Vancouver Canucks surge past Dallas Stars 6-3 on four-goal 2nd period


VANCOUVER – J.T. Miller struck twice on the power play and the Vancouver Canucks scored four second-period goals to defeat the Dallas Stars 6-3 Sunday night.

Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson had a goal and two assists for the Canucks (5-6-1), which are 2-4-0 their last six games. Vasily Podkolzin and Brock Boeser, into an empty net, also scored for Vancouver while defenceman Quinn Hughes had three assists.

The Canucks were three-for-six on the power play. They had collected just three power-play goals on 28 chances in their previous seven games.

Joe Pavelski and Ryan Suter, both on the power play, and Luke Glendening scored for the Stars (4-5-2). Jason Robertson had a pair of assists.

Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko stopped 25 shots. Anton Khudobin made 30 saves for the Stars.

The Canucks scored three goals in just under six minutes, two of them on the power play, to build a 4-2 lead after two periods.

Miller scored Vancouver’s first goal of the game seven seconds after the Stars’ Miro Heiskanen was sent off for tripping. He earned his fourth of the season at 2:19 on a shot from the high slot with Boeser screening Khudobin.

It was Vancouver’s first power-play goal in 18 attempts stretching over five games.

Pettersson made it 3-1 on a power play at 6:37 with a shot through a crowd from above the face-off circle. It was his second of the season and first in 10 games.

Horvat made it 4-1 at 8:10, punching home the rebound of a Tanner Pearson shot.

Vancouver Canucks' Quinn Hughes, from left to right, J.T. Miller and Bo Horvat celebrate Miller's goal against the Dallas Stars during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021.

Glendening cut the lead to 4-2 when he took advantage of a Canucks defensive breakdown at 9:38.

The Canucks had a chance to extend their lead with a two-man advantage for 1:11 but couldn’t beat Khudobin.

Horvat intercepted a pass in the Canucks zone to help set up Podkolzin’s goal at 15:45.

Suter drew the Stars to within one at 3:23 of the third on the power play.

Miller picked up his second of the night on a power play at 13:44.

Pavelski gave the Stars a 1-0 lead at 13:35 of the first period, 26 seconds after Hughes was called for cross-checking. Robertson sent a pass across the front of the net that Pavelski at first had trouble controlling but then found the handle and tucked into the corner for his third of the season.

It was the 10th time in 12 games this season Vancouver surrendered the opening goal.

Just a few minutes earlier Demko had robbed Jamie Benn. Alexander Radulov put the puck on Benn’s stick and he looked to have a wide-open net, but a diving Demko managed to get his stick on the shot.

NOTES: Vancouver defenceman Luke Schenn was scratched for an undisclosed injury. … The Canucks wore their pink Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys during warmup. … Vancouver centre Justin Dowling returned to the lineup and made his home debut against his former team after missing five games with an injury. … Forward Nic Petan has been loaned to the Abbotsford Canucks, Vancouver’s AHL farm team. … The Stars last lost in Vancouver March 30, 2012.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 7, 2021.


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