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Saturday, February 19, 2011
Stars' losing streak hits four with 5-2 loss to Canucks

By Mark Stepneski



The Dallas Stars’ losing streak hit four games with a 5-2 loss in Vancouver on Saturday night. It was the eighth loss in the last nine games (1-7-1) for the Stars and their seventh straight loss on the road. The Stars lost all four games against Vancouver this season by a combined score of 20-5. James Neal and Brenden Morrow scored for Dallas. Andrew Raycroft made 33 saves.

Quotable

“You can’t give them outnumbered chances and they scored four goals on outnumbered chances. That’s one of the things going into this game trying not give up and we were guilty of it.  From that standpoint we didn’t do a good enough job with our third guy. Their forwards are dangerous, especially the ones with speed. They can hurt you.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford.

“It’s just bad timing right now, being in a funk that we can’t get out of." - Stars captain Brenden Morrow

Notes

*The Stars have been outscored 49-24 in their last 12 games (2-9-1)

*The Stars have been outscored 36-14 during their seven game road losing streak.

*The Stars have allowed four goals or more in seven of their last 12 games.

*The Stars have scored two goals or fewer in eight of the last 11 games.

*The Stars were outscored 20-5 in going 0-4-0 against the Canucks this season.

First period

The Canucks scored 2:46 into the game to take a 1-0 lead. After a faceoff in the Dallas zone, Daniel Sedin won a puck battle with Stephane Robidas along the goal line and then beat Andrew Raycroft with a shot from a sharp angle.

The Stars bounced back to tie less than two minutes later when Loui Eriksson stole the puck along the boards in the Vancouver zone and help set up James Neal, who scored from just beyond the top of the right circle at the 4:36 mark.

Both teams had a chance to take the lead. Raycroft denied a point blank chance by Vancouver forward Manny Malhotra.

The Stars had a five-on-three power play for 54 seconds, but couldn’t take advantage.

Second period

The Canucks took the lead at 6:29 of the second after the Stars turned the puck over in the Vancouver zone. Vancouver went on the rush the other way and Raffi Torres scored off a blast from the right faceoff circle.

Andrew Raycroft made some big saves to keep the Stars close, stopping a good chance on Mikael Samuelsson and then making a couple of saves on Vancouver’s second chance of the game.

Third period

The Canucks were able to extend their lead to 3-1 with 12:21 left in the game when Henrik Sedin sent a pass to Daniel Sedin, who busted in on the Dallas net and scored off a shot from the bottom of the left circle.

The Stars missed on power play chance, but were able to cut the lead to 3-2 with an even strength goal with 6:27 remaining. Jamie Langenbrunner put a shot on net from the left wing, Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo couldn’t control the rebound and Brenden Morrow knocked the puck into the net.

But the Canucks scored two quick goals off the rush to put the game away. Henrik Sedin finished off a three-on-one rush with 4:07 remaining.

Just 33 seconds later Manny Malhotra set up Torres, who finished off a two-on-one rush to make it a 5-2 game.

Stars lineup

Morrow-Ribeiro-Langenbrunner
Neal-Ott-Eriksson
Petersen-Wandell-Williams
Sutherby-Wandell-Vincour
Sutherby-Wandell-Williams
Sutherby-Gagnon-Vincour

Fistric-Robidas
Woywitka-Daley
Skrastins-Niskanen

Raycroft
Lehtonen (backup)

Scratches:  Ludwig

Injured:  Richards (concussion-like symptoms), Grossman (hip), Burish (orbital bone), Barch (orbital bone), Benn (shoulder), Sawada (shoulder)

Power play units

Morrow-Ribeiro-Williams-Daley-Robidas
Neal-Ott-Langenbrunner-Daley-Robidas
Morrow-Ribeiro-Eriksson-Langenbrunner-Robidas

Penalty kill units

Ott-Langenbrunner-Fistric-Robidas
Ribeiro-Ott-Fistric-Robidas
Ribeiro-Morrow-Fistric-Robidas
Ott-Wandell-Skrastins-Robidas