- Mark Stepneski, ESPNDallas.com
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How it happened: Goalie Cory Schneider turned in a sparkling performance in net, stopping 25 of 26 shots as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Dallas Stars, 2-1, at American Airlines Center on Thursday night. The Canucks got a goal from Mason Raymond early in the first period and another from Kevin Bieksa early in the second to build a 2-0 lead on Dallas. Henrik Sedin had two assists. Vernon Fiddler scored the lone goal for Dallas.
What it means: The Stars lost for the third time in the last four games (1-3-0) and will have to scoreboard watch to see if teams chasing them in the Pacific Division -- Los Angeles and Phoenix -- pass them in the standings. The Canucks, who are locked in atop the Northwest Division and second in the Western Conference, won for just the third time in the last nine games (3-5-1).
Save of the night: Schneider stopped Mike Ribeiro on a penalty shot at 12:55 of the second period to help the Canucks preserve a 1-0 lead in the game.
Missing in action: Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin sat out Thursday’s game with a head injury. Sedin, who suffered the injury Wednesday night when he was elbowed by Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith, flew back to Vancouver for further evaluation.
What’s next: The Stars take on Calgary in a home-and-home series. The two teams meet in Dallas on Saturday night and then play in Calgary on Monday. The Canucks play at Colorado on Saturday then head back to Vancouver for a four-game homestand.