NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Vancouver
(Wednesday, January 3rd)
Final Score: Vancouver 2, Dallas 1 (SO)
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Ryan Kesler's sixth-round shootout goal was the difference, as the Vancouver Canucks slipped by the Dallas Stars, 2-1, at GM Place.
With each team having scored once through five full rounds, Kesler used a backhand shot at the edge of the crease for the deciding tally, beating Stars goaltender Marty Turco before he could poke-check the puck away. Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo then stopped Stu Barnes on his wrister from the slot to seal the victory.
Mattias Ohlund scored in regulation for the Canucks, winners of a season-high five straight games. Luongo stopped 39 shots in regulation and five in the shootout.
"It was our second game in two nights," said Luongo. "With 40 shots, it wasn't an easy game physically but we got the job done."
Loui Eriksson posted the only goal of the night for the Stars, who have dropped their last two. Turco made 20 stops through the first 65 minutes, and surrendered two goals on six chances in the shootout.
"We certainly played hard and deserved an opportunity to get two points," said Turco. "But, we had some power plays that we couldn't capitalize on."
Vancouver struck first while on the power play with 62 seconds remaining in the first period, as Ohlund's left circle blast snuck in high on the short side past Turco. The Stars goaltender set himself up for the score, as his delay-of-game penalty put Dallas a man down.
Eriksson tied things up at 1-1 midway through the second period, taking a Patrik Stefan lead-pass at center ice, breaking in, and sticking a backhander along the ice and through Luongo's pads. Eriksson had a step on a pair of Canucks players because he had exited the penalty box right before Stefan spied him in the clear.
The Canucks survived two crucial shorthanded situations, one which bridged the end of the third period and the start of overtime, as well as one at the end of overtime just to make it to the shootout.
Dallas has won seven of the last eleven meetings...Canucks captain Markus Naslund has gone 16 games without a goal...Vancouver scored the game's lone power-play goal in their six opportunities, and Dallas came up empty in seven chances.
01/04 01:33:15 ET