Stars rally to top Canucks in OT
February, 26, 2012
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The Dallas Stars made it a four straight wins, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in overtime. Mike Ribeiro tied the game with 52.5 seconds left in regulation and Loui Eriksson scored the winning goal with 1:08 left in overtime. Michael Ryder also scored for the Stars, who got a 24-save effort from Kari Lehtonen. The two points gave the Stars a two-point in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Stars and Canucks played a competitive, scoreless first period.
The Stars got the first power play of the game midway through the first period and had some good chances, but couldn’t cash in. Tom Wandell had the best chance, but missed an open net with a backhand shot.
Vancouver’s Chris Higgins hit a post earlier in the period as he broke in on Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.
Shots were 8-5 in favor of the Canucks through the first 20 minutes.
The Canucks scored 56 seconds into the second period with a goal off the rush. Ryan Kesler took a pass from Chris Higgins and put the puck in the net off the glove of Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.
The Canucks got their first power play of the game midway through the second period, but Lehtonen made five saves to keep to keep it a 1-0 game.
But the Canucks made it a 2-0 game with 6:49 left in the second when Mason Raymond’s shot from near the left corner slipped through Lehtonen.
The Stars went on their second power play of the game late in the period and cashed in to cut the Canucks lead to 2-1. Mike Ribeiro set up Michael Ryder off the rush, and Ryder beat Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo with a one-timer from the left circle with 1:56 remaining in the period.
The Canucks outshot the Stars 9-8 in the second and had a 17-14 advantage through 40 minutes.
The Stars had a couple of chances to tie in the third period. Vernon Fiddler had a chance from the slot early in the period, but it was turned away by Luongo. Loui Eriksson hit a post with 2:47 remaining.
The Stars tied it with 52.5 seconds remaining when the Stars won an offensive zone draw, Alex Goligoski put the puck on net Mike Ribeiro deflected it past Luongo.
The Stars won with 1:08 left in overtime when Trevor Daley set up Eriksson, who put the puck into the open side of the net to make it a 3-2 final.
Injured: Dowell (finger), Morrow (neck/shoulder)