- Mark Stepneski, ESPNDallas.com
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The Dallas Stars lost for the third time in the last four games, falling 2-1 to the Vancouver Canucks at American Airlines Center on Thursday night. Cory Schneider stopped 25 of 26 shots for the Canucks, for who got a first-period goal from Mason Raymond and a third-period goal from Kevin Bieksa. Vernon Fiddler scored the lone goal for Dallas. Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 of 28 shots for the Stars.
Vancouver got on the board at the 4:46 mark when Henrik Sedin sent the puck from the right boards and Dan Hamhuis tipped it to Mason Raymond, who scored from close range to give the Canucks the early lead.
Stars forward Jake Dowell and Canucks forward Dan Weise dropped the gloves midway through the period.
The Canucks got the first power play of the game late in the period, but couldn’t take advantage.
The Stars had a power play five minutes into the second period, but failed to get a shot on goal.
Cory Schneider continued to be sharp in net for the Canucks, making a nice save on a close range backhand shot by Stars center Tom Wandell midway through the period.
The Canucks got their second power play of the game with 9:28 left in the period, but weren’t able to cash in.
Mike Ribeiro got a breakaway coming out of the penalty box, was hooked and was awarded a penalty shot, but Schneider stopped his attempt to keep it a 1-0 game.
The Canucks went on power play number three when Ribeiro took a slashing penalty. Stephane Robidas then took a hooking penalty, giving the Canucks a five-on-three power play for 1:06. But Alex Burrows took a holding penalty taking the Canucks off the two-man advantage.
The Stars ended up with an abbreviated power play, their second of the game, but failed to scored.
The Canucks extended their lead to 2-0 at the 4:19 mark of the third. Mason Raymond hit defenseman Kevin Bieksa in the slot and Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped the initial shot, but Bieksa scored on the rebound.
The Stars got on the board with 12:16 left in the game when Schneider came out the net to handle the puck, had it hop over his stick and a diving Vernon Fiddler poked it into the empty net to make it a 2-1 game.
Less than a minute later, Lehtonen came out of the net to play the puck and Canucks forward Samuel Pahlsson just missed scoring into an empty net, hitting the post from the right boards.
The Stars pulled Lehtonen with just over one minute remaining and then got a power play with 44.9 seconds left, but couldn’t get the equalizer.
Injured: Fistric (abdominal strain)
Scratched: Petersen, Pardy, Garbutt, Vincour, Jordie Benn