Clinching a playoff spot will have to wait until at least Saturday night as the Canucks gave up four third period goals to the Stars in a 5-1 loss in Dallas Thursday night at the American Airlines Center.
Following a scoreless first period, Vancouver, playing the fifth of a season-high five-game road trip, opened the scoring thanks to former Stars forward Derek Roy's second goal in three games and sixth of the season 6:38 into the second period. Dallas replied at the 12:09 mark and it was 1-1 after 40 minutes.
The wheels, as the saying goes, fell off in the third period. The game-winner got past Cory Schneider 1:36 into the frame and less than three minutes later it was 3-1 Stars, who kept their foot on the gas scoring another two goals to inch closer to a playoff spot.
Vancouver still controls its own destiny with four games remaining in the regular season, three at home and one away, beginning Saturday night at Rogers Arena against the Detroit Red Wings.
AND ANOTHER THING...
Dear Dallas press box, Thank you for the big pink basket of candy. Love, Derek.
Tweet of the Night - "True fact: If the #Canucks win tonight, they will have 57 points, which is notable because Heinz has 57 varieties." - @passittobulis. Well, they didn't win, but when they get to 57 points, this will be a great did-ya-know factoid.
This and that - Each member of Vancouver's top line had at least two minutes in penalties; this was Vancouver's fifth regulation loss of the season when scoring first; the Canucks had gone eight straight games and killed off 30 consecutive penalties, dating back to April 1st, before giving up a power play goal late in the third; Alex Burrows leads the NHL with 25 minor penalties; Vancouver led in all five games on their road trip.
Well played - Moments after Derek Roy scored against his former team, the in-arena DJ played Somebody That I Used To Know, by Gotye. Now that's just funny.
Anthem confusion - There was a moment of silence prior to the anthems to honour the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy and pay tribute to those impacted by the fertilizer plant explosion in West Texas. After the moment of silence, the anthem singer transitioned right into The Star Spangled Banner, leaving O Canada for second. This caused a world of confusion, but was very well played.