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Game 22: Hull of a call

by Daniel Fung / Vancouver Canucks
The Dallas Stars have gotten some pretty favourable calls in their history when it comes to plays in and around the crease. They were the benefactors of yet another controversial call on Sunday night.

Valeri Nichushkin and Erik Cole each scored for Dallas as the Stars escaped Rogers Arena with a 2-1 victory, but it was the goal that didn't count that dominated the storylines on this night.

With the Stars leading 1-0 in the second period after Nichushkin's first period marker had opened the scoring, the Canucks appeared to equalize the contest just under seven minutes into the middle stanza on a power play after Henrik Sedin snapped the rebound off a blocked Ryan Kesler shot past Dallas netminder Kari Lehtonen.

The goal, however, was waved off immediately after the referees decided that Daniel Sedin had made incidental contact with Lehtonen even though replays showed that Daniel was clearly outside the blue paint.

Nevertheless the call stood and, unfortunately for the Canucks, that was as close as they would get to drawing even on this night despite the fact they fired 43 shots on goal with a good number of those being quality scoring opportunities.

Cole would score the eventual game-winner 1:42 into the third period before Henrik found the back of the net for a goal that actually counted 1:24 after that with his fourth of the season – his first goal in 11 games – on the power play.

Vancouver's record on the season fell to 11-8-3. They have yet to win on their current six-game home stand posting a 0-1-1 record after the first two games.

Roberto Luongo stopped 21 of 23 shots in the loss while Lehtonen turned aside 42 shots in the victory.

The Canucks will look to snap their four-game winless skid on Tuesday when they host the Florida Panthers.

SHOOTING NOT SCORING: With the exception of their 5-1 loss to the Kings two Saturdays ago, the Canucks have out-shot their opponents in every single game of this four-game winless skid. Overall, in their last four games, Vancouver has out-shot their opponents by a combined 140-108 despite being out-scored by a combined 12-4. Sunday marked the fifth time this season the Canucks have recorded 40-or-more shots in a game. Daniel Sedin led the way with 10 shots.

WINS OVER CANADA: The Stars would probably love if they could play all 82 of their games against teams from the Great White North. The Stars' win over the Canucks was their sixth in eight games against Canadian teams this season. They are 6-1-1 against teams from Canada with their only regulation loss coming against the Montreal Canadiens.

NIGHT OF MILESTONES: Several players in Sunday's game celebrated significant milestones in the games played category. Vancouver's Ryan Kesler and Dallas' Vernon Fiddler both dressed for their 600th career NHL game, while the Canucks' Zack Kassian appeared in his 100th career NHL game.

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