Stars 3, Sharks 1
-- The San Jose Sharks fell further into the abyss in the Western Conference as defenseman Derian Hatcher had a goal and an assist to lead the Dallas Stars to a 3-1 victory tonight.
Vincent Damphousse scored on a two-man advantage for the Sharks, who fell to 1-5-0 on their seven-game road trip and remained 11 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the West with only 24 games left.
A preseason favorite by many to make it to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time, the Sharks finish their back-breaking trip Monday in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, the Stars took over the top spot in the NHL, moving a point ahead of Ottawa. They have lost only two of their last 22 games (16-2-4) after winning for the third time in as many meetings with San Jose this season.
Hatcher gave Dallas a 2-0 lead by scoring his fourth goal 90 seconds into the third period and picked up an assist on Jere Lehtinen's 23rd, which capped the scoring with 8 minutes 28 seconds to play.
Mike Modano had an assist for the Stars, who honored their star center with a pregame ceremony. This season, Modano has reached four milestones, reaching 1,000 career points and games while becoming the franchise leader in assists and games.
Saturday's Late Game
A late goal by Ed Jovanovski and clutch goaltending by Dan Cloutier extended the Vancouver Canucks' unbeaten streak to nine games.
Jovanovski scored the tying goal with 7:59 left and Cloutier made 37 saves as the Canucks salvaged a 2-2 tie with the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.
Vancouver is 5-0-4 since back-to-back losses to Nashville and Detroit on Jan. 21 and Jan. 24.
Matt Cooke carried the puck into the Flames' end and fired a perfect cross-ice pass to the side of the net, where Jovanovski scored his fifth goal of the season.
"I saw an odd-man rush so I jumped up and drove the net and Cooke made a great pass over to me," Jovanovski said. "All I had to do was put it in the open net."
Cloutier was peppered with 17 shots in the first period and was spectacular throughout. His best stop was on Jarome Iginla early in the third.
During a wild scramble in front late in the game, Cloutier made an acrobatic toe save on a shot from the slot, then dived across the crease. He jabbed out his stick and knocked Iginla's rebound shot out of the air. That denied Iginla his second goal of the night.
"He came up very big for us tonight and that save was sensational," Vancouver Coach Marc Crawford said. "A goal there would have made it 3-1 and probably would have made the game a tough one to come back in."
Chris Drury also scored for Calgary.