Dallas Stars: Henrik Sedin

In a tight playoff race and needing points, the Dallas Stars couldn’t find a way to get any in Vancouver on Friday night, falling 5-2 to the Canucks. But they’ve got to put the loss behind them and move on to San Jose, where they open a crucial home-and-home series with the Sharks Saturday night.

“We need to find a way to regroup. We have a big home-and-home against San Jose. We’ve got to focus on that,” said Stars forward Steve Ott. “We’ve got to kick the loss as soon as we can and move on to the next game because there are only four games left.”

Friday’s loss in Vancouver knocked the Stars out of first place in the Pacific Division and third in the Western Conference to seventh in the West. They trail Los Angeles, a 4-1 winner in Edmonton Friday night, by one point in the division and lead the ninth place San Jose Sharks by one point.

“We have a chance to control our own destiny and that starts tomorrow,” said Stars forward Jake Dowell. “We’ll be glum about this tonight, but tomorrow we’ll get back at it.”

The Stars had a chance to enhance their destiny Friday night, but Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider wouldn’t have any part of it. He turned in a stellar performance, stopping 28 of 30 shots to lead Vancouver past the Stars.

“I thought we played well. We had chances. Five-on-five I thought we were going real good, but once again (Cory Schneider) was real good and made good saves on us,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “You run it into that every now and then. Goalies win you games and our goalie has won us enough this year. I thought it was a pretty equal game, but Schneider withstood the test. … We played well. We just didn’t get anything to go and we made a few mistakes that cost us. You can’t do that against Vancouver.”

The Stars played a strong first period, outshooting the Canucks 13-8. But the Canucks scored the only goal of the period. Jannik Hansen set up Chris Higgins, who beat Kari Lehtonen with a quick shot from the slot at the 6:43 mark.

Cory Schneider, who got the start in goal because Roberto Luongo had some stiffness in his neck, was sharp in the first, making several nice stops to keep the Stars off the scoreboard.

The Stars drew even early in the second period, when Ott scored off the rebound of a Jamie Benn shot at the 3:16 mark.

But Schneider kept the Stars from taking the lead with some big saves while the Stars were shorthanded. He stopped Ott busting in on net and then made a spectacular toe save on Loui Eriksson during Vancouver’s second power play of the game.

He then stopped Vernon Fiddler’s point blank shorthanded attempt during the Canucks third power play of the game. But the Canucks ended up taking the lead on that power play when Sami Salo scored on a blast from the right point at the 11:01 mark. A little more than five minutes later, Vancouver defenseman Andrew Alberts took a pass from Henrik Sedin and scored from the left circle to make it a 3-1 game.

“That’s why the goaltender is there. He was able to keep us in the game until we were able to score a couple of goals,” said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.

The Canucks extended their lead to 4-1 at 9:06 of the third when Sedin set up Alex Burrows, who scored from close range. A short time later the Stars pulled goalie Kari Lehtonen, to rest his for Saturday’s crucial game in San Jose.

Richard Bachman took over in net and Vancouver’s Maxim Lapierre cashed in on a wide open look from the slot to make it a 5-1 game.

Dowell scored a late goal to make it a 5-2 final.


*The Stars ended the season 14-6-0 against the Northwest Division.

*Stars forward Reilly Smith, playing in his second NHL game, played 7:47 and had one shot on goal. He started the game on the fourth line, but in the third period was bumped up to the second line with Jamie Benn and Steve Ott.

*Mark Fistric (abdominal strain), Radek Dvorak (ankle) and Eric Nystrom (leg) were out for Dallas.

*The Stars were 0-1 on the power play and 2-3 on the penalty kill in the game.

Stars-Canucks Preview

March, 21, 2012
Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars
Thursday March 22
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (40-28-5) are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over Phoenix Tuesday that kept them sitting on top of the Pacific Division and in third place in the Western Conference. The Stars weren’t entirely pleased with the effort. They gave up a 3-1 lead in the third period and gave one point to a team chasing them in the standings.

“I think we did good things but we’ve got to find ways to keep that two-goal lead and not give those guys a chance to get back into the game,” said Stars forward Michael Ryder, who scored two goals. “We made a couple mistakes, a couple turnovers that ended up in our net. We came here for two points and we got that but they got one.”

The Stars have won both games against Vancouver this season – one in overtime and one in regulation, but they aren’t taking in comfort in those two previous contests.

“Obviously one of the elite teams in the league, so we are going to have to be sharp and a lot cleaner than we were against Phoenix,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “For Phoenix not being known as a heavy offensive team, they certainly capitalized on what we gave them. If we do the same to Vancouver, they’ll do the same thing.”

Kari Lehtonen, who made 27 saves Tuesday and was 3-3 in the shootout, is expected to start in goal for Dallas.

Stars forward Jamie Benn, who took an elbow in the head from Shane Doan during Tuesday’s game and another hard hit in overtime, said he was fine on Wednesday and will play in Thursday’s game. Doan was suspended three games by the NHL Wednesday for the hit on Benn.

Injuries: D Mark Fistric (abdominal strain) is out.

About the Canucks

The Canucks (43-22-8) lost 2-1 in overtime at Chicago Wednesday night. The Canucks scored 27 seconds into the game, but Chicago tied it in the second and Andrew’s Shaw goal at 2:42 of overtime won it.

