DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Stars knew how to protect a three-goal lead, this time.
Jason Arnott and Bill Guerin each had a goal and two assists,
and the Stars stretched their franchise record, home-unbeaten
streak to 16 games with a 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on
The Stars bounced back from Tuesday's 3-3 tie with San Jose when
Dallas allowed three goals in the final 6:03 to squander an
opportunity to pull within a point of the first-place Sharks in the
Dallas had given up the tying goal in the final minute of four
games earlier this season, but the Stars were in control down the
stretch against Vancouver.
"We played more of a sound game," Guerin said. "The other
night we were pretty fortunate to get a tie. Tonight we didn't want
to leave anything to chance."
Marty Turco made 20 saves for his 20th career shutout and
Philippe Boucher added a goal for the Stars in a potential
first-round playoff preview. Vancouver is fourth in the Western
Conference, one point ahead of fifth-place Dallas.
"It's still a little early yet, but there's a strong
possibility we'll be playing each other again in the playoffs,"
said Vancouver goaltender Dan Cloutier, who was pulled after two
periods because of a lower body injury. "We wanted to come in
here, get a win and pick up two points, but we didn't play well
enough to do that."
Dallas has eight games left, five on the road, including a
contest at Vancouver on March 27. The Canucks have eight remaining,
three on the road.
The Stars have won all three meetings with the Canucks this
season and are 6-1 against Vancouver the last two seasons.
"Our focus first and foremost is how we play," Stars coach
Dave Tippett said. "If we play like we're capable of playing, the
numbers will take care of themselves."
Dallas continued the longest home unbeaten streak in the league
(12-0-4) since the Detroit Red Wings put together a 19-game run
from Dec. 31, 2000, to April 7, 2001. The Stars' last home loss was
Jan. 10 against Colorado.
The Canucks had no answers for the line of Arnott, Guerin and
"They have so much skill and they're so big and strong, that
was the difference in the game," Vancouver captain Markus Naslund
said. "Their line was a big part of everything tonight. They're
definitely tough to defend against."
Boucher got the only first-period goal, scoring from low in the
right circle off a setup by Arnott at 12:23.
Arnott made it 2-0 from the slot at 2:43 of the second period,
"I've been pretty fortunate," said Arnott, who has 17 goals at
home. "The net's been finding me a little bit."
Guerin knocked in the rebound of his own shot for his 32nd goal
after a pass from Arnott as the Stars extended their advantage to
3-0 at 12:49 of the second period.
"It started out pretty well, but we didn't react well when they
got their first goal," Canucks coach Marc Crawford said. "From
that point on, we gave them so much life and they took over the
next 25 minutes."
Johan Hedberg was in goal for the final 20 minutes after
Cloutier stopped 14 of 17 shots over the first two periods.
The Canucks would not be more specific about the injury to
Cloutier, who will not start Friday at Chicago.
"It's not a severe injury, but it's enough to keep him out of
the lineup," Crawford said.
Turco, an Ontario native, is 17-3-1 for his career against
Canadian teams. ... Boucher set a career high with his eighth goal.
... Arnott has six straight seasons of at least 20 goals. ... The
Canucks are 1-3-1 with seven goals since the season-ending
suspension of RW Todd Bertuzzi. ... Vancouver is 1-for-30 on the
power play in its last eight games.
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Arena: American Airlines Center Location: Dallas, Texas
Referees: Don Koharski, Chris Rooney Linesmen: Mark Pare
Attendance: 18,287 (98.7% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Philippe Boucher (8)
Assists: Jason Arnott, Bill Guerin
Jason Arnott (20)
Assists: Bill Guerin, Valeri Bure