Nieuwendyk wants to see more desperation

DALLAS -- Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk is frustrated his team hasn't seized the opportunity since returning to the ice after the two-week Olympic break. He watched Thursday as the Stars fell 6-1 to St. Louis, losing their second straight home game and falling to 11th in the Western Conference.

On Thursday, goalie Marty Turco allowed four goals in 11 shots, including two 17 seconds apart in the first period, and was pulled 1:50 into the second period. Turco has allowed nine goals in 33 shots in the last two games.

"It's desperation time and we need to play like it," Nieuwendyk said. "I don't think Marty Turco's focus is what it needs to be, but he's not the only one. There are some guys on this team that haven't figured out we're back to playing again."

Nieuwendyk hopes that a three-game road trip might be well-timed to help get the team focused again and free of distractions.

"In some ways, going on the road is good," Nieuwendyk said. "We are playing three teams that can embarrass you in a hurry. We've had two tough losses, but we're still two points out of the playoffs. We have to play better."