The Stars had only seven goals in 121 shots over their previous
three games, but they scored three times on 13 shots in the first
period and went on to improve to 4-1-1 at home.
"It's a lot easier playing with the lead,'' Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "When you're behind, sometimes there's a frenzy at the net. Tonight, we made some smart passes and took advantage of our chances.''
Marty Turco stopped 26 shots for his second shutout of the
season and seventh of his career in helping the Stars improve to
4-2-2 in their last eight. Ulf Dahlen added a first-period power-play for Dallas.
"Once in a while you let it creep into your mind, but you have to remind yourself to refocus,'' Turco said of the shutout. "Shutouts are great, but the win is the most important thing.''
Morrow and Modano picked up shorthanded goals and the Stars
killed off all six power plays.
Modano has eight goals and 10 assists in 14 games, and he
credits his fast start to the league crackdown on obstruction.
"In the past there was always a lot of clutching and grabbing, but this year it seems like there's a lot more open ice,'' Modano said. "This has been a fun ride. It's exciting to be off to this kind of start.''
Modano gave the Stars a 1-0 lead with an outstanding individual play 1:15 after the opening faceoff. Modano stole the puck from Vancouver defenseman Brent Sopel, skated in alone and flicked the rebound of his own shot past Dan Cloutier.
Morrow made it 2-0 at 5:05 of the first after he was awarded a penalty shot when he was hauled down by Ed Jovanovski on a breakaway while the Stars were killing a penalty. Morrow fired a 20-foot wrist shot through Cloutier's pads for his fifth goal, third shorthanded.
"I just wanted to hit the net,'' said Morrow of his first
career penalty shot. "I made up my mind what I was going to do at
the top of the circle.''
Dahlen extended the lead to 3-0 at 10:39, collecting Bill
Guerin's pass off the end boards and beating Cloutier from close
range for Dahlen's seventh of the season.
Modano made it 4-0 while the Stars were shorthanded, working a
two-on-one with Bill Guerin at 19:15 of the second period.
Vancouver had been unbeaten (4-0-2) in its first six road games.
"We were guilty of huge mistakes, which is uncharacteristic of our club,'' Canucks coach Marc Crawford said. "They had great chances -- two-on-zero, two-on-one, a penalty shot. That was about effort and preparation.''
Crawford replaced Cloutier with Peter Skudra to start the
third period. ... The Stars honored Dallas Cowboys running back
Emmitt Smith before the game. Smith, who became the NFL's all-time
rushing leader on Oct. 27, received a personalized No. 22 Stars
jersey from team owner Tom Hicks. Smith, who received a 2-minute
standing ovation when he was introduced to the sellout crowd,
dropped the puck for the ceremonial faceoff. ... Dallas defenseman
Sami Helenius played his first game of the season. Helenius was
either a healthy scratch or on a minor league conditioning
assignment for the first 13 games. ... Morrow had the second
successful penalty shot in the league this season, and the first
for the Stars since Joe Nieuwendyk against Detroit on Feb. 18.
Dallas has converted only six of 30 in franchise history.
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Arena: American Airlines Center Location: Dallas, Texas
Referees: Paul Devorski, Mike Hasenfratz Linesmen: Greg Devorski, Andy McElman