DALLAS (AP) -- The way Dallas' offense has been struggling, the
Stars' 3-1 victory Wednesday over Vancouver was a breakthrough.
Bill Guerin scored the tiebreaking goal with 10:09 remaining,
and Jason Arnott and Rob DiMaio also had goals for Dallas, which
managed only five goals in its previous seven games.
"We made a lot of things go our way with solid play," Guerin
said. "The attitude has really changed in the last week. We're
more positive and focused on the positives. It's been a long time
since we had a two-goal cushion and it felt really good."
Dallas hadn't scored as many as three goals since a 3-1 victory
at Minnesota on Nov. 26.
Arnott gave the Stars a rare early lead, scoring his eighth goal
4:23 after the opening faceoff when he beat goalie Dan Cloutier on
Dallas, 2-0-1 in its last three games, hadn't had a first-period
goal in its previous 10 games.
Overall, the Stars are 2-5-1 in their last eight as they've
tumbled into last place in the Pacific Division.
"We're trying to get the players to feel positive about
themselves," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "We've had our
struggles. This is a step in the right direction."
Guerin made it 2-1, scoring his 17th goal of the season from low
in the right circle off a pass from Pierre Turgeon.
DiMaio extended the lead to 3-1 with 6:52 left when his shot
from the left circle glanced off the skate of Vancouver defenseman
Brent Sopel and past Cloutier.
Marty Turco made 22 saves for the Stars, and Cloutier stopped 25
Markus Naslund had a second-period goal for the Canucks, who had
played five consecutive overtime games, including a 2-1 victory in
Nashville on Tuesday night.
Vancouver had its five-game unbeaten streak snapped (3-0-2).
The Canucks, playing their third game in four nights, have also
been in a goal-scoring drought. Vancouver has two goals or less in
six of its last seven games.
The Stars had been off since Sunday night and were the stronger
team at the end, outshooting the Canucks 7-3 in the final 20
"We were playing a fresh team," Vancouver coach Marc Crawford
said. "You have to expect they'd be stronger in the third period.
But I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.
"They had some lucky bounces. One goal came on a deflection,
another one went in off one of our skates. Anyone with any
education could see we did some good things tonight. I'm not
The Canucks tied it at 7:38 of the second period when Naslund
skated up the slot and converted Brendan Morrison's centering pass.
Naslund's 17th goal made it 1-1.
D Richard Matvichuk and Teppo Numminen were back in the
lineup for Dallas. Matvichuk missed the previous four games due to
a swollen knee. Numminen was out for 12 games due to a broken foot.
... Rookie G Jason Bacashihua was Turco's backup. Bacashihua was
active for his first NHL game, filling in for Dallas' usual backup
goalie, Ron Tugnutt, out with a sprained knee. ... C Henrik Sedin
was a healthy scratch for Vancouver. Crawford said Sedin needed a
few days off.
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Arena: American Airlines Center Location: Dallas, Texas
Referees: Mike Leggo, Dan Marouelli Linesmen: Brad Lazarowich, Brian Mach
Attendance: 18,051 (97.4% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Jason Arnott (8)
Assist: Bill Guerin
Markus Naslund (15)
Assists: Brendan Morrison, Todd Bertuzzi
Bill Guerin (16)
Assists: Pierre Turgeon, Jason Arnott