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Canucks’ takedown of Stars puts damper on Dallas playoff dreams

Reid Boucher and Nic Dowd are close to the ground of Vancouver’s scoring leaderboard, with the Canucks sitting close to the ground of the standings.

They blended to assist Vancouver pull Dallas down towards the ground Sunday evening.

Boucher and Dowd each and every scored on the ability play in a Four-1 win over the reeling Dallas Stars, who’re caught in an Zero-6-2 skid.

The Vancouver Canucks scored 4 unanswered objectives to most sensible the Dallas Stars Four-1, handing them their Eighth-straight loss. Zero:29

It was once the 3rd objective of the season for each and every of Vancouver’s wonder individuals. Dowd wasn’t even meant to be on the ice on the ability play.

“We were short a guy, and he jumped on the ice,” Canucks trainer Travis Green mentioned. “I think I was yelling at him for going out there, and then yelling at him for scoring.”

Benn, Seguin close down

Jake Virtanen scored within the 3rd duration, and Tyler Motte added an empty-net objective with 41 seconds left.

“It was nice to get contributions throughout our lineup,” Green mentioned. “Really four young guys getting on the scoresheet was nice.”

Dallas’ Mattias Janmark scored a short-handed objective within the first duration. Thirty seconds later on the similar Vancouver energy play, Boucher scored. All 3 of Boucher’s objectives have come within the Canucks’ two video games at Dallas.

Vancouver close down the Stars’ line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov, who had scored no less than one objective in each and every of Dallas’ earlier 8 video games.

“They’re as good as it gets in the league,” Green mentioned. “We put the (Brandon) Sutter line against them as much as we could. [Goalie Jacob Markstrom] was great, made some big saves on those guys.”

Markstrom had 30 saves, together with one on a 2-on-1 rush within the first duration.

“[Michael] Del Zotto did a real good job of kind of forcing them to make a difficult pass,” Markstrom mentioned. “It was a slow pass to give me time to get over.”

Canucks get uncommon win

The Canucks, tied for 28th within the NHL forward of most effective Arizona and Buffalo, received for the second one time in 10 video games.

“You see the guys crack a smile now,” Dowd mentioned. “Regardless of where you are in the standings, you want to win every single night.”

Dowd scored his objective with one 2nd left on a four-minute energy play in the second one duration.

The Stars have all however fallen out of playoff rivalry. With six video games last, they’re 5 issues in the back of St. Louis for the second one wild card from the Western Conference. The eight-game shedding streak is the longest for the reason that Stars moved to Dallas in 1993.

“We don’t deserve to win right now,” Stars defenseman John Klingberg mentioned. “We don’t have any confidence at all the way we’re playing right now.”

Dallas trainer Ken Hitchcock agreed.

“I think when your scoring chances are all in the first half of the game and not in the second half, that’s kind of telling,” he mentioned. “I think losing does that, you do lose confidence.”

Jussi Jokinen assisted on the Canucks’ first two objectives.

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