Dallas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell had a unique experience in Friday night's game against Vancouver. He was awarded his first NHL goal twice. The first one was eventually changed to teammate Radek Faksa, but the second one remained his, and it was the game-winner as the Stars defeated the Canucks, 2-1, at American Airlines Center.
"It feels good," said Lindell, who scored from the left circle midway through the second period to give the Stars a 2-1 lead that would hold up the rest of the game.
The 22-year-old Lindell, who is in his first full NHL season, played 21:13 in the game, second highest total on the team. He registered one goal, one assist, two shots on goal, three shot attempts and three blocked shots.
"He was strong," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "A goal and an assist and I just thought he played a big man's game down low. He was strong on the body and won a lot of battles. The release on both goals, I don't think we score unless he releases it that quick, so I thought Esa did a real nice job for us."
Antti Niemi turned in a big performance in net for the Stars, stopping 30 shots including some big ones in the third period as the Canucks pressed for the game-tying goal.
"I thought it was a heck of a battle for about 50 minutes. When they started to pinch and got all five guys involved, we needed a couple big saves, and we got them," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff.