The Dallas Stars won for the sixth time in their last seven games, beating the Vancouver Canucks, 5-1, at American Airlines Center Thursday night. The Stars broke a 1-1 tie with three goals in the first half of the third period to take control of the game. Vernon Fiddler, Cody Eakin, Jamie Benn, Ray Whitney and Erik Cole scored goals for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 37 of 38 shots.
Stars take control in third period
The Stars turned the a 1-1 game into a 4-1 game by rattling off three goals in 5:27 early in the third period. Cody Eakin got things started, scoring on a two-on-one at the 1:24 mark to put the Stars up 2-1. Jamie Benn and Ray Whitney followed with goals to break the game open for the Stars.
Lehtonen sharp in return
Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen was sharp in his return from a groin injury, stopping 37 of 38 shots. Lehtonen, who missed the last three games, was particularly sharp in the first two periods, stopping 26 of 27 shots.
Fiddler, Whitney stay hot
Stars center Vernon Fiddler continued his torrid scoring pace since the trade deadline. His goal in Thursday’s game gave him 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in the eight games since the April 3 trade deadline.
Stars left wing Ray Whitney ran his points streak to six games (4 goals, 6 assists) with his third period goal that extended the Stars lead to 4-1.
The Stars and Canucks skated to a scoreless first period. Vancouver, which had the only power play of the period, had a 12-10 shots advantage.
The Canucks broke the scoreless tie at 6:38 of the second period. Derek Roy chipped a loose puck past Alex Goligoski, broke in one net and beat Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen with a backhand shot to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead.
The Stars went on their first power power play of the game midway through the second and scored to tie the game just after it expired when Eric Nystrom set up Vernon Fiddler, who put the puck into the
The Stars went on a power play with 1:13 left in the second and came close to scoring when Jamie Benn hit the post and the puck was on the goal line before Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts swept the puck away.
After Aaron Rome made a sharp defensive play to break up a scoring chance for the Canucks, the Stars got a two-on-one the other way and Reilly Smith set up Cody Eakin, who beat Canucks goalie Cory Schneider with a wrist shot to put the Stars up 2-1 at the 1:36 mark.
The Stars extended the lead to 3-1 at the 4:09 mark when the Canucks coughed up the puck in their own end and Jamie Benn capitalized, ripping a puck past Schneider.
Less than three minutes later it was 4-1 when Brenden Dillon put a shot on net from the left point and Ray Whitney banged home the rebound from close range.
Erik Cole added a power play goal with 1:42 left to make it a 5-1 game. A scrum followed that goal leading Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas and Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts to get misconducts.
Injured: Chiasson (shoulder), MacDermid (chest)
Scratched: Jordie Benn