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Sunday, December 19, 1999
Stars 4, CANUCKS 2
Stars shine in Vancouver
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Kirk Muller, playing his first game of the season, scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period as the Dallas Stars beat Vancouver 4-2 on Saturday night.
Mike Modano had two goals and two assists, including an empty-net goal with 40 seconds left, help the Stars improve to 8-2-1 in their last 11 games. Darryl Sydor added a goal and assist, and Brett Hull had two assists.
Dallas goalie Ed Belfour stopped 20 shots, including a brilliant game-saving stop with 2:05 left. With Vancouver's Matt Cooke alone in front, Belfour dove to his right and stacked his pads to turn away the rising shot.
Adrian Aucoin and Alexander Mogilny scored for Vancouver, 0-6-1 in its last seven games and 1-9-3 in its last 13. The Canucks have gone 12 games without scoring three or more goals in regulation.
Muller, who signed a $190,000 deal through the end of the season on Wednesday, began earning his keep for a Stars team that was missing three regulars, including captain Derian Hatcher (lacerated calf) and Joe Nieuwendyk (bruised ribs).
Playing on the top power-play unit, Muller scored when he backhanded a shot that bounced in off Vancouver defenseman Zenith Komarniski's skate. Hull set up the goal when he dug the puck out from behind the net and fed Muller.
Muller, in his 16th NHL season, went unsigned after playing out his contract with the Florida Panthers last season.
After Aucoin, with his second goal in two games since missing four games because of a groin strain, opened the scoring with 2:20 left in the first period, the two teams traded power-play goals.
Sydor, ending a 17-game goal-less drought, tied it 5:26 into the second period. Mogilny countered three minutes later by rifling a shot in from the right circle. The power-play goal was Vancouver's first in its last 24 opportunities, a stretch of six games.
Modano, set up from behind the net by Hull's pass, tied it at 2 when he one-timed a shot from in close off the post at 10:40 of the second period.
The Stars went 2-for-4 with the man advantage and are 12-1-0 when they score a power-play goal this season.
Hatcher is expected to miss six to eight weeks after he was cut by Todd Marchant's skate Friday night in Edmonton. Nieuwendyk, who also went down against Edmonton, is out indefinitely.
NHL FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 0 2 2 4 VANCOUVER 1 1 0 2 FINAL GOAL SCORING: 1ST PRD: VAN - ADRIAN AUCOIN 7 (ANDREW CASSELS) 17:40 2ND PRD: DAL - (PP) DARRYL SYDOR 3 (SERGEI ZUBOV, MIKE MODANO) 5:26 VAN - (PP) ALEXANDER MOGILNY 10 (ADRIAN AUCOIN, ANDREW CASSELS) 8:53 DAL - MIKE MODANO 12 (BRETT HULL, DARRYL SYDOR) 10:40 3RD PRD: DAL - (PP) KIRK MULLER 1 (BRETT HULL, MIKE MODANO) 1:18 DAL - (EN) MIKE MODANO 13 (GUY CARBONNEAU) 19:20 POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: DAL - 2 OF 4, VAN - 1 OF 3. SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL --- --- --- ----- DAL 6 11 5 22 VAN 5 12 6 23 GOALIES: DAL - ED BELFOUR VAN - KEVIN WEEKES OFFICIALS: REF - MAGUIRE, S WALKOM LIN - CAMERON, LAZAROWICH ATT: 13,682