The Dallas Stars ran their points streak to eight games (7-0-1) with a 5-2 win at Vancouver on Tuesday night. The Stars, who wrapped up their Western Canada road trip with a 3-0-0 record, have won five straight on the road and are 7-1-2 in their last ten games overall. The victory kept the Stars atop the Pacific Division.
The Stars’ top line came up big again. Mike Ribeiro had two goals and one assist, Loui Eriksson had a goal and an assist and Michael Ryder chipped in two assists. Jamie Benn and Stephane Robidas also scored for the Stars. Richard Bachman stopped 29 of 31 shots
There was no scoring in the first, but there were chances. Vancouver’s Zach Kassian got a penalty shot just 24 seconds into the game after he was hooked by Mark Fistric, but lost control of the puck and never got a shot off.
Stars forward Jamie Benn had a couple chances late, just missing on an open net and then getting stopped by Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo on another.
Both teams had seven seconds of power play time in the period.
Vancouver had a 10-5 shots advantage.
The Stars lost defenseman Trevor Daley in the period. He was got twisted around during a scramble in front of the Dallas net and then Canucks forward Alex Burrows fell on top of him. Daley returned to start the second period.
The Canucks took a 1-0 lead at the 6:45 mark of the second period when Chris Higgins scored off the rush, beating Richard Bachman with a shot from the right circle.
But the Stars bounced back with two goals late in the period. The first one came on the Stars’ second power play of the night. Trevor Daley, who was injured in the first but returned to start the second period, centered the puck and in went in the net off the skate of Stars forward Loui Eriksson to tie the game 1-1 at the 16:44 mark.
The Stars took a 2-1 lead with 23 seconds left when Mike Ribeiro scored on a two-on-one, roofing a shot over Roberto Luongo from close range.
After both teams had chances early in the period, the Stars extended their lead to 3-1 on at the 4:25 mark. Following a Canucks turnover, Steve Ott set up Benn, who beat Luongo with a shot from the left circle.
Vancouver made it a 3-2 game at the 7:55 mark when Canucks Alex Edler skated into the Dallas zone and put a shot on net that appeared to hit a stick and went over the shoulder of Bachman.
But the Stars extended the lead again less than four minutes later. Michael Ryder slipped by Daniel Sedin along the right boards and then made a slick centering pass that was tipped into the net by Ribeiro to make it a 4-2 game with 8:49 remaining.
Stephane Robidas rounded out the scoring with a late empty net goal.
Injured: Petersen (personal), Dowell (finger), Morrow (neck/back)