Dallas Stars: Cory Schneider

Stars fall to Canucks, 5-2

March, 30, 2012

The Dallas Stars were knocked out of first place in the Pacific Division after losing 5-2 at Vancouver on Friday night. Los Angeles, a 4-1 winner at Edmonton, took over the top spot in the division. The Stars are now seventh in the Western Conference.

The Stars, who have lost five of their last eight games, play at ninth place San Jose Saturday. They lead the Sharks by one point.

Steve Ott and Jake Dowell scored for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 26 of 30 shots in 49:59 of playing time for the Stars. Richard Bachman played the final 10:01 and stopped three of four shots.

Cory Schneider stopped 28 of 30 for the Canucks, who won their fifth straight game.

First period

Both teams had some good chances early in the period, but the Canucks struck first at the 6:17 mark. Jannik Hansen got to a puck along the right boards and backhanded it to Chris Higgins, who beat Kari Lehtonen with a quick shot from the slot.

Roberto Luongo was expected to start for the Canucks, but Cory Schneider was announced as the starter just before game time. He was superb in the first period, making 13 saves. He had a couple of sharp saves on Jamie Benn along with good stops on Michael Ryder and Mike Ribeiro in the period.

Vancouver had the only power play of the period. The Stars had a 13-7 edge in shots.

Second period

The Stars tied the game at 3:16 of the second. After Jamie Benn put a shot on net off a faceoff, Steve Ott got to the rebound and slipped it past Cory Schneider to make it a 1-1 game.

After that it was a series of quality saves by Schneider and Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.

Lehtonen had a save on Samuel Pahlsson and two on Chris Higgins. On the Canucks second power play of the game Schneider made a big shorthanded stop on Ott and then made a spectacular save on a shorthanded bid by Loui Eriksson. He made another shorthanded save on Vernon Fiddler on Vancouver’s third power play.

The Canucks took the lead on that third power play when Sami Salo’s blast from the right point went through traffic and past Lehtonen with 8:39 left in the period.

The Canucks made it 3:35 left in the second. Moments after Schneider stopped Jake Dowell, the Canucks went the other way and Henrik Sedin found defenseman Andrew Alberts, who scored off a blast from the left circle.

The Canucks outshot the Stars 20-13 in the second period and had a 27-26 advantage through two periods.

Third period

Reilly Smith got bumped up to a line with Benn and Ott to start the third, and Smith hit the post early in the period. But the Canucks scored twice in a 2:12 to blow the game open. Henrik Sedin set up Alex Burrow, who scored from close range a the 9:06 mark to make it a 4-1 game.

The Stars pulled Lehtonen in favor of Richard Bachman a short time later and the Canucks quickly scored to make it a 5-1 game when a wide open Max Lapierre scored from the slot at the 11:18 mark.

Jake Dowell scored late for the Stars to round out the scoring.

Stars lineup



Lehtonen (starter)

Injured: Fistric (abdominal strain), Dvorak (ankle), Nystrom (leg)
Scratched: Petersen, Wandell, Jordie Benn

Stars-Canucks Preview

March, 29, 2012
Dallas Stars at Vancouver Canucks
Friday March 30, 9:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus/NBC Sports Network
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (42-30-5) are coming off a 3-1 win at Edmonton on Wednesday. Michael Ryder scored two goals and added an assist, and Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves for the Stars, who took over first place in the Pacific Division after the win.

“We’re happy to take these two points and keep going,” Lehtonen said. “You never know what’s going to happen against the Oilers. Those guys have so much skill, and they’re fun to play against.”

Friday’s game in Vancouver opens the final back-to-back set of the season for the Stars. They play at San Jose on Saturday.

“It doesn’t get easier,” Gulutzan said. “Those are all points we have to claw, scrape or whatever we can do to get something out of those games.”

Lehtonen will start in goal Friday.

Injuries: LW Eric Nystrom (leg) and RW Radek Dvorak (ankle) and D Mark Fistric (abdominal strain) are out.

About the Canucks

The Canucks (47-21-9) won their fourth straight game, beating Colorado 1-0 in Vancouver on Wednesday. Cory Schneider made 43 saves

“They put a lot at the net from a lot of angles, everything they had they put at the net and that’s what a desperate team does,” Schneider said. “I thought we did a great job either blocking it or letting me see the puck and there were quite a few where I was just able to catch it and kill the play. The shots were lopsided but the actual quality chances, we did a good job eliminating those.”

