Vancouver, BC, Canada (4E Sports) – Antoine Roussel and defenseman Brenden Dillon tallied third period goals to carry the Dallas Stars to a come-from-behind 4-3 triumph over the Vancouver Canucks Friday at Roger Arena.
Roussel tied the game with 7:38 left and Dillon, playing his first game in his hometown, scored the winner with 3:01 remaining in regulation as the Stars (8-6-1) rallied from a 3-1 second-period deficit en route to their fifth win in six outings.
However, the celebration was marred an injury to goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who left with 6:11 left in the first period after hurting his groin.
Lehtonen left the game shortly after making a save with his right arm that knocked the stick out of his hand. He skated to the Stars’ bench and tried to stretch but to no avail.
Among this year’s NHL top goalies with a .933 save percentage, Lehtonen will be re-evaluated Saturday.
He was replaced by Richard Bachman, who tallied 18 saves but allowed three goals in the second period. Reilly Smith scored his first goal of the year and Cody Eakin tallied his second for the Stars.
The Stars also spoiled a career night by Henrik Sedin, who became the Canucks’ all-time leading scorer after issuing assists to twin brother Daniel and Alexandre Burrows. He now has 767 career points, all with the Canucks (8-3-2).
Selke Trophy-winning center Ryan Kesler marked his return to the Canucks with an assist on Chris Higgins’ goal while netminder Cory Schneider finished with 25 saves as Vancouver had its win streak snapped at six games.
Smith gave the Dallas an early lead in the first period with assists from Loui Eriksson ad Derek Roy but Daniel Sedin scored his fourth goal of the season to tie the game in the second quarter.
Higgins and Alex Burrows followed Sedin’s lead, scoring their third and fourth goals, respectively, to give the Canucks a 3-1 advantage.
Eakin closed the gap by banging in a loose puck off Schneider’s skate and Roussel tied the game with 7:38 left before Dillon delivered the go-ahead score with his third goal of the year.