Canucks can't capitalize against the Stars, fall 2-1

 

 
 
 
 
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and Dan Hamhuis battle for space in front of their net with Dallas Stars Antoine Roussel.
 
 

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and Dan Hamhuis battle for space in front of their net with Dallas Stars Antoine Roussel.

Photograph by: Ric Ernst, PNG

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VANCOUVER — Stop us if this sounds familiar. The Vancouver Canucks outplayed another opponent Sunday night. And lost.

The goal-starved Canucks outshot the Dallas Stars by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, but again could not finish their opportunities as they dropped a 2-1 decision at Rogers Arena.

It is the fourth straight game the Canucks have only scored one goal. Not surprisingly, they have lost all four.

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The last time the Canucks lost four straight was when the San Jose Sharks swept them in the first round of last season’s playoffs. They remain ninth in the Western Conference but are now only one point ahead of the Stars, who have two games in hand.

The teams appear to be heading in opposite directions. Dallas has now won three straight games, six of its last seven and six straight on the road.

The Canucks, now 11-8-3 on the season, have only two wins in their last eight games. Their home record has fallen to a mediocre 4-4-1.

Erik Cole gave the Stars a 2-0 lead at 1:42 of the third period when he finished off a 2-on-1 rush with Cody Eakin. Vancouver defenceman Kevin Bieksa got caught up ice on the play.

The Canucks cut the lead in half at 3:06 of the third when Henrik Sedin scored on the power play. The Canuck captain converted a rebound off a Ryan Kesler shot from in close for his fourth goal of the season.

It should have been Henrik’s second power-play goal of the night. The Canucks thought they had tied the game at 6:42 of the second when Henrik put a rebound -- again, off a Kesler shot -- past Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen. But the goal was waved off by referee Rob Martell, who ruled Daniel Sedin had made contact with Lehtonen. It was, at best, a marginal call and coach John Tortorella was livid. He stood on the bench screaming at Martell.

With winger Jannik Hansen back after missing 10 games with a shoulder injury, Tortorella juggled his forward lines. Alex Burrows moved up to play with the Sedin twins, while Kesler centered the second line with Chris Higgins and Hansen. Mike Santorelli played between Zack Kassian and David Booth.

Vancouver’s fourth line of Brad Richardson, Jeremy Welsh and Tom Sestito was on the ice when the Stars’ top line struck for the game’s opening goal at 9:33 of the first period.

Tyler Seguin out-muscled Alex Edler on the end boards and fed a backhand pass to Valeri Nichushkin, who slipped it by short side on Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo. Jamie Benn picked up the second assist on the goal.

Sestito and Welsh did not play for the rest of the night.

ICE CHIPS: Shots were 43-23 in favour of the Canucks … Kesler played his 600th NHL game Sunday night … The Canucks meet the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night (7 p.m., Sportsnet Pacific, Team 1040).

bziemer@vancouversun.com

 
 
 
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Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and Dan Hamhuis battle for space in front of their net with Dallas Stars Antoine Roussel.
 

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and Dan Hamhuis battle for space in front of their net with Dallas Stars Antoine Roussel.

Photograph by: Ric Ernst, PNG

 
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and Dan Hamhuis battle for space in front of their net with Dallas Stars Antoine Roussel.
Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin, left, scores on Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. The goal was disallowed as referees ruled Daniel Sedin, left, interfered with the goalie.
Vancouver Canucks Alexander Edler, left, collides with Dallas Stars Vernon Fiddler.
Vancouver Canucks Chris Higgins, left, battles for the puck with Dallas Stars Jordie Benn.
Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) keeps his eye on Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows (14).
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alexander Edler (23) and Dallas Stars centre Vernon Fiddler (38) fight for control of the puck.
Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows (14) fights for control of the puck with Dallas Stars defenceman Stephane Robidas (3).
Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks watches as the puck appears to go in the net against goaltender Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars during the second period of their NHL game at Rogers Arena on November 17, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The goal was disallowed by the referees.
Zack Kassian #9 of the Vancouver Canucks falls into his team’s bench after missing a check against the Dallas Stars.
Dallas Stars defenceman Alex Goligoski (33) pushes Vancouver Canucks centre Mike Santorelli (25) from in front of Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) during second period NHL action in Vancouver, B.C. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo is scored on by Dallas Stars Erik Cole in the third period.
Vancouver Canucks Alex Burrows, centre, is hooked off the puck by Dallas Stars Shawn Horcoff.
Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows (14) crashes into the Dallas Stars net.
Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) tries to clear Vancouver Canucks centre Brad Richardson (15) from in front of the net.
Dan Hamhuis #2 of the Vancouver Canucks checks Jamie Benn #14 of the Dallas Stars into Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo’s net.
Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks takes a shot against goaltender Kari Lehtonen #32 of the Dallas Stars while Daniel Sedin #22 falls down.
Vancouver Canucks Alex Burrows, left, tries to tip the puck past Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.
Vancouver Canucks Ryan Kesler, left, is stopped by Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.
Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin, right, is stopped in the final seconds of the third period.
Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin, left, tussles with Dallas Stars Shawn Horcoff.
Vancouver Canucks Ryan Stanton, left, collides with Dallas Stars Ryan Garbutt.
Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin, right, is stopped in the final seconds of the third period.
Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars in the first period.
Vancouver Canucks Alex Burrows, left, bears down on Dallas Stars Jordie Benn.
Vancouver Canucks Ryan Kesler, left, tangles with Dallas Stars Ryan Garbutt.
Vancouver Canucks Jannik Hansen, left, collides with Dallas Stars Alex Goligoski.
Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks watches goaltender Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars stop a screened shot during the second period of Sunday's NHL game at Rogers Arena.
Vancouver Canucks Chris Higgins, right, battles for the puck with Dallas Stars Brenden Dillon.
Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin, right, is stopped in the final seconds of the third period.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo makes a save.
Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin, left, tussles with Dallas Stars Shawn Horcoff.
Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen makes a save in the third period against the Vancouver Canucks.
Vancouver Canucks Zack Kassian is tied up by linesman Lonnie Cameron as he tries to get at Dallas Stars' Jamie Benn in the third period.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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