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8:48 PM ET, 4/22/06

It Was Ugly, But Don't Blame Turco

Posted by Allan Muir
The big question surrounding the Dallas Stars entering the playoffs was whether Marty Turco was ready to translate his regular-season heroics into postseason glory. Good thing he'll have another chance to answer that question after today's loss.

Turco coughed up five at home Saturday to the Avs -- hardly the performance he was hoping to bring, but not exactly the sort of meltdown that can be laid at his feet, either.

The Stars, almost to a man, were abysmal this afternoon; deer in the headlights bad. All five Colorado goals were uncontested shots scored from dead center in the slot. At the top of his game, Turco might have snared one of them. That puts this loss falls directly on the shoulders of his 'mates, who were outmuscled, outhustled and outsmarted for probably 55 of the game's 60 minutes.

Captain Mike Modano in particular needs to take a long, hard look at himself when he gets home. His stat line for the contest: five giveaways, 8-for-22 on the draw, two shots (both taken late when the game was out of hand) and a minus-one. Somehow he managed to do that even after the Avs moved the Joe Sakic and Rob Blake away from Modano's unit early on so they could check the more effective Jason Arnott line.

Full marks to the Avs. They came in with a plan and executed it well, stealing home ice advantage in the process.

Dallas was never in this one. Turco will have to be better if the Stars want to even up the series Monday night, but not as much as his 19 teammates.

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