GAME: Dallas Stars (13-15-4-0) at Florida Panthers (10-15-7-1).
TIME: Friday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
Three goals hardly qualifies as a big offensive performance. It does for the
Dallas hopes to build on one of its best wins of the season when it opens a
three-game road trip against the struggling Florida Panthers.
Bill Guerin and Rob DiMaio scored third-period goals and Marty Turco turned
away 22 shots, leading Dallas to a 3-1 home victory over first-place Vancouver
Jason Arnott had a goal and an assist for the Stars, unbeaten in three
straight (2-0-1) following a five-game losing streak.
Generating offense has been the biggest problem for Dallas, which managed
just five goals in its previous seven games.
Before Wednesday's win, the Stars had tied an NHL record by going seven
straight games with no more than one goal. Only four other teams have done that
in the past 50 years.
"There are 23 guys in this locker room that are pretty embarrassed at the
way we've played," forward Brenden Morrow said. "We know we need to improve
and play better."
The struggles of Stars captain Mike Modano have mirrored those of his team.
Modano has no goals in 10 games and is a minus-17 this season -- one of the
worst marks in the league.
"I haven't had a stretch of hockey like this since I don't know when,"
Modano said. "It's just one of those years. You just have to keep working
through it and hopefully things change."
Things could get easier for the Stars now that defensemen Richard Matvichuk
and Teppo Numminen have returned to the lineup. Matvichuk missed the previous
four games with a swollen knee while Numminen sat out 12 games due to a broken
Valeri Bure and Stephen Weiss scored for the Panthers as they skated to a
2-2 tie against visiting Washington on Wednesday.
Florida, hoping to end a three-year playoff drought, has just one win in 10
"We're not going to make the playoffs with ties. We have to win games,"
Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo said. "We have to play with the desperation
level a little bit higher than we have been."
Panthers right wing Kristian Huselius returned to the lineup Wednesday after
he was a healthy scratch in Monday's 4-1 loss to Detroit. Huselius has one goal
in his last 27 games and no points in his past 12 contests.