VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Geoff Sanderson scored the tying goal
midway through the third period Saturday night, and Brendan Morrison clinched a
playoff spot for Vancouver 40 seconds into overtime of the Canucks' 3-2 victory
over the Dallas Stars.
Morrison raced in on a two-on-two rush and snapped a 20-foot wrist shot
through the legs of Ron Tugnutt, giving Vancouver its first win over Dallas
Daniel Sedin also scored as fifth-place Vancouver moved within one point of
the Stars in the race for home-ice advantage in the first round of the Western
Dan Cloutier made 22 saves for the Canucks, who posted consecutive wins for
the first time in a month, and moved one point behind Colorado in the Northwest
Pierre Turgeon and Brenden Morrow scored, and Tugnutt made 27 saves for the
Stars, who lost for the first time in 70 games when leading after the second
Playing without suspended goaltender Marty Turco, three top defensemen and a
couple of key forwards, the fourth-place Stars still moved within four points
of San Jose for first place in the Pacific Division. Dallas will play in San
Jose on Sunday.
Morrow and Sedin traded first-period goals before Turgeon put the Stars
ahead 1:25 into the second after Shayne Corson muscled Henrik Sedin off the
puck inside the Vancouver blue line. Corson fed a quick pass to Turgeon, alone
in front of the net, and Turgeon beat Cloutier on the far side with a move to
Even without top defenders Sergei Zubov, Teppo Numminen and Jon Klemm, the
Stars managed to shut things down the rest of the second period. But they
needed Tugnutt to be sharp when the Canucks came out flying early in the third.
Tugnutt played just his eighth game as Turco sat out the first of a
four-game suspension for hitting Edmonton's Ryan Smyth in the mouth with his
Tugnutt made a handful of spectacular saves before Brent Sopel spotted the
speedy Sanderson behind the Dallas defense with a perfect pass out of his end.
Sanderson raced in and beat Tugnutt with a wrist shot.
The Stars were 61-0-8 when leading after 40 minutes _ the longest active
streak in the NHL and the third-longest ever. It looked like that run might
continue as Tugnutt made sprawling stops on Henrik Sedin on a late power play,
and Markus Naslund rolled a puck through the crease with 2:30 left.