NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Dallas
(Friday, November 6th)
Final Score: Dallas 2, Vancouver 1
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Brenden Morrow scored the game-winning goal early in the third period, as the Dallas Stars edged the Vancouver Canucks, 2-1, at American Airlines Center.
Brad Richards scored the other goal for the Stars, who snapped a three-game skid. Marty Turco turned aside 32-of-33 shots for Dallas, which was without leading goal scorer James Neal (groin).
"The guys worked so well in the first two periods, you almost feel like it's one of those games where you deserved some breathing room in the third period, but that certainly wasn't the case," said Turco. "Cory (Schneider) down at the other end, a young kid with a tired team, for him to play that well, was big for them. But in that third period, you could just see the desperation in our guys. It was great to see, it really was a total team effort all night and that third period was wonderful to see, especially after that last game giving up that late goal and forcing overtime. So it was good to close it out."
Mason Raymond had the lone score for the Canucks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Cory Schneider stopped 45-of-47 shots in his first start of the season. Schneider, the reigning AHL goaltender of the year, was recalled last week when it was learned starter Roberto Luongo would be out for some time with a hairline fracture of a rib. Veteran Andrew Raycroft, who has been starting in place of Luongo, was given the game off.
"We played a lot of games, I think nine in the last 14 games and then back-to- back here so I knew guys would be a little tired and it was my job to keep them in it to give us a chance to win," Schneider said. "We really came hard in the third and we almost tied it there a couple of times and just fell short. I think the whole team battled hard and they had a lot of shots, but a lot were from the outside and I saw all of them, which was good."
Down 2-0, Vancouver cut its deficit in half with 11:46 remaining in the third. Kevin Bieksa fired a shot on net from along the right boards at the bottom of the circle. Bieksa's shot went off the pads of Turco, which allowed a charging Raymond to chip the disc into the back of the net.
The Canucks failed to score on a 5-on-3 power play that lasted 18 seconds. They also couldn't capitalize with the extra attacker during the last 1:18 of the contest.
The goaltenders put on a show during a scoreless first period. Schneider stopped 22 shots and Turco made 10 saves.
Dallas broke a scoreless tie at the 8:05 mark of the second. Loui Eriksson gathered the puck along the right boards after the Canucks failed to clear their own zone. Eriksson slid a pass in front to Richards, whose wrister found the upper left-hand corner of the net.
The Stars went ahead 2-0 on Morrow's power-play score at the 3:50 mark of the third. Mike Ribeiro was positioned at the right circle and slid a pass in front to Jamie Benn, who slightly fanned on a pass to Morrow. But the puck made its way to Morrow, who chipped the disc into an open half of the net.
The Stars dropped a 4-3 shootout test in Vancouver on October 11. Dallas has won nine of the last 11 meetings played in Big D in this series...Canucks defenseman Shane O'Brien returned from a one-game suspension...Dallas plays at Minnesota on Saturday, while Vancouver travels to St. Louis on Tuesday.
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