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Canucks come up short

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

You want to know what happened in the Canucks game and you want to know now. We get it. Here’s the bare bones recap of Vancouver’s 2-1 loss to Dallas.

…Marty Turco made a point-blank glove save on Alex Edler with the Canucks on the power play late in the third period.

The Canucks trailed 2-1 at that point and Edler’s first goal of the season would have evened the game up, Turco had other plans as he flashed the leather for one of his 32 saves on the night.

Although Turco came up big late, Cory Schneider outplayed the Dallas netminder on this night as he finished with 45 saves in his first start of the season. After making 22 stops in the first, Schneider was beat once in the second and again on the power play in the third to give the Stars a 2-0 lead.

Mason Raymond scored his seventh goal of the season midway through a spirited third to cut the Dallas lead to 2-1, but that’s as close as the visitors got in Texas.

With how well Andrew Raycroft has been playing in relief of Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider getting the start in net for Vancouver was a gutsy call by coach Alain Vigneault.

The gamble paid off as Schneider stopped 45 of 47 shots in the best showing of his young career; without his solid play in the first and second periods Vancouver would have trailed heavily heading into the third.

Schneider has won two of six starts over the last two seasons and is now 2-5-1 in his career.

Everybody loves Raymond in Vancouver and rightfully so, the 24-year-old has been a consistent contributor all season for the Canucks.

Raymond scored his seventh goal of the season on a rebound in the third period against Dallas, he now has nine points on the season and is currently riding a five-game point streak with three goals and two assists over that stretch.

Rewarded for his upstart play, Raymond led all Canucks forwards in ice time with 22:12 on 25 shifts.

The 47 shots the Canucks faced was a season-high against, five more than they surrendered to Detroit earlier this season. The Stars had 22 shots in the first, 18 in the second and seven in the third.

Vancouver was hit with 40 or more shots only four times last season, Calgary had a season-high 47 on April 7, 2009.


Cory Schneider on the importance of his play to keeping Vancouver in this game:

”We played a lot of games, I think nine in the last 14 games and then back-to-back here so I knew guys would be a little tired and it was my job to keep them in it to give us a chance to win. We really came hard in the third and we almost tied it there a couple of times and just fell short. I think the whole team battled hard and they had a lot of shots, but a lot were from the outside and I saw all of them, which was good.”

A much needed and much deserved rest comes Vancouver’s way as the Canucks have three days off before traveling to St. Louis to play the Blues on Tuesday.

This break gives the Canucks time for some rest and relaxation, which means in all likelihood Vancouver could have a few more bodies in the line-up against the Blues. Finally.

NUMBERS

5 – Hits for Tanner Glass, a team-high.

5 – Game point streak for Mason Raymond, he scored Vancouver's only goal.

14 – Consecutive penalties killed by the Canucks before Morrow scored in the third period.

47 – Shots for Dallas, the most Vancouver has faced this season.

OFFENCE

Vancouver's offence had a tough time getting going in this game and the team's shots reflected that as the Canucks had only 16 through two periods.

The Canucks came to life in the third outshooting the Stars 17-7, but Marty Turco was too much in the end as he collected his 18th career win vs. Vancouver.

DEFENCE

Cory Schneider put on a clinic as the last line of defence for Vancouver with a career-high 45 saves. Without his outstanding play, this game would have made Vancouver's 7-2 loss to Anaheim look tight.

Christian Ehrhoff led the backend in ice time with 23:29 on 26 shifts.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Canucks were 0-for-2, while the Stars went 1-for-3. Vancouver had killed off 14 consecutive penalties before Morrow scored in the third period.

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