FINAL
BUF
1
TOR
3
FINAL
FLA
5
PHI
2
FINAL
NJD
3
WSH
2
FINAL
WPG
4
CAR
3
FINAL OT
NYI
4
MTL
3
FINAL SO
NYR
2
OTT
3
FINAL
BOS
4
TBL
2
FINAL
CBJ
3
DET
2
FINAL
VAN
4
DAL
3
FINAL
MIN
3
EDM
1
VAN
26-15-7
DAL
22-22-4

22 SOG
25 SOG

Canucks hold off Stars for 4-3 win

Steve Hunt  - NHL.com Correspondent | Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 11:26 PM

DALLAS -- The Vancouver Canucks were determined that their three-game losing streak wasn't going to get any bigger.

Third-period goals by Jason Garrison and Henrik Sedin less than two minutes apart were enough to give the Canucks a 4-3 victory against the Dallas Stars on Thursday night at American Airlines Center.

"I think it was important for our team to put together a better two-way effort and I thought we did that tonight," said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, whose team was 0-1-2 in its three previous games. "Even though we started off on our heels a little bit, I thought the guys responded after that."

Garrison broke a 2-2 tie when he beat rookie goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp with a slapper from the point at 2:32 of the final period. Sedin scored on an easy tap-in at 4:18 after he and Alexandre Burrows executed a 2-on-1 to perfection.

Brenden Morrow scored an unassisted goal at 6:07 after stealing the puck from Ryan Kesler, but Cory Schneider was perfect the rest of the way, finishing with 22 saves for his fifth victory of the season. The Stars put themselves in a hole in the final minutes when Derek Roy was called for hooking with 2:01 remaining in regulation, and the Canucks successfully played keep-away in the last 60 seconds.

"Yeah, they're a real good team," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "I thought that we had chances to get ahead and maybe stay ahead, but we didn't convert. But overall, I thought that our work ethic was strong tonight, but it's a result-based business and we didn't get the result."

Nilstorp made 18 saves to fall to 0-3-0 in his short career.

"I thought he made some good saves," Gulutzan said. "I think there was maybe one there that he would have played a little differently. But he gave us a chance and I thought he was OK."

Dallas was on the attack almost from the drop of the puck, getting its first chance 23 seconds in when a 25-foot wrister by Jaromir Jagr was denied by Schneider. But Jamie Benn gave the Stars a 1-0 lead 12 seconds later by whipping a quick wrister from just off the right post into the far side of the Canucks net. Benn saw his initial effort deflected by Vancouver's Zack Kassian but after the carom fell to his skates, he quickly converted for his fifth of the season.

Vancouver tied it at 8:29 when Burrows deflected Alexander Edler's long power-play wrister into the short side. The goal came 40 seconds after Dallas rookie Reilly Smith was called for interference on Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa.

"It's never good to give up a goal in the first minute of the game, so it was good to show some resilience and we didn't crack under that," Schneider said. "Our power play got us a big goal. They've been scoring some timely ones the last few games. It was nice to sort of return the favor and come back on them a couple of times in their building."

The Stars reclaimed the lead when Michael Ryder beat Schneider with a 15-foot backhand 2:39 into the second period for his fifth of the season. Ryder collected a loose puck and shot across his body as he entered the left circle to end an eight-game goalless streak.

But the Canucks answered again, tying the game at 7:05 when Bieksa beat Nilstorp through the five-hole with a short backhander. Dan Hamhuis fed Bieksa from behind the Canucks' net, and Bieksa dashed up the right side of the ice, broke past the defense and beat Nilstorp.

"It was more of a complete effort from us for sure tonight," Bieksa said. "I don't know what else to say. It wasn't the prettiest game at times, but it was a hard-fought game with a lot of board battles, lot of blocked shots, lot of diving plays and lot of big saves. That's what it takes to win sometimes."

Vancouver visits Nashville on Friday night in the third game of a four-game trip, while the Stars have a night off before San Jose comes to town on Saturday in the finale of a three-game homestand.

