The Lonestar W
The Hat Trick
Kassian wasn’t involved in either goal against the Stars but provided a solid net presence in front of Kari Lehtonen as Sedin picked out Raymond for the game’s opening goal.
The speedy winger later burst into the Stars’ zone to set up a streaking Kevin Bieksa who ripped home the game-winning goal.
Sedin Stands Tall
Twice a member of Vancouver’s top defensive pairing jumped up into the rush, giving the Canucks the necessary numbers to work the puck around Lehtonen.
Dan Hamhuis’ tip on a pass towards Raymond was only one-upped by Bieksa’s brilliant break up ice in the third, giving the Canucks the much-needed insurance goal.
Cory Schneider was solid in the Canucks crease on Thursday, stopping 24 shots fired by the Stars including a second period penalty shot from Mike Ribeiro.
Schneider deserved a shutout against the Stars, but couldn’t keep himself from wandering from the crease, causing confusing as Vernon Fiddler snuck in to steal the puck and poke it into the gaping cage.
Canucks fans can only pray this will be the last case of their goaltenders getting caught behind the red line. Vancouver’s goaltending tandem is too good to be giving up easy ones like Fiddler’s first for the Stars on Thursday.
The Canucks brought an inspired effort in Dallas only 24 hours after losing one of their leaders in a frustrating game against the Blackhawks.
Thursday’s game also featured a number of scrums and physical confrontations, setting the tone for what can be expected to be an exciting and animosity-filled Stanley Cup Playoffs.
While fans were still frustrated over the loss of Daniel Sedin hours earlier, the Canucks’ response in day one after Daniel was a solid step in the right direction.
“That hate is building for sure, they’re a team that still could be a first round matchup.” Kevin Bieksa was honest about the animosity towards the Stars on Thursday.
1st. Cory Schneider – SAVE PCTG: 0.962
2nd. Henrik Sedin – GOALS: 0| PTS: 2| ASST: 2 SOG: 0| PLUS/MINUS: 2
3rd. Vernon Fiddler – GOALS: 1| PTS: 1| ASST: 0 SOG: 2| PLUS/MINUS: -1
Vancouver 2, Dallas 1
When: 8:30 PM ET, Thursday, March 22, 2012
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Referees: Brad Watson, Wes McCauley
Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Mike Cvik