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Carey, Blues Fall To Stars

Ed Belfour is the Dallas Stars' No. 1 goalie, and Roman Turek is 1-A.

Turek made 31 saves and shook off a poor play that let in a late St. Louis goal as the Stars beat the Blues 4-3 on Sunday.

Turek improved his record to 12-2-2 amid speculation that he'll be selected when the expansion Atlanta Thrashers stock their roster this summer.

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  • "I'm not even thinking about that right now," said Turek, a native of the Czech Republic. "Any player wants to play more, but this is my job and that's why I'm here."

    Chris McAlpine's 50-footer got through Turek with 2:48 left to reduce Dallas' lead to 4-3, but Turek preserved the victory by surviving a late St. Louis flurry to help the Stars improve to 10-1-2 in their last 13 games.

    "It was a bad goal," said Turek of McAlpine's first of the season. "But I've seen worse in the NHL. We won and that's what's important. Everybody makes mistakes."

    Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said Turek also will play in significant games down the stretch to keep both goaltenders sharp for the playoffs.

    "He's a backup in name only," Hitchcock said. "He has all the qualities he needs to be a No. 1. That's a nice luxury for us to have. Eddie (Belfour) is going to start the first playoff game, but we want to play Roman and have him ready."

    Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen scored in the first period, and Jamie Langenbrunner and Pat Verbeek added goals against Jim Carey in Carey's first start for the Blues.

    Carey, signed by the Blues as a free agent on March 1, was seeking his first NHL victory since he played for the Boston Bruins and beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Oct. 21, 1997.

    Coach Joel Quenneville threw Carey into the fire against the team with the league's best record.

    Jim Carey couldn't come up with the win in his debut as a Blue.>
    Jim Carey couldn't come up with the win in his debut as a Blue. (AP)

    "It's a good way to start, against the No. 1 team," Carey said. "You might as well face the best right off the bat. I wasn't nervous but I wasn't as aggressive as I need to be. That'll come the more I play."

    The Blues had their club-record six-game road winning streak snapped despite outshooting the Stars 34-22.

    Al MacInnis and Pierre Turgeon also scored for the Blues, who had won three of their previous four.

    Dallas got off to a fast start as Lehtinen scored his 18th from the slot at 2:38 and Modano added his 26th on power-play blast from the right circle at 18:31. Modano's goal broke the Stars' 0-for-30 power-play drought.

    St. Louis capitalized on a two-man advantage near the end of the first period to trim the deficit to 2-1 on MacInnis's 18th goal at 18:31.

    Second-period goals by Langenbrunner and Verbeek stretched Dallas' lead to 4-1.

    Langenbrunner notched his 11th on a goal-mouth feed from Tony Hrkac at 3:06, and Verbeek scored his 15th from the slot at 16:41.

    Turgeon's 24th goal with 14:21 left reduced Dallas' lead to 4-2.

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