It was the second straight 1-0 victory for the Canucks, who have allowed just three goals over the last four games. While the Canucks have tightened up things defensively, they struggled to score, tallying just eight goals over the last six games.

“We're happy where we are defensively and we're not giving up 3-on-2s and 2-on-1s. I know we're going to score goals eventually and that they're going to come,” said Canucks captain Henrik Sedin.

The Canucks are three points behind St. Louis for first overall in the Western Conference and have one game in hand.

Injuries: D Kevin Bieksa (undisclosed) is questionable. LW Daniel Sedin (concussion), D Aaron Rome (knee), D Keith Ballard (concussion), C Andrew Ebbett (collarbone) and C Aaron Volpatti (shoulder) are out.

Series notes

*This the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two teams.

*The Stars are 2-1-0 in the season series.

*The Canucks are 1-1-1 in the season series.

*February 26, at Dallas: Stars 3, Canucks 2 (OT)
March 6, at Vancouver: Stars 5, Canucks 2
March 22, at Dallas: Canucks 2, Stars 1

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars rank seventh in the NHL in road goals against at 2.58 per game.

*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen is 14-7-2 with a 2.09 goals against average and .935 save percentage on the road this season.

*The Canucks have been outshot 81-47 over the last two games but have outscored their opposition 2-0.

*The Canucks have scored just eight goals over the last six games, but they’ve allowed only seven during the same stretch.

*Forward Chris Higgins has scored three of the Canucks’ last five goals.

*Vancouver is 1-20 on the power play over the last six games.

*Stars forward Michael Ryder has 30 points (18 goals, 12 assists) in 29 games since the All-Star break.

*Stars forward Mike Ribeiro has 30 points (8 goals, 22 assists) in 29 games since the All-Star break.

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars started Thursday in third place in the Western Conference. They ended it in third place in the Pacific Division and barely in a playoff spot. It’s a sign of just how tight the playoff race in the West is.

The Stars, who have lost three of four games, are now in eighth place in the Western, just percentage points ahead of ninth place Colorado and one point ahead of tenth place San Jose.

“Maybe it is a good reality check of how delicate these next eight games are going to be,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan.

With the Stars and Canucks playing for the third time in less than a month, things weren't exactly delicate on the ice and a lot of it happened after the whistle, which didn’t play into the Stars’ hands.

“I didn’t think our focus was high. Our game plan at the start was to keep the pace high, stay whistle to whistle,” Gulutzan said. “We wanted to get things deep and go after them. In the first few minutes (Cory) Schneider stood the test and made some real good saves. Then we lost focus. We wanted to get involved in an extracurricular game, some of the exchanges, the penalties and the frustration level was way too high. ... You have to be methodical and focused this time of year. You can’t be up and down like a yo-yo with your emotions."

That extracurricular stuff might have played into the hands of the Canucks, who had played the night before in Chicago.

“It kind of ruins the flow of the game, especially against a team coming off a back-to-back,” said Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. “Don’t’ want to slow that game down all night, so I think we fell into that a little bit.”

The Stars started strong, creating some early scoring chances but Schneider made strong saves on a Mike Ribeiro redirection and a hard shot by Loui Eriksson from the slot.

The Canucks took the lead at 4:46 of the mark when Henrik Sedin sent a pass from the right boards that was tipped by Don Hamhuis to a wide open Mason Raymond, who scored from close range to give the Canucks the early lead.

The Stars had a chance to tie in the second when Ribeiro was awarded a penalty shot, but Schneider turned away Ribeiro’s bid to keep the Canucks ahead.

“I wasn’t really sure what he was going to do with it. But got him pretty tight and don’t know if he was trying to go past my blocker or through my arm, but stayed with him and made the save,” Schneider said.

The Canucks were able to extend the lead to 2-0 early in the third period when Raymond set up Kevin Bieksa, who had his first shot stopped by Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen but then put his own rebound into the net.

The Stars scored with just over 12 minutes remaining when Schneider came out of the net to play the puck, but it bounced over his stick and Vernon Fiddler put it into the net to make it a 2-1 game.