It was the Canucks’ fourth loss in the last five games (1-3-1).

The Canucks lost more than a game. They lost forward Daniel Sedin in the first period after he took an elbow to the head from Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith, who received a minor penalty for elbowing.

“Deliberate, principal point of contact, everything you are trying to take out of the game,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said when asked about Keith’s hit. “I expected a major (penalty) and got a minor.”

As for the status of Sedin, Vigneault said the team would know more on Thursday.

“We’ll re-evaluate him tomorrow,” Vigneault said. “He was taken out of the game obviously. Everybody saw the headshot there. We’ll re-evaluate tomorrow and I’ll know more from there.”

Despite the loss, the Canucks felt they had played their best game in a while. They are 3-5-3 over their last 11 games.

“This was by far our best team game in a lot of weeks,” Canucks center Henrik Sedin said. “We won games before, but we haven’t played the way we wanted to. Tonight, everyone showed up.”

Injuries: D Keith Ballard (concussion), C Andrew Ebbett (collarbone) and C Aaron Volpatti (shoulder) are out.

Series notes

*This is the third of four meetings between the two teams.

*Dallas is 2-0-0 in the season series.

*The Canucks are 0-1-1 in the series.

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

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 15-4-3 since the All-Star break.

*The Canucks are 13-6-5 since the All-Star break.

*The Canucks have scored on the power play in three of their last 14 games.

*The Stars have allowed a power play goal in three of their last 14 games.

*Dallas is 12-3-0 versus the Northwest Division this season, including 7-1-0 at American Airlines Center.

*Vancouver is 7-5-4 versus the Pacific Division.

*Stars forwards Loui Eriksson, Mike Ribeiro and Michael Ryder have combined for 12 points in the season series against Vancouver this year (6 goals, 6 assists).

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.


“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


*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



Lehtonen (backup)

Scratches: Ludwig

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

Power play units


Penalty kill units


Penalty kill fails Stars in loss to Canucks

January, 1, 2011
The Dallas Stars did a lot of things right Friday night against the Vancouver Canucks. Penalty killing wasn’t one of them and it was costly. The Canucks scored three times on the power play in a 4-1 victory over the Stars, who have now lost four of their last five games (1-3-1).

“We did a lot of good things. We had 45 shots and hit a bunch of posts,” said forward Steve Ott. “Our penalty kill was awful. If our penalty kill plays well we have a chance to win that game, obviously.”

The Stars outshot the Canucks 45-22 in the game and had a lot of great chances in the game, including a penalty shot. But Vancouver made the most of its chances, especially with the man-advantage. Vancouver scored on its first two chances on the power play and three of its three of its first four in the game.

"I think tonight we played a pretty strong game, but we had some adversity and tonight it came in the form of penalties that were self-inflicted for the most part and we didn’t have any confidence in our penalty kill,” Stars coach Marc Crawford said. “I thought that maybe we were busy reading their press clippings about how good their power play is, and it seemed to me, we were back on our heels."

The Stars’ penalty kill, a strength during the team’s run over the last month, has been a sore spot recently. It’s given up seven goals over the last five games

The Canucks got their first power play late in the first period and they scored 40 seconds into it when Daniel Sedin partially fanned on a one-time pass but it still ended up on the stick of Henrik Sedin, who scored from the slot.

Just 47 seconds later Raffi Torres took a pass from Jannik Hansen, split the Dallas defense and scored on a breakaway.

The Stars made a big push in the first half of the second period, outshooting the Canucks 11-2 over the first 9:40 of the period, but the Canucks got their second power play of the game and scored just 12 seconds into it when Henrik Sedin scored from the right circle to make it a 3-0 game.

The Stars had a power play chance later in the period and with 1:23 left in it James Neal was awarded a penalty shot, but his bid was turned away by Canucks goalie Cory Schneider. The Stars couldn’t cash in on the rest of the power play and it was representative of how things went for the Stars on this night, lots of chances but few results.

“We had 40-something shots, some pretty chances and we were an inch away from of it most of the night,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow.

The Canucks added another power play goal later in the second to make it a 4-0 game, ending the night for Stars starter Kari Lehtonen. Morrow tallied on Dallas’ third power play of the night to round out the scoring in the game.

“I give our guys full credit. Nobody quit,” said Crawford. “They kept battling throughout the entire match and we did most of the things we wanted to. We got lots of chances, we hit a number of posts and we battled. … We can’t look at this game and say we can throw it all out. There was a lot of good stuff in it.”

A bump in the road for Lehtonen

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was pulled with 3:10 left in the second period after giving up his fourth goal on 14 shots Friday. Lehtonen, who surrendered 6 goals on Wednesday, has given up 10 goals on 39 shots in the last two games.

Stars coach Marc Crawford said he expects Lehtonen to bounce back.

“We know that he’s a great goalie. We know that he’s got it in him,” said Crawford. “I don’t think there is any player or anybody on this team that doesn’t believe he is going to work his way through it. Players have droughts in their seasons. … but it’s not as up front and center when it’s a goalie.

“You look at the goals tonight, one got tipped, two were on the power play where he really didn’t have much of a chance and the other was a breakaway. We’ve got to eliminate those Grade 1 chances.”

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.