Mike Modano scored the decisive goal and Marty Turco had 33 saves as the Stars beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 Monday night to give Dallas its best start in franchise history. “No matter what we do sometimes, we look like the Keystone Kops out there,” Tippett said. “But luckily we did enough to win.”
Modano, who had a goal nullified earlier, scored at 8:33 of the third when Dallas had a 5-on-3 advantage. He scooped up a rebound off a shot from Eric Lindros and beat Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo. Niklas Hagman scored the Stars’ first goal 2:24 into the game.
Dallas (8-1-0) topped the mark it set in 1971 when the franchise was in Minneapolis. It was 7-1-1 that season.
“It doesn’t feel like we’re running over teams,” Turco said. “But we’re coming out on top in the end, and that’s all that matters.”
The Stars have played six of their first nine games on the road, and this was their third contest in four nights.
Dallas struggled to muster a rhythm through two periods. The Stars took just 12 shots on goal through two periods, and went without a shot in the first 14 minutes of the second.
Turco even lost his stick twice during the game. But both times he was able to thwart Vancouver scoring attempts.
“We were sluggish to start with,” Tippett said. “We were not getting to loose pucks and we were a step behind. But we battled and these are two quality points for us.”
Turco bested Luongo, who had 24 saves for Vancouver.
Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin scored on the first shot of the game. But that was all the Canucks could muster against Turco, who came into the game with the league’s best goals-against average.
Turco (7-1-0) is also tied for the NHL lead in wins. He got some help late from Sergei Zubov.
With the puck behind Turco, Dallas’ Zubov stuck his stick out and stuffed Ryan Kesler’s rebound attempt before the puck crossed the red line with 30.4 seconds remaining.
“We met a hot goaltender who made great saves,” Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. “But you have to find a way to put the puck in the net.”
The Canucks did not score in the third despite having four power plays, including two in the first six minutes.
Modano’s goal was set up when Kesler and Kevin Bieksa were called for penalties 20 seconds apart. Dallas got four shots off before Modano scored.
“We were in their zone most of the time,” Luongo said. “So we were feeling pretty good. It was just unfortunate they got that five-on-three.”
Modano had a goal nullified midway through the second when officials called Jere Lehtinen for a hand pass.
Notes: There was an announced attendance of 16,639, but a little more than half of the seats were occupied. Monday’s night’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants was being played a few kilometres away in Irving. … Hagman’s third goal of the season gave him 100 career points. … Vancouver’s Markus Naslund has 99 power-play goals – three shy of the franchise record.