Vigneault was pleased with the way his team bounced back after back-to-back shootout losses and an early goal.

"I'm really happy the way we responded," Vigneault said. "They came out on that first shift and they capitalized on a couple of our puck decisions and made it 1-0 early. But we were able to stick to the plan and after two periods, we had a tie game. It was another one of those hard-fought games."

1st2nd3rdT
VAN
DAL
Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:35DAL Jamie Benn (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Aaron Rome (2), Brenden Morrow (5) 1 - 0 DAL
08:29VAN PPG - Alexandre Burrows (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexander Edler (8), Ryan Kesler (2) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
02:39DAL Michael Ryder (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Antoine Roussel (1), Jordie Benn (1) 2 - 1 DAL
07:05VAN Kevin Bieksa (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Dan Hamhuis (8), Jordan Schroeder (3) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
02:32VAN Jason Garrison (2) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Kesler (3), Zack Kassian (3) 3 - 2 VAN
04:18VAN Henrik Sedin (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexandre Burrows (5), Daniel Sedin (12) 4 - 2 VAN
06:07DAL Brenden Morrow (4) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 4 - 3 VAN
Three Stars of the Game
Alexandre Burrows
1st
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 4
+/-: 1TOI: 19:20
Jamie Benn
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:16
Henrik Sedin
3rd
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:34
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:49DAL Reilly Smith  Interference against  Kevin Bieksa
10:53VAN Kevin Bieksa  Kneeing against  Loui Eriksson
17:42VAN Mason Raymond  Tripping against  Jordie Benn
2nd Period
06:00DAL Aaron Rome  Hooking against  David Booth
06:55VAN Alexandre Burrows  Cross checking against  Stephane Robidas
09:53DAL Antoine Roussel  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Kassian
09:53VAN Zack Kassian  Fighting (maj) against  Antoine Roussel
17:55DAL Cody Eakin  Holding against  Henrik Sedin
19:02VAN Alexandre Burrows  Interference against  Stephane Robidas
3rd Period
09:46DAL Brenden Morrow  Hooking against  Alexandre Burrows
14:51VAN Kevin Bieksa  Interference against  Alex Goligoski
17:59DAL Derek Roy  Hooking against  David Booth
shots by period
PeriodVANDAL
1st78
2nd810
3rd77
Total2225
Team Stats
CategoryVANDAL
Power Plays1/50/5
Hits1923
Faceoff Wins3326
Giveaways67
Takeaways36
Blocked Shots2110
Penalty Minutes1515
  • VANCOUVER
  • DALLAS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2D. HamhuisD0100021:35
3K. BieksaD1002419:33
4K. BallardD0000015:50
5J. GarrisonD1003017:34
7D. BoothL00-13012:09
8C. TanevD0000018:22
9Z. KassianR010059:08
14A. BurrowsR1113419:20
15A. VolpattiL000106:35
17R. KeslerC02-12019:39
20C. HigginsL00-11016:32
21M. RaymondL0002216:53
22D. SedinL0111017:54
23A. EdlerD0100021:57
32D. WeiseR0001010:54
33H. SedinC1011020:34
40M. LapierreC00-11012:24
45J. SchroederC0101013:07
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
35C. Schneider2225.88060:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3S. RobidasD0001024:45
4B. DillonD0004023:56
10B. MorrowL1112215:26
11D. RoyC0003218:09
14J. BennL1003020:16
18R. SmithR0000212:21
20C. EakinC0001211:58
21L. ErikssonR0001019:42
24E. NystromL0001013:02
27A. RomeD0102216:47
33A. GoligoskiD0002021:05
36P. LarsenD00-10016:24
38V. FiddlerC0000012:29
40R. GarbuttL000008:05
58J. BennD0110017:11
60A. RousselL010156:45
68J. JagrR0002017:49
73M. RyderR1002015:10
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
41C. Nilstorp1822.81860:00