NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Vancouver|
(Tuesday, March 6th)
Final Score: Dallas 5, Vancouver 2
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Mike Ribeiro scored a pair of goals and added
an assist as the Pacific Division-leading Dallas Stars topped the Vancouver
Canucks, 5-2, on Tuesday at Rogers Arena.
Loui Eriksson and Stephane Robidas had a goal and an assist apiece and Jamie
Benn also found the back of the net for the Stars, who have won three straight
and six of their last seven. Richard Bachman made 29 saves in the win and
Michael Ryder added a pair of helpers for Dallas.
"We just stuck with our game plan and kept pushing forward," Ribeiro said.
"It's a team concept right now, and everyone's doing the right thing."
Chris Higgins scored and added an assist and Alexander Edler also scored for
the Canucks, who have dropped two straight and four of five. Roberto Luongo
was touched up for four goals on 28 shots in the loss.
"It was a weird game," Luongo said. "A lot of their goals came right in the
goalmouth and I don't know what to make of it."
After a scoreless first stanza in which Bachman made 10 saves and Luongo made
six, Vancouver opened the scoring 6:45 into the second period.
Higgins collected a loose disc in the neutral zone and turned up ice. He
gained the line on the right wing and moved to the right circle before ripping
a wrist shot low to the far side past Bachman.
Dallas responded by scoring the next three goals.
Skating with the man advantage, the puck made its way out to Trevor Daley at
the right point. Daley took it down the wall below the goal line and threw a
centering pass in front that was tipped home by Eriksson from in close.
The Stars took the lead for good with 23 seconds to play in the second frame
when Ribeiro cruised through neutral ice and went in on a 2-on-1 with Ryder.
Ribeiro held the puck as long as he could before he fired a wrister past
Dallas then made it 3-1 4:25 into the third period after Steve Ott stepped up
from his point position and picked off an outlet pass in the high slot. Ott
then found Benn in the left circle and he fired it home.
Edler made it a one-goal game at 7:55 after he weaved his way though a crowded
neutral zone and sent a soft wrister on net that took a deflection and got
But, Ribeiro restored Dallas' two-goal edge at 11:11 when he rammed home a
centering pass from Ryder and then Robidas capped the scoring with an empty-
netter with four seconds to play.
The Stars have picked up points in eight straight games (7-0-1)...Dallas
improved to 17-4-0 this season when a defenseman scores a goal...The Stars
extended their road winning streak to five straight games...Ryder extended his
point streak to seven games...Dallas improved to 22-0-2 when leading after two
periods of play...Vancouver suffered just its eighth home loss in
regulation...The Canucks went 0-for-3 with the man advantage, while the Stars
were 1-for-4 on the power play.
03/07 02:09:49 ET