Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Erik Cole scored a pair of goals to help the
Dallas Stars in a 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.
Ryan Garbutt, Tyler Seguin, and Jamie Benn each scored a goal with an assist,
and Cody Eakin also lit the lamp for the Stars, who have won five straight
Kari Lehtonen stopped 43-of-46 shots in the win.
Ryan Miller was lifted in the second period after he allowed five goals on 13
shots for the Canucks, who have dropped two straight after opening the season
with three straight wins.
Radim Vrbata, Zack Kassian and Jannik Hansen each scored in the setback.
Garbutt took control of the puck in his defensive zone and passed it up to
Antoine Roussel, who fed it back to Garbutt entering the offensive zone.
Garbutt then centered it out in front and the puck was deflected past Miller
by a sliding Vancouver defenseman as Garbutt was credited with his first goal
of the season.
With Dallas on the power play later in the frame, Hansen raced up the ice on a
breakaway and Lehtonen stopped his backhand attempt to keep the Stars in
Dallas would took advantage of the power play seconds later. After a faceoff
win by Shawn Horcoff in the neutral zone, Cole took a pass from Jordie Benn in
the slot and wristed a shot past Miller for a 2-0 lead.
The Stars added another goal late in the opening period, with Jamie Benn
wrapping around the net and hitting Seguin with a pass at the right circle. A
Canucks defenseman crashed into Miller on the wraparound and Seguin blasted it
into the open net to make it 3-0 with 43 seconds remaining.
Dallas didn’t wait long to add on to its lead early in the second with two
quick goals. Jamie Benn rifled a slapshot off the blocker of Miller, then the
puck caromed off Miller’s stick and into the net 48 seconds in. Eakin’s tally
less than 30 seconds later gave the Stars a 5-0 lead and also ended Miller’s
night in the process.
Vrbata received a pass from Daniel Sedin from behind the crease and wristed it
into an open net from a tight angle to get Vancouver on the board. However,
Cole lit the lamp 65 seconds later to restore the five-goal cushion.
Kassian made a timely deflection of Christopher Tanev’s shot to trim the
deficit to 6-2 with 6:05 left in the second.
Hansen then potted his first of the season 6:45 into the third with a wrist
shot from the slot to beat a screened Lehtonen.
Horcoff had a pair of assists in the win … Dallas has registered a point in
five of six games this season … Including his two goals on Tuesday, Cole now
has eight goals in his last seven games against the Canucks … Sedin has at
least one point in each of the five games this season for Vancouver … Eddie
Lack made 14 saves in relief of Miller, who allowed just six goals over his
first three starts entering Tuesday.