GAME: Montreal Canadiens (17-15-4-2) at Dallas Stars (17-16-5-0).
TIME: Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. EST.
With captain Mike Modano picking up his game, the Dallas Stars are doing the
Modano looks to help the Stars extend their season-high, five-game unbeaten
streak when they host the Montreal Canadiens.
Dallas began December mired in its first five-game losing streak since the
1995-96 season, but has lost only once in the last nine games (6-1-2).
Pierre Turgeon scored a power-play goal 3:18 into the third period and Marty
Turco stopped 26 shots as the Stars rallied for a 2-2 tie against visiting
Philadelphia on Monday.
"A month ago, maybe even a couple of weeks ago, I don't know if we'd come
back from two goals down," Turgeon said. "This gives us confidence."
Modano assisted on Sergei Zubov's power-play goal in the second period,
giving him two goals and seven points during Dallas' current 4-0-1 run. The
Stars captain had just one point in his previous 10 games and his team was
3-6-1 during that span.
Special teams have also keyed Dallas' resurgence.
The Stars held the Flyers scoreless on two power plays Monday, extending
their streak of consecutive penalty kills to 40 over 10 games. Dallas' power
play was 2-for-5 against Philadelphia and is 5-for-20 the past five games.
Getting left wing Jere Lehtinen and center Jason Arnott back in the lineup
Monday also gave the Stars a lift. Lehtinen had missed two games with the flu
while Arnott returned from a one-game absence due to a sore ankle.
Andrei Markov and Pierre Dagenais scored first-period goals and Jose
Theodore made 13 of his 26 saves in the third period Monday, leading Montreal
to a 2-1 victory at Atlanta.
Theodore has been very sharp lately, holding the opponent to two goals or
fewer 11 times in 13 games.
"Jose made huge saves," Canadiens defenseman Sheldon Souray said. "He
does it time and time again. He's a rock back there."
Theodore appears to have rebounded from a disappointing 2002-03. His 2.23
goals-against average and .922 save percentages this season are far better than
last season's marks of 2.90 and .908.
The Canadiens, 7-4-2-1 in December, haven't won consecutive games since Oct.