- Mark Stepneski, ESPNDallas.com
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The Dallas Stars lost their first game out of the All-Star break, falling 4-1 to the Vancouver Canucks at American Airlines Center Tuesday night. The Stars are now 0-3-0 against the Western Conference leading Canucks this season. Vancouver scored twice on the power play in the game and have scored eight times on the power play in the three games against Dallas. The Stars were 0-5 on the power play Tuesday. Loui Eriksson scored the lone goal for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 22 of 26 shots.
“For some reason against Vancouver our special teams have been terrible this year. It happened again tonight, I don’t know why.” – Stars center Brad Richards
“Our biggest thing going into the game was not to give them a lot of power play chances and we took some silly [penalties], myself included. That makes it hard to play against them because when they are on the power play they are going to find a way to make a difference in the game.” – Stars forward Adam Burish
“We had our opportunities tonight and we have to take responsibility for not jumping on the opportunities that we had. First period we had three power play chances and didn’t generate a lot on those three and they got on their opportunity and capitalized.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford
*The Stars are 8-4-1 in their last 13 games and three of the four regulation losses have come against the Vancouver Canucks.
*The Canucks have outscored the Stars 15-3 in three games this season.
*Vancouver is 8-15 (53.3%) on the power play against Dallas this season.
*The Stars are 1-13 (7.7%) on the power against the Canucks this season.
*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has 22 points (8 goals, 14 assists) in his last 20 games.
*Kari Lehtonen picked up an assist Tuesday. He now has four on the season, tying for the league lead among goaltenders with Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.
*The Stars have placed forward Tom Wandell on injured reserve retroactive to January 24.
The Stars had three chances on the power play, but couldn’t take advantage. Vancouver has had two power plays and will have 1:42 remaining on the second one when the second period opens.
Both goalies had some big saves in the period. Kari Lehtonen stopped Cody Hodgson point blank with the Canucks on the power play. Cory Schneider stopped a point blank shot by James Neal with the Stars on a power play.
Mark Fistric was out for the Stars due to illness. Jeff Woywitka, who was out the last three games with an injury, was back in the lineup.
The Canucks scored two power play goals in the first 3:05 of the period to take a 2-0 lead in the game.
The first one came 26 seconds into the period when Mikael Samuelsson beat Kari Lehtonen with a shot from the right circle.
The Canucks scored eight seconds into their next power play when Christian Ehrhoff scored off a shot from the right point.
The Canucks came close to extending it to 3-0, but Lehtonen made a a couple of saves during a scramble in front of the Dallas net and then with 13:45 left in the period he made a big stop on a point blank shot by defenseman Dan Hamhuis.
Just seven seconds after that save Loui Eriksson scored on a two-on-one rush to cut the Vancouver lead to 2-1.
The Stars had a chance to tie with their fourth power play of the game, but after a pass jumped over the stick of Eriksson the Canucks got a two-on-one break and Ryan Kesler scored shorthanded to make it a 3-1 game with 5:35 left in the period.
The Canucks extended their lead to 4-1 with 5:03 left in the game. After Alex Burrows forced a turnover by Trevor Daley, he gave up the puck to Henrik Sedin, got it back and then scored off a backhand shot.
Injured: Fistric (ill), Benn (shoulder), Wandell (shoulder), Petersen (leg)
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