Vancouver (35-24-6) at Dallas (42-19-3)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Mon Mar 13, 2006
  • TV: NBCS
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The Dallas Stars look for a home-and-home sweep of the Vancouver Canucks when the teams meet at the American Airlines Center.

The Stars on Saturday won their league-leading ninth game when trailing after two periods. Mike Modano scored twice, including the decisive goal with 4:38 to play in a 2-1 win over Vancouver.

“It’s our ability to stay with the game plan and not really veer off too much,” Modano said. “If we’re behind, we don’t start trying low percentage plays, we stick with it and keep the puck going forward and hopefully we’ll get a break.”

The future Hall of Famer has four goals—including two game-winners—in six games after the Olympic break.

Jere Lehtinen added two assists and Marty Turco made just 18 saves for the Stars, who won for the fourth time in five games.

Turco has made it look easy while winning his last four home starts against the Canucks, recording a 0.50 goals-against average, .977 save percentage and two shutouts.

Dallas has the largest lead of the league’s first-place teams with a 10-point edge over San Jose in the Pacific Division. The Stars, however, trail Western Conference-leading Detroit by six points.

Both teams have 18 games remaining but will not face each other.

Vancouver has managed just four goals during its current three-game losing streak. Part of the reason for the Canucks’ recent slide has been their inability to score on the power play.

Vancouver was scoreless in five chances with the man advantage against Dallas, and is 0-for-13 during the skid.

“Our power play didn’t come through,” said Brendan Morrison. “It’s a bunch of little things but they’re adding up to big points we’re losing out on. To win games you’ve got to score goals, and we just aren’t doing that.”

The Canucks also have allowed a power-play goal in six straight games and 16 of their last 17.

Leading scorer Markus Naslund has been held off the scoresheet in a season-high three straight games, and has just two assists in his last six games against the Stars dating back to January 19, 2004.

Vancouver is in seventh place in the West, one point behind Los Angeles and three in back of defending conference champion Calgary.

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