GAME: Dallas Stars (20-19-8-0) at Vancouver Canucks (25-13-7-2).
TIME: Monday, 10 p.m. EST.
The Dallas Stars finally scored some timely goals to rally for a victory in
their last game. They can only hope that the win marks the end of their
The Stars look to win consecutive games for the first time in 2004 when they
take on the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place.
Dallas trailed 2-1 going into the third period in Calgary on Saturday night,
but Jere Lehtinen and Jason Arnott scored off rebounds in the final eight
minutes to give the Stars the win.
The Stars, who haven't scored more than three goals in a game since Dec. 27,
outshot the Flames 10-5 in the final 20 minutes.
"When things aren't going your way and you're not scoring goals you can't
try to make fancy plays," Arnott said. "You've just got to get pucks to the
net. Get shots, and get rebounds."
The Stars have alternated wins and losses in their last five games. On
Monday, they'll try to win back-to-back games for the first time since a
four-game winning streak from Dec. 20-27.
"We're scratching and clawing for points right now, and our guys know it,"
Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "We played with that desperation in the third
Dallas improved to 2-1 on its five-game road trip, and is 5-1-2 in its last
eight away from home. Penalty killing has been a major factor in the strong
road play, as the Stars have killed off 30 of 32 power plays in their last 11
contests away from home.
The Stars' offense should get a boost from the return of captain Mike
Modano, who played Saturday after missing six games with a groin injury and had
Dallas was without right wing Rob DiMaio, who missed his second straight
game with an ankle injury he suffered Tuesday in San Jose.
The Canucks are winless in their last six home games (0-4-2), including a
2-1 defeat to Anaheim on Saturday. All six of those contests have followed road
The Canucks will be playing the second game of a five-game homestand Monday,
marking the first time in more than a month they will play consecutive games in
"A lot of us are tired," captain Markus Naslund said. "I've said before
the first game back is tough. Hopefully now we can get that feeling of having
home-ice advantage. Right now, we're not feeling that."
The Canucks were outshot 27-17 by Anaheim and failed to score on three
power-play chances. They are 2-for-27 with a manpower advantage in the last
Henrik Sedin, with 10 points in his last 10 games, scored Vancouver's lone
Dallas beat Vancouver twice on the road last season, winning the season