Losing streak ends Canuck homestand

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

Maybe Vancouver Canucks' general manager Dave Nonis should've traded for someone who could score.

Canucks continue to lack offensive spark as they lost their third straight game Saturday at General Motors Place. This time it was the Dallas Stars who walked away with a 2-1 win, thanks to captain Mike Modano's pair of third period goals.

Newly acquired blue liners Sean Brown, Eric Weinrich and Keith Carney debuted for Vancouver, but the Canucks were outshot 33-19 and mustered only a pair in the first period. Canucks' only goal was Henrik Sedin's short-handed marker late in the second period.

"If we improve the shots, that simple task of hitting the net, we give ourselves a better opportunity to be successful," said Canucks' head coach Marc Crawford.

Canucks play in Dallas tonight at 5:30 p.m. (CKNW/Sportsnet) to begin a three-game road trip that takes them to Nashville tomorrow and Columbus on Friday.

Canucks, seventh in the Western Conference, are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2000. They have just two points more than eighth-place Edmonton Oilers and are four better than the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Anaheim, however, has played three fewer games than Vancouver.

With 17 games to go, Vancouver is 35-24 in regulation plus six overtime and shootout losses.


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