Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco, who led the Stars to four victories, three by shootout, with a 1.65 goals against average and .933 save percentage, is the League's Defensive Player of the Week.
Turco, who will represent Canada at the Turin Games, began the week by making 17 saves as the Stars defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 on Jan. 23. He went on to post three consecutive shootout victories, against the St. Louis Blues (4-3, Jan. 25), Colorado Avalanche (3-2, Jan. 26) and Detroit Red Wings (2-1, Jan. 28), stopping six of nine shootout attempts. Turco has won each of his six shootout decisions this season; the Stars are 8-0 overall.
Appearing in 43 of Dallas' 51 games this season, Turco has posted a 26-13-2 record, a 2.52 goals-against average and .898 save percentage. The Stars (34-15-2, 70 points) lead the Pacific Division and are fourth in the overall NHL standings. They host San Jose tonight and Nashville Wednesday before playing at St. Louis Saturday (2 p.m., ET, NBC).
Goaltenders Ilya Bryzgalov of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, one shutout) and Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers (2-0-0, 1.60 GAA, one shutout in three games) were runners-up for the defensive award.
Congrats! Hope he can keep this up as he's been fairly inconsistent this season..