Series (Game 1 of 4)

Dallas leads 3-1

Game 1: Wednesday, December 17th
Game 2: Monday, January 19th
Game 3: Thursday, March 18th
Game 4: Saturday, March 27th

Canucks 1

(17-8-2, 41 pts)

Stars 3

(13-15-0, 30 pts)

8:30 PM ET, December 17, 2003

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

1 2 3 T
VAN 0 1 01
DAL 1 0 23

B. Guerin (Stars - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

R. DiMaio (Stars - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Turco (Stars - G): Saves: 22, Save Pct.: .957

Vancouver (17-7-5-2) at Dallas (12-15-4-0) 8:30 pm EST

DALLAS (Ticker) -- The Dallas Stars hope they can break out of an awful scoring slump Wednesday night as they face the Vancouver Canucks.

Dallas has scored just 62 goals, which is third-fewest in the Western Conference ahead of only Chicago and Columbus. The Stars are 1-5-1 in their last seven games, scoring just five goals during that span.

Dallas picked up three points in its home-and-home series with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Stars got a late goal from Bill Guerin in Friday's 1-0 home win and a shorthanded tally from defenseman Sergei Zubov in the second period of Sunday's 1-1 tie at the United Center.

Vancouver is unbeaten in its last five games (3-0-2) and has gone to overtime in each game. On Tuesday, the Canucks posted a 2-1 victory at Nashville as Brendan Morrison scored just 79 seconds into the extra session.

Canucks goaltender Dan Cloutier made his return from a four-game absence due to a groin injury and stopped 29 shots. He is 3-6-0 in 11 career games vs. the Stars.