Dallas (20-19-0) at Vancouver (25-13-2)

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  • Game info: 10:00 pm EST Mon Jan 19, 2004
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The Dallas Stars finally scored some timely goals to rally for a victory in their last game. They can only hope that the win marks the end of their offensive slump.

The Stars look to win consecutive games for the first time in 2004 when they take on the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place.

Dallas trailed 2-1 going into the third period in Calgary on Saturday night, but Jere Lehtinen and Jason Arnott scored off rebounds in the final eight minutes to give the Stars the win.

The Stars, who haven’t scored more than three goals in a game since Dec. 27, outshot the Flames 10-5 in the final 20 minutes.

“When things aren’t going your way and you’re not scoring goals you can’t try to make fancy plays,” Arnott said. “You’ve just got to get pucks to the net. Get shots, and get rebounds.”

The Stars have alternated wins and losses in their last five games. On Monday, they’ll try to win back-to-back games for the first time since a four-game winning streak from Dec. 20-27.

“We’re scratching and clawing for points right now, and our guys know it,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said. “We played with that desperation in the third period.”

Dallas improved to 2-1 on its five-game road trip, and is 5-1-2 in its last eight away from home. Penalty killing has been a major factor in the strong road play, as the Stars have killed off 30 of 32 power plays in their last 11 contests away from home.

The Stars’ offense should get a boost from the return of captain Mike Modano, who played Saturday after missing six games with a groin injury and had an assist.

Dallas was without right wing Rob DiMaio, who missed his second straight game with an ankle injury he suffered Tuesday in San Jose.

The Canucks are winless in their last six home games (0-4-2), including a 2-1 defeat to Anaheim on Saturday. All six of those contests have followed road games.

The Canucks will be playing the second game of a five-game homestand Monday, marking the first time in more than a month they will play consecutive games in one city.

“A lot of us are tired,” captain Markus Naslund said. “I’ve said before the first game back is tough. Hopefully now we can get that feeling of having home-ice advantage. Right now, we’re not feeling that.”

The Canucks were outshot 27-17 by Anaheim and failed to score on three power-play chances. They are 2-for-27 with a manpower advantage in the last eight games.

Henrik Sedin, with 10 points in his last 10 games, scored Vancouver’s lone goal Saturday.

Dallas beat Vancouver twice on the road last season, winning the season series 3-1.

STANDINGS (through Jan. 17): Stars - 48 points, 2nd place, 7 PB, Pacific Division. Canucks - 59 points, 1st place (tied), Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Stars - Bill Guerin, 20 goals and 35 points; Sergei Zubov, 20 assists; Steve Ott, 87 PIM. Canucks - Naslund, 25 goals and 53 points; Todd Bertuzzi, 29 assists; Jarkko Ruutu, 84 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Jan. 17): Stars - Power play: 14.8 percent (28 for 189), 15th in NHL. Penalty killing: 86.0 percent (148 for 172), 8th. Canucks - Power play: 14.5 percent (32 for 221), 18th. Penalty killing: 87.2 percent (170 for 195), 3rd (tied).

GOALTENDERS: Stars - Marty Turco (19-16-8, 3 SO, 2.10 GAA); Ron Tugnutt (1-3-0, 2.57). Canucks - Dan Cloutier (18-12-3, 2, 2.16); Alex Auld (2-1-2, 2.10).

SEASON SERIES: Stars, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Dec. 17; Stars, 3-1. At Dallas, the Stars, who had managed just five goals in the previous seven games, scored three times in a game for the first time since Nov. 26.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Stars - 8-13-4-0 on the road; Canucks - 11-6-5-0 at home.

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