Vancouver (17-7-2) at Dallas (12-15-0)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Wed Dec 17, 2003
  • TV: CTV, KDFI
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Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett is getting tired of waiting for his team to find its offense.

“We need scoring,” a frustrated Tippett said. “We can say, “Oh let’s just hang in there, it will come.’ But you know what? Confidence is earned. Someone’s got to take responsibility and bury one of those chances.”

The Stars will try to break out of their worst offensive funk of the season when they host the streaking Vancouver Canucks.

Dallas has won just one of its last seven games (1-5-1), managing just five goals during that stretch.

On Sunday, defenseman Sergei Zubov accounted for all of Dallas’ offense with a short-handed goal in the second period as the Stars settled for a 1-1 tie with the hapless Chicago Blackhawks.

Dallas had a pair of golden opportunities to take the lead late, but Bill Guerin missed on a short-handed, 2-on-1 break and Jason Arnott hit the crossbar on a point-blank shot.

The Stars are averaging just 2.03 goals per contest—fourth-worst in the NHL. Dallas is also just 2-for-36 on the power play over the last seven games.

“It’s not good enough right now,” Guerin said. “If we have six power plays, we should score twice. The power play is something that you have guidelines for and then talent and creativity has to take over.”

The Canucks extended their unbeaten streak to five (3-0-2) with Tuesday’s 2-1 overtime win in Nashville. Brendan Morrison scored 1:19 into the extra session and Dan Cloutier, back in net for the first time since injuring his groin on Dec. 9, made 29 saves for Vancouver.

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