The Stars (30-23-10) also got goals from center Jamie Benn,
defenseman Alex Goligoski and center Ryan Garbutt.
"I really liked the way the team played," Stars coach Lindy Ruff
said. "They were ready to play, and played hard. There was a lot of
good stuff. We want to keep playing the way we're playing. If we
play the way we've been playing, we'll get results."
Dallas led 3-0 after one period and 5-1 after two. Stars goaltender
Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves to earn his 25th victory of the season.
"We don't even give ourselves a chance," Vancouver coach John
Tortorella said. "We don't even get ourselves in the game and we're
Benn opened the night's scoring when he tapped in a rebound 2:57
into the game. Vancouver goalie Eddie Lack denied Seguin's initial
effort, but Benn was there to knock in the carom for his 24th of the
Seguin then flicked a wrister over Lack's glove from the slot at
7:26 of the first period for a power-play goal to make it 2-0.
Seguin added his second goal of the night at 11:59, blasting a
slapper past Lack's short side from the right point.
The end of the period was marred by an ugly play when Canucks right
winger Zack Kassian earned a boarding major and a game misconduct
for a brutal hit that sent Dallas defenseman Brenden Dillon into the
boards in front of the Vancouver bench 1:30 before the first
"I can't speak for what happens (with the league office), but I know
the play," Tortorella said. "It's a five-minute penalty that can't
happen and those are the things that we can't get ourselves involved
in right now, so it piles up on you but it's the right call."
Kassian immediately headed to the Canucks locker room. Dillon
returned to the ice to begin the second period.
Ruff clearly didn't like the hit on his young defenseman, but feels
the Stars got a nice bit of revenge in the game.
"That was a bad hit," Ruff said. "The retribution is making the
other team pay on the power plays."
Dallas resumed its barrage early in the second when Goligoski beat
Lack top shelf from the right circle for a power-play goal 2:20 into
the period. Garbutt then made it 5-0 with his 12th of the season
with a one-timer from the edge of the left circle off a pass from
Goligoski at 12:08.
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Vancouver (28-27-10) found the score sheet late in the second when
center Zac Dalpe capitalized on Lehtonen misplaying the puck for a
power-play goal 1:45 before the second intermission. Canucks
defenseman Alexander Edler sent the puck behind the Dallas goal from
near center ice, and after the puck deflected off Lehtonen's stick
and right pad, Dalpe knocked in the free puck for his fourth of the
Lack stopped 12 shots before being relieved by Jacob Markstrom to
start the third period. Markstrom made his Canucks debut after he
was acquired in a Wednesday trade with the Florida Panthers.
Seguin completed the hat trick with 7:07 remaining in the third
period when he got the better of Markstrom to his short side to make
it 6-1. It was his 28th goal of the season.
"I really like the way he's played," Ruff said of Seguin. "He's
worked hard in improving his game, and the defending part of his
game. He puts that little smile on his face."
Markstrom stopped four of the five shots he faced.
NOTES: The Canucks scratched RW Brad Richardson and D Ryan Stanton.
... D Aaron Rome was the lone scratch for the Stars. ... Canucks G
Eddie Lack started his fifth consecutive game. ... The first-period,
power-play goal by Stars C Tyler Seguin gave Dallas a power-play
goal in three straight games. Seguin's assist on the power-play goal
by D Alex Goligoski early in the second period was the 100th of his
career. ... Canucks C Shawn Matthias, acquired in a trade with the
Florida Panthers on Wednesday, made his Vancouver debut. ...
Goligoski has a goal in three straight games. ... A representative
from the Carolina Hurricanes was in the press box. ... Vancouver has
allowed five or more goals in a game seven times this season, five
of those coming on the road. ... The announced attendance was
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