the win, but sometimes a goalie steals a game,” Young said. “It’s not a game that we’ll beat ourselves over.”
Starting his fourth consecutive game for the injured Turco, Ron Tugnutt made 26 saves for Dallas, which has lost just once in its last 10 games.
With Dallas defenseman Darryl Sydor serving a hooking penalty, Saprykin gathered a loose puck in the right faceoff circle and wristed a shot that beat Tugnutt between the pads at 4:29 of the first to give the Flames the lead.
The Stars nearly pulled out a victory in overtime, but Jere Lehtinen’s slap shot from the high slot hit the right goalpost after sneaking between Turek’s pads to keep the game even.
The Stars failed to convert on six power-play chances, extending their goalless drought with the man advantage to 29 opportunities.
Dallas had a scary moment midway through the second period when Modano was checked from behind by Calgary defenseman Bob Boughner, who received a five-minute major and game misconduct for the hit and was drawn into a fight by Bill Guerin.
“(Modano) was turned to the side and I just followed through,” Boughner said. “Maybe he was in a vulnerable position, but I thought it should have been a two-minute penalty. … Sometimes you get special attention and it was against a guy like Modano. If it would have happened to me, it probably whould have been different.”
“I didn’t know if it was a distinct hit from behind because Boughner’s a pretty clean guy,” Guerin said.