Turco, Stars Blank Ducks 4-0

Visitors grab early lead in first-round playoff series
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2008 1:04 AM CDT
Dallas Stars' Brenden Morrow, center, celebrates his goal against the Anaheim Ducks' with Matt Niskanen, left, and Mike Ribeiro during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey opening-round playoff...   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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(Newser) – Marty Turco put on an acrobatic show in goal and the Dallas Stars' power play provided more than enough offense to put the defending Stanley Cup champions in an early playoff hole. Turco earned his fourth career postseason shutout and Dallas defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-0 in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Thursday night.

Game 2 is Saturday night in Anaheim. Turco made 23 saves, Steve Ott and Loui Eriksson had first-period power-play goals, and Jere Lehtinen and Brendan Morrow added power-play scores in the second for the Stars, who have been eliminated in the opening round for each of the past three years. Morrow also had two assists, as did Mike Ribeiro.