NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Vancouver
(Tuesday, January 29th)
Final Score: Dallas 4. Vancouver 3
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Mike Modano recorded a goal and an assist and Marty Turco held off a late surge as the Dallas Stars defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 4-3, at GM Place.
Stephane Robidas, Steve Ott and Trevor Daley also scored for Dallas, which halted a two-game skid and won for the fourth time in its last six overall. The Stars will complete their three-game trip through western Canada on Friday and Saturday against Edmonton and Calgary, respectively.
Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler and Markus Naslund scored for the Canucks, who fell to 1-3-2 in their last six games. With Vancouver starting goaltender Roberto Luongo away from the team for personal reasons, Curtis Sanford got the start but was pulled after he allowed three goals on nine shots. Drew MacIntyre finished with 10 saves.
After Kesler scored near the midpoint of the final stanza to bring the hosts within two, Naslund's goal with 1:20 remaining in regulation made it interesting. The Canucks were buzzing in their offensive zone and Daniel Sedin held control near the left post. Sedin sent a soft pass out to the low slot for Naslund, whose quick wrister lit the lamp.
Despite a 6-on-5 advantage after the goaltender was pulled, the Stars cleared the puck several times and held on for the win.
Dallas opened the scoring at the 15:54 mark of the first period on Daley's second goal of the season. He gained control to the right of the net, drifted along the goal line and lifted home a wrister from near the post just as Vancouver's Matt Cooke crashed into Daley.
Sedin's 10th goal followed shortly after at 18:28 to knot the contest.
The Stars grabbed the lead for good when Modano's 15th goal lit the lamp only 90 seconds into the second period. Niklas Hagman streaked down the left-wing side and slipped a soft drop pass into the high slot, where Modano's rocket one-timer flew past Sanford.
A power-play tally by Robidas at the 4:31 mark gave the visitors a two-goal edge.
In the final stanza, the Stars kept the pressure on in their offensive zone and used a short-handed goal to make it a 4-2 contest. Jeff Halpern cruised down the right-wing side and sent a pass into the low slot for Ott, who redirected it home from close range.
Kesler's wrist shot from the low slot, his 13th goal of the season, with 8:50 remaining in regulation brought the Canucks within 4-2.
Luongo will rejoin the club when it kicks off a four-game road trip in Tampa on Thursday...Sergei Zubov missed his fifth straight game with groin and foot injuries...Dallas is now 14-11-3 on the road this season.
01/30 00:56:44 ET