The Vancouver Canucks have had trouble scoring lately. They scored just one goal for the fourth straight game. They thought they scored two Sunday night.
The Canucks thought they scored on the power play in the second period when Henrik Sedin put a puck in the net from the left circle, but the referee waved off the goal because he thought Daniel Sedin made contact with Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen in the crease.
Canucks coach John Tortorella did not like the call, and said the NHL needs to change how it handles those calls.
“I don’t think any one play determines a win or a loss in our league, but I think if you go to football the last two minutes, they want to make sure it’s a score. I think we need to get that call right,” Tortorella said. “It’s a goal or a disallowed goal, it’s a big play in a game. I think we need to get the call right. If we can review that, I think we can get the call right, but it’s unreviewable. All the crap we review, and they don’t review a thing like that. I just think that needs to change. It’s the wrong call. It’s the wrong call.”
Stars coach Lindy Ruff said he didn’t review the play.
“I haven’t even looked at it because I didn’t want to comment on it,” Ruff said. “I thought if I didn’t look at it I won’t have to comment on it. I mean I like the call because I don’t have to look at it.”
Cole gets a goal
Stars forward Erik Cole’s goal early in the third period proved to be the game-winner. It was just the second goal of the season for Cole and his first since October 5, when he scored against Washington in the second game of the season.
“It was nice to contribute,” said Cole.
Cole, who played just over five minutes in the November 9 game against Chicago, got bumped up to the second line on this recent road trip due to the injury to Ray Whitney, and Stars coach Lindy Ruff liked what he saw.
“I thought on this road trip Erik really started to play a lot better, finding a little bit of his form,” Ruff said. “Tonight the goal was great, but I thought his effort, his physical play and taking pucks to the net were really good.”
*The Stars have outscored their opposition 21-12 (3.5-2.0 per game) during their six-game road winning streak. That doesn’t include goals awarded for shootout wins.
*The Stars are 7-1-0 in their last eight road games and are 8-5-0 on the road for the season.
*The Stars have won 6 of their last 7 games overall and are 8-2-2 in their last 12 games.
*The Canucks directed 83 shots towards the net, including those that were blocked and those that missed the net. The Stars directed 42 shots on net.
*The Stars blocked 22 shots in the game. Sixteen of the team’s 18 skaters had at least one blocked shot. Jordie Benn was tops with three blocks.
*The Stars had 23 shots on goal. Brenden Dillon and Jamie Benn had four shots each.
*The Stars won 34 of 62 (55 percent) of faceoffs. Rich Peverley won 8 of 12. Cody Eakin won 9 of 14.
*Brenden Dillon led the Stars with 23:32 of ice time.
*The Stars were 0-3 on the power play and 4-5 on the penalty kill.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Erik Cole – Cody Eakin – Alex Chiasson
Shawn Horcoff – Vernon Fiddler – Rich Peverley
Antoine Roussel – Travis Morin – Ryan Garbutt
Brenden Dillon – Stephane Robidas
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn – Sergei Gonchar
Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Injured: Ray Whitney (groin)
Scratched: Lane MacDermid, Dustin Jeffrey
Conditioning: Kevin Connauton
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