Stars bounced back after losing Kari Lehtonen to injury in the first period
The Dallas Stars ended their Canadian road trip on a high note as they rallied back in the third period to win 4-3 against the Vancouver Canucks after losing goaltender Kari Lehtonen to an injury.
In the first period, the Dallas Stars were just hanging on in there, absorbing the pressure. A big scare happened at the 13:33 mark when Kari Lehtonen took a hard shot off the blocker that knocked the stick out of his hand after a wicked shot by Jordan Schroeder. Richard Bachman replaced him after leaving the game due to an injury. The Stars caught a lucky break when the referee waved off a Mason Raymond goal as he interfered with Bachman. Reilly Smith started off the scoring as he shot the puck past Schneider’s glove for his first NHL career goal at the 16:51 mark.
A Cody Eakin turnover was a big cause in the tying goal of the game as Daniel Sedin backhand the puck into the back of the net over Bachman, who couldn’t freeze it as the Canucks tie the game up 1-1. Another turnover in the defensive zone saw the Canucks go up 2-1 as a deflected puck bounced past Bachman for a Chris Higgins goal. Then the Canucks extended their lead 3-1 as Henrik Sedin made a nice slick pass to Alex Burrows, who scored from close range off the rush.
The Stars had some good chances on their third power play of the period, but couldn’t cut into the lead.
Then three fights shift the momentum for the Stars as the entire fourth line of Eric Nystrom, Vernon Fiddler, and Ryan Garbutt brought life to the Stars as they were buzzing to make up for the two goals that the Canucks had scored earlier. They responded as Cody Eakin cut the Canucks lead to 3-2 as he picked up a loose puck and sneaked it by Schneider.
Then in the third period, Antoine Roussel tied the game up at 3-3 as he drove hard to the net and sneaked one past Schneider at the 12:22 mark of the third period. Brenden Dillon scored the game winner as he went top corner that went past Schenider’s blocker to make it 4-3 as the Stars rallied to win their 8th game of the season.
Canucks: D. Sedin (03:21 – 2nd), C. Higgins (04:14 – 2nd), A. Burrows (09:56 – 2nd)
Stars: Kari Lehtonen (left the game due to injury after stopping seven out of the seven shots he faced)
Richard Bachman (stopped 18 shots out of the 21 shots he faced)
Canucks: Cory Schneider (stopped 25 out of the 29 shots he faced)
Starting Line Up
Scratches: Wandell, Vincour
Injuries: Ray Whitney (foot)
Three Stars of the Game