You hate to see the Stars get swept by a Canadian team but it happened last night. The Vancouver Canucks win 6-2 against the Dallas Stars to sweep them in the season series 3-0. The loss against the Canucks means that the Stars are tied with the Nashville Predators for the first wildcard spot in the Western Conference. Here is what went wrong for the Stars against the Canucks.
Dallas Stars vs Vancouver Canucks: 1st period recap
Jani Hakkanpa would get a shot on Thatcher Demko on a pad rebound by him to start the game off. Stars have started the game with better energy than in the previous game against the Canucks. Joel Kiviranta would get an opportunity on Demko and would get deflected to him to stop play.
Connor Garland would score on a nasty one-timer that Oettinger didn’t have time to react to. Brock Besser would give the Stars their first power play of the game after checking Ryan Suter in the back.
Roope Hintz would immediately capitalize on the power play to tie the game up at 1. What an amazing response goal for the Stars. Hopefully, that will fuel the Stars to score more goals in the period.
The Stars immediately after the goal would constantly attack Demko and I don’t know how its not 2-1 after all the attempts. Jake Oettinger has been a lot better after that goal he gave up. He would stop a couple of attempts by the Canucks to keep the game tied up at 1.
Radek Faksa had a beautiful wide open net to score on but would whiff on the shot. It should be 2-1 Stars right now. Elias Pettersson would sneak around the goal and poke one past Otter to give the Canucks a 2-1 lead late in the 1st period.
At the end of the 1st period, the Canucks lead the Stars 2-1. The Stars lead the Canucks in shots on goal 13-9 and in faceoffs won 10-9. Stars looked good to start off the period but allowed the Canucks to get back in it at the end. Got to score and play defense against Pettersson, you can’t let him hang around the net like that.
Dallas Stars vs Vancouver Canucks: 2nd period recap
Well Brock Boeser wanted to start the 2nd period with some momentum. He scores on a 2-on-1 to give the Canucks a 3-1 lead. Star’s start to the period would start looking bad as Tyler Seguin goes to the box for holding.
Roope Hintz would score a short handed goal on the Canucks power play to cut the Canucks lead to 1. With his second goal of the game, Hintz would go on a hat trick watch.
Midway through the 2nd period, the Stars are leading in the shots on goal category 19-16. They also have the momentum after Hintz’s second goal of the season. Former Dallas Stars player Jason Dickinson would score a goal against his former team to give the Canucks a 2 goal lead again. After the goal, Stars would change goalies to Scott Wedgewood.
Bowness had no choice to pull Oettinger to keep the Stars in the game. John Klingberg’s shot attempt would get deflected into the netting with 7:30 remaining in the second period. After the TV timeout, Klingberg would get another shot attempt but it would be stopped by Demko.
Wedgewood has been sharp since relieving Oettinger of his duties tonight. He has stopped all the Canucks shot attempts since entering the game. Jamie Benn would lose a fight to Luke Schenn which is a very rare thing to see as a Stars fan.
At the end of the 2nd period, the Canucks lead the Stars 4-2. The Canucks lead in shots on goal 27-22. Canucks dominated the 2nd period and its why Oettinger’s night was cut short. Stars can still win this but they will have to have a dominant 3rd period in order for that to happen.
Dallas Stars vs Vancouver Canucks: 3rd period recap
Vasily Podkolzin would score 49 seconds into the 3rd period to make it 5-2 Canucks. After the goal to basically seal the Stars fate tonight, they would ambush Demko but wouldn’t score on any of the attempts.
Jason Robertson would get a good shot that ended up in front of Demko, but the Canucks would clear it. Around the midpoint of the 3rd period, the Stars were trying to trap the puck in the corner of the Star’s zone and was surprised the ref didn’t stop the play sooner. They were trying to trap the puck for about 15-20 seconds in the corner.
Stars look frustrated as mini scrums are starting after the ref blows the play dead. It’s understandable as the Canucks flipped the tables on them in the 1st period and haven’t had an answer for them since.
Stars pull Wedgewood with 5 minutes remaining in the period to try to get a late goal surge going. Pettersson would put the dagger in the coffin to make the final 6-2 Canucks. Stars back at it on Wednesday night against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.