Dallas at Vancouver

Neal caps Stars rally with shootout winner at Vancouver

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Dallas Stars found a bright spot in a 4-1 loss in Edmonton on Saturday night: They still had plenty of energy Sunday night.

Rookie James Neal scored the winning goal in the fifth round of the shootout and Dallas rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2.

The Stars won despite not arriving in Vancouver until late Sunday morning after their late flight out of Edmonton was canceled following their loss Saturday.

"Last night we didn't show up, so we had a lot of energy left tonight," said Mike Ribeiro, who tied the game on a second-period power play.

Ryan Kesler put the Canucks ahead in the fourth round of the shootout, but Mike Modano tied it with a shot that trickled in off Jason LaBarbera's glove. After Marty Turco stopped Alex Burrows' deke, Neal, who started the comeback with a pretty pass to Modano late in the first period, beat LaBarbera over the blocker.

"A lot of travel today but we found a way to get two points," said Neal, who also scored in Edmonton, giving him five goals in the previous five games.

Modano had a goal and an assist to go with his crucial shootout tally. And Turco overcame two first-period goals for a second successive night to finish with 33 saves through overtime as Dallas improved to 6-2-1 in its past nine games.

"The energy level for me was as good as it could have been," said Turco after his ninth consecutive start. "Sometimes I find it easier on the second nights of back-to-back just because you are kind of in that mode already."

Kyle Wellwood and Darