Terrific Turco denies Caps to see Stars to victory

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dallas netminder Marty Turco turned back 49 shots and Loui Eriksson scored the winner in the shootout as the Stars beat Washington 4-3 on Monday, ending the Capitals' 13-game home winning streak.

Turco's career-high saves total included three in overtime and he limited the NHL-leading Capitals to one goal in the shootout. Eriksson's winner came in the fifth round.

"It's not going to be every night that your goalie's going to wear a mask and steal a game for you," Dallas coach Marc Crawford told reporters. "We needed a great goaltending performance tonight and Marty was absolutely terrific."

Tom Poti gave Washington (44-13-9) an early lead in the first period and Alex Ovechkin doubled the advantage in the second.

Dallas (29-24-12) stormed back in the third to take a 3-2 lead on goals from Brad Richards, Trevor Daley and James Neal, before Ovechkin scored his second of the game to force overtime.

Nicklas Backstrom, who has not recorded a regulation goal for Washington in six games, beat Turco for his team's only shootout score but Brad Richards quickly responded for the Stars.

Ovechkin had gone a season-high six games without a goal but broke out of his slump to tie Sidney Crosby for the league lead on 44 goals.

"He was frustrated the last few games. I told him this morning, 'You've got to work harder,'" Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said of his All-Star wing.

"You saw it in the first two or three shifts in the game... he was trying to hit guys. When he has his energy, well, he is what he is: the best player in the world."

The Capitals were riding a three-game winning streak coming out of the Olympic break while the Stars broke a three-game losing streak to stay in the Western Conference playoff mix. Dallas sit four points adrift of the eighth and final spot.

(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)