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The Stars took on the Vancouver Canucks Friday Night to end the their 3 game Western Canadian road trip. Looking to get back in the Win column, Head Coach Glen Gulutzan put Kari back in net, and brought up Reilly Smith to play as one of the top 6 forwards. How could it end?
First Period: The game started with some back & forth play, and an early Interference call on Brenden Dillon. The Canucks controlled play for the most part, and to add to the pressure Roussel was called for High Sticking, getting sent to the box for 2 minutes. After another great penalty kill, Kari Lehtonen was forced to leave the game with an injury... leaving the net to Richard Bachman with 6:11 left to play in the period. Schroeder then sneaks by the Dallas defense and scores the first goal of the night. Though seconds after, the goal was called off because Bachman was hit as the puck went in, keeping the game 0-0. Then with 3:09 left in the period, Reilly Smith scores his first career NHL goal, Assisted by Loui Eriksson and Derek Roy. The period ended with the Stars leading the Canucks 1-0.
Second Period: 31 Seconds into the period, Edler takes a minor penalty to give the Stars their first Power Play of the game. Unsuccessful, the Stars end up giving up 3 unanswered goals (D. Sedin, Higgins, Burrows). On Burrows' goal, Henrik Sedin gets an assist, making him the Canucks' All-Time Leading Scorer. The crowd gave Sedin a standing ovation and continue to stand & scream for several minutes after the goal... giving Vancouver some energy and great scoring chances. Dallas needed some energy on their side to get the game back on their side. With just under 5 minutes in the game, 3 back-to-back-to-back fights did the trick (Garbutt-Volpatti, Fiddler-LaPierre, Nystrom-Weise). 2 minutes later, Cody Eakin scores off a rebound with 2:10 left in the period. Canucks lead the Stars 3-2 after 2 periods.
Third Period: Both teams started the period very aggressive, ready to pick up where the 2nd period left off. After many shots and many hits, Weise puts Goligoski on the ice to give Dallas a PP... and a chance to tie the game. A minute in, the PP is spoiled by a Jagr Hooking minor. After the Jagr minor expires, the Stars continue their very aggressive forecheck to try tying the game, and they do. Corey Schneider struggles with a big crowd in the crease, and Roussel puts the puck to the net to tie the game 3-3 (7:38 left in game). With a delayed penalty awaiting for the Canucks, Jamie Benn passes to Brenden Dillon, and Dillon fires one passed Schneider to give the Stars a 4-3 lead with 3:01 left in the game. The final minutes were spent fighting off the Canucks' offense trying to hold the lead, and Richard Bachman making timely saves. Vancouver send Schneider to the bench, giving them a man advantage, but the Stars hold on to win 4-3 in regulation.
That's right, the Dallas Stars erase a 2 goal deficit in the 3rd period to beat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-3. Brenden Dillon gets the Game Winning Goal as he returns to his home town.