Vancouver carried a 1-0 lead into the third behind the goaltending of Auld, who finished with 34 saves, and a power-play goal from Brendan Morrison in the second.
“It was kind of a mucky game there for a couple of periods,” Stars center Stu Barnes said. “We worked hard but didn’t have a lot to show for it. Zubie had a great shot and we all fed off that. It got better and better after that.”
Arnott, who had one goal in his previous 17 games, put the Stars in front 1:25 later when he took possession behind the Vancouver net, skated into the slot and fired the puck past Auld for his 12th of the season.
“The puck hadn’t been going in lately,” Arnott said. “I had to stick with it and stay positive. I’m glad I finally got one in.”
The quick goals by Ott and Arnott demoralized the Canucks, who have lost four straight.
“I thought the effort was there until the time they tied it up,” Vancouver captain Markus Naslund said. “It’s difficult to take something positive out of anything right now the way we’re struggling.”
Modano added his 16th at 17:34 from beyond the right circle.
Marty Turco stopped 20 shots for the Stars, who had dropped three of four on home ice and five of eight overall.
“We got rewarded for the good things we’ve been doing,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said. “It was nice to see the team come together a little bit. The third period kind of wrapped it all up.”
It was another wasted effort by the Canucks, who’ve dropped eight of nine.
“It was 53 minutes of playing great hockey,” Canucks coach Marc Crawford said. “You have to find a way to push yourselves when adversity strikes. Sometimes you’ve got to push your body beyond what it wants to do.”
Morrison’s power-play shot from the left circle got through a screen and under Turco’s left arm at 8:31 of the second period for his eighth of the season to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead.
Auld was sharp in the first two periods, turning aside 22 shots—including a point-blank effort from Bill Guerin in the second.
Barnes was back in the lineup after missing three games due to a groin injury. … A total of 17,227 tickets were sold, but only half the seats were occupied. Many fans stayed home to watch the University of Texas in the Rose Bowl. Stars owner Tom Hicks, a major Longhorns booster, was in Pasadena, Calif., for the national championship game. … The teams considered starting the game at 5 p.m. to avoid a Rose Bowl conflict, but the idea was scratched because of TV considerations. … Vancouver D Ed Jovanovski remains out with a groin injury.