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Posted By Travis Currie On Feb 12 2011 @ 12:11 am In Dallas Stars | No Comments

No offense Marty, I love ya but we desperately needed that.

Marty Turco made his return to the AAC Friday night facing a Stars team on a huge skid. Suddenly the bottom half of the conference isn’t all that far away.

After ripping it up in January winning their first eight games, the Stars have managed one win in the last seven. That win was at home vs Edmonton on January 26th. The Stars went on a four game slide losing to the Canucks, Bruins, Flyers, and an OT game vs the Coyotes on Wednesday. Pretty tough schedule if you look at their opponents but if you’re going to be taken seriously, these are teams you have to beat at least half of the time.

The Chicago Blackhawks themselves have been struggling lately in an up and down season and just came off a much needed 4-1 win in Edmonton. Tonight they learned that the D in Big D not only stands for Dallas, but also Don’t Get Comfortable. The Hawks held a commanding 3-0 lead after the first with goals by Kane, Seabrook, and Sharp, and it looked like another loss for the free-falling Stars.

Cue the comeback.

It took all-guts-no-glory Stephane Robidas to get the ball rolling on a wrap-around at 15:59 of the second and Brad Richards followed it up with a slapper and his 23rd of the season with just five seconds left in the frame. Then just 47 seconds into the third, Captain Clutch Brenden Morrow continued his comeback season and knocked in his 24th in true fashion: willing the puck in from the front of the net.

Morow also faced his old buddy in the shootout and was first to do so. He beat Turco five hole to put the Stars up. Jonathan Toews deked the pants off of Kari Lehtonen to tie it. Brad Richards put the Stars back on top and Patrick Sharp was stopped by Lehtonen to set up the potential winner and Mike Riberio did not disappoint. He dazzled everyone including Marty Turco, sliding in sideways on the backhand, then flipping it to his forehand while still sliding in sideways putting it up overtop as Turco went down. The goal clinched it to give the Stars their first win since that January 26th game vs Edmonton and what will hopefully be the start of a hot streak to regain that nice separation they held just a couple weeks ago.

And you guys thought we could never count on Marty Turco for a huge Stars win.

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