But the Stars could never get the equalizer on Schneider, who stopped 25 shots to improve to 17-7-1 on the season.

“Gave us a chance to win, played well, moved the puck well, everything you could ask from a goalie,” said Bieksa.


*The Stars were 0-3 on the power play in the game and had no shots on their chances with the man-advantage.

*Stars defenseman Mark Fistric missed Thursday’s game with an abdominal strain. He is expected to miss at least one week.

*Toby Petersen, Ryan Garbutt, Tomas Vincour and Jordie Benn were healthy scratches for Dallas.

*Canucks forward Daniel Sedin missed Thursday’s game with a head injury suffered Wednesday when he was elbowed by Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith.

*Thursday’s attendance was 16,618.

Postgame quotes

March, 22, 2012
Here are some postgame quotes after the Dallas Stars lost 2-1 to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan

“I didn’t think our focus was high. Our game plan at the start was to keep the pace high, stay whistle to whistle. It was on the board, we wanted to play whistle to whistle with these guys tonight. They came off an emotional game last night. We wanted to get things deep and go after them. In the first few minutes (Cory) Schneider stood the test and made some real good saves. Then we lost focus. We wanted to get involved in an extracurricular game, some of the exchanges, the penalties and the frustration level was way too high.”

Stars forward Eric Nystrom

“We’d like to go undefeated obviously, but there’s going to be games that you’re going to come out on the wrong end of, but there can’t be too many of those down the stretch. We know we’re a great team in here and we’ve got to move forward and learn from our mistakes and know we’ve got to shoot the puck a little more and go to that net and get some ugly ones and we’ll be fine.”

Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski on the shoving after the whistle

“That kind of stuff we don’t’ want to get into. We want to play whistle to whistle. It kind of ruins the flow of the game, especially against a team coming off a back-to-back. Don’t’ want to slow that game down all night, so I think we fell into that a little bit. The games are picking up physicality wise and that’s the way it goes.”

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault

“It was a real solid team effort I thought from start to finish, two teams that battled real hard. There was a lot of stuff going on the ice from whistle to whistle and a lot of stuff going on after the whistle. But we were able to get couple of goals. Unfortunately there Schneids lost his shutout on that play there but really liked our overall game.”

Canucks goalie Cory Schneider on stopping Mike Ribeiro’s penalty shot attempt

“Seeing him coming in the back end like that and I wasn’t really sure what he was going to do with it. But got him pretty tight and don’t know if he was trying to go past my blocker or through my arm, but stayed with him and made the save.”

Mark Fistric out at least one week

March, 22, 2012
DALLAS -- Stars defenseman Mark Fistric is expected to miss at least one week with an abdominal strain. He was injured in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win over Phoenix.

"It will be a week for so for sure, and then after that it will be day-to-day," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said of Fistric's status.

With Fistric out, Adam Pardy will come in and be paired with Trevor Daley on the blue line.

The Canucks will be without left wing Daniel Sedin, who was knocked out of last night's game after he took an elbow to the head from Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith. Sedin is heading back to Vancouver this afternoon for further evaluation, according to a team official.

Kari Lehtonen is in net for the Stars. Cory Schneider is the likely starter for the Canucks.

Here are the probable lineups for the two teams:






Raymond-H. Sedin-Burrows



Canucks down Stars 4-1

February, 1, 2011
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.

First period

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.

Second period

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.

Third 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.

Stars lineup



Raycroft (backup)

Scratches: None

Injured: Fistric (ill), Benn (shoulder), Wandell (shoulder), Petersen (leg)

Power play units


Penalty kill units


Stars-Canucks thoughts

January, 1, 2011
Some thoughts after the Stars lost 4-1 to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.

*Specials teams and goaltending. The Canucks won the special teams battle and Cory Schneider was very good in net for them. Prevail in those two areas and you’ll win on most nights and that’s what happened here.

*The penalty kill has been very good recently and a key part of the Stars’ run over the past month or so, but it’s in a bit of slump now. It gave up three Friday and was 0-2 against Detroit on Wednesday. It was the key area where the Stars really broke down in the game.

*The first power play goal hurt, but the Raffi Torres breakaway goal just 47 seconds later was really huge. That put the Stars in a big hole, especially late in the period.

