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Ryan Kesler scores shootout winner as Canucks defeat Stars 4-3

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VANCOUVER, B.C. - Ryan Kesler's shootout goal led the Vancouver Canucks a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night.

The Canucks (2-3-0) posted their second straight victory after starting the season with three losses. Dallas (1-0-3) lost for the third time in its first four outings under new coach Marc Crawford.

Kesler and Alex Burrows scored power-play goals, while Willie Mitchell scored even-strength for the Canucks in regulation before a sellout crowd of 18,818 at General Motors Place.

The Canucks played without high-scoring winger Daniel Sedin, who is out four to six weeks with a broken left foot sustained in Wednesday's 7-1 victory over Montreal. His usual linemate and twin brother Henrik recorded two assists.

Mike Ribeiro, Brad Richards and rookie Jamie Benn, with his first NHL goal, replied for the Stars.

Dallas outshot Vancouver 36-25, but the Canucks capitalized on the Stars' penalty troubles, converting on two of four power plays. Dallas scored on one of five man-advantage opportunities.

The score was tied 1-1 after the first period and the Canucks led 2-1 after the second.

Dallas pressured the Canucks early. Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo was forced to make a tough save on James Neal in the game's opening minute.

Ribeiro gave the Stars a 1-0 lead on a power play 6:09 into the first period. His shot was going well wide, but Vancouver winger Rick Rypien inadvertently deflected the puck behind Luongo.

Vancouver defenceman Sami Salo was off for hooking at the time. It was the second of three straight power plays that the Stars enjoyed in the first eight minutes of the game.

The Canucks later lost the oft-injured Salo for the night as he suffered another undetermined health problem in a collision with Benn.

Kesler tied the game 1-1 on a power play at 14:45 of the first. He whipped a wrist shot over the glove of kneeling Dallas goaltender Marty Turco, who went down too early while having a clear view of the shooter. The goal came while Dallas centre Tom Wandell was serving an interference penalty.

Burrows, filling in for Daniel Sedin, on the power play, put Vancouver ahead 2-1 during a man-advantage situation at 16:15 of a previously uneventful second period. Standing on Turco's doorstep, he took Mikael Samuelsson's pass from the left face-off dot and swept the puck around the Dallas goaltender.

Loui Eriksson had a chance to draw the Stars even in the final minute of the middle frame, but Luongo robbed him on a clear breakaway to preserve the Canucks' lead after 40 minutes.

Richards tied it 2-2 4:58 into the third period as he retrieved his own rebound and snuck the puck around Luongo while back-tracking behind the net.

Mitchell gave the Canucks a 3-2 lead about two minutes later as he poked in Steve Bernier's rebound. Mitchell's goal was his already second of the season. The defensive defenceman has never scored more than three in a regular-season or playoffs.

Benn, a Victoria native who was playing an NHL game in his home province for the first time, tied the game 3-3 with only 1:33 left in regulation time as he converted a goal-mouth pass from Stephane Robidas.

Notes: Guillaume Desbiens made his NHL debut with the Canucks after he was called up Saturday from Manitoba of the AHL to fill Daniel Sedin's roster spot. Desbiens, a 24-year-old Alma, Que., native, was a 2003 fourth-round draft choice of the Atlanta Thrashers and signed with the Canucks as a free agent in July after playing for Manitoba last season . . . Henrik Sedin played in his 340th consecutive game. He ranks third on the NHL ironmen list behind Jay Bouwmeester of Calgary and Carolina's Eric Staal . . . Dallas lost antagonistic winger Steve Ott to an injury in the opening 20 minutes.

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