*Still, the Stars had their chances. They had 45 shots on goal and that doesn’t count the posts and the ones where they missed the net altogether or couldn’t get off the shot. They had a lot of chances. A lot of chances. Give some credit to Schneider. He played a great game.

*The Stars were 1-3 on the power play and the goal they scored was too little, too late. They really missed a chance to turn the game around in the second period. They had 1:23 of power play time left when James Neal was awarded a penalty shot. Neal couldn’t convert and they couldn’t covert on the PP. At little more than three minutes later the Canucks strike again on the PP to make it a 4-0 game and it’s basically game over at that point.

*Kari Lehtonen’s had a rough go of things the past two games. I didn’t think he had much of a chance on some of the goals tonight. There were a couple of prime scoring chances by a great players and a breakaway. Marc Crawford pointed out that all players go through some ups and downs over the course of a long season and Lehtonen’s having one of those times where things aren’t going his way.

*They had two games here against the top two teams in the West. They played well at times in both games and did a lot of good things, but the bottom line is they came up short where it counts and that is on the scoreboard. That’s pushed them into a little bit of a slide where they’ve dropped four of five games, including three in regulation (1-3-1). A couple of big road games coming up against St. Louis and Chicago, so we’ll see if they can get back on track.

Canucks top Stars 4-1

December, 31, 2010
Cory Schneider made 44 saves, and his teammates scored three times on the power play as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Dallas Stars, 4-1, Friday night at American Airlines Center.

The loss was fourth in the last five games (1-3-1) for the Stars, who are winless in their last four games (0-3-1) at home.

Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Kevin Bieksa all had a goal and an assist for the Canucks. Brenden Morrow scored the lone goal for the Stars.

Kari Lehtonen started in net for Dallas and was pulled late in the second period after giving up four goals on 14 shots. Andrew Raycroft finished out the game and stopped all eight shots he faced.

First period

The Canucks opened the scoring with a power-play goal with 2:49 left in the first period. Henrik Sedin one-timed a pass to brother Daniel, who scored from the slot.

Just 47 seconds later Raffi Torres took a pass from Jannik Hansen, split the the Dallas defense and slipped the puck past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen to give the Canucks a 2-0 lead.

Defenseman Matt Niskanen and forward Krys Barch were the scratches were for the Stars.

Second period

The Stars came out with some strong pressure in the second period, had some good chances and had an 11-2 shots advantage through more than nine minutes of play, but the Canucks went on a power play at the 9:40 mark and scored 12 seconds later when Henrik Sedin banged in a one-timer from right circle.

After the Stars killed off another Vancouver power play to keep it a 3-0 game, the Stars got their second power play of the game. With 1:23 remaining on it, Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa pulled down James Neal on a breakaway and Neal was awarded a penalty shot. Neal’s bid was denied by Canucks goalie Cory Schneider. The Stars couldn’t cash in the on the rest of the power play and it remained a 3-0 game.

After the Stars took a bench minor, the Canucks got their fourth power play of the game and they struck again when Bieksa scored from the right point to make it a 4-0 game.

That was it was it for Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen, who was pulled after allowing four goals on 14 shots. Andrew Raycroft took over in net at that point for the Stars.

Third period

The Stars got their third power play of the game early in the third period and cashed in with 18 seconds left in it when Mike Ribeiro set up Brenden Morrow, who scored from the slot to make it a 4-1 game with 16:39 remaining in the game.

The Stars got another power play three minutes later and had some great chances, but Schneider came up with superb stops to keep the Stars from cutting the lead to two goals.

Schneider stopped 44 shots in the game for the Canucks, who were outshot 45-22 on the night.

Friday morning skate update

December, 31, 2010
A few notes from this morning's skate at American Airlines Center.

It will be Kari Lehtonen in net for the Stars and Cory Schneider in goal for the Canucks. Schneider is 5-0-2 with 2.56 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage as the backup to Roberto Luongo this season.

Luongo won't play tonight since he just rejoined the team after being with his wife in Florida for the birth of the couple's second child.

It looks like forward Krys Barch and defenseman Matt Niskanen will be the scratches for the Stars. This will the fifth time in the last ten games that Niskanen has been a healthy scratch.

A reminder that tonight's game is a 7 p.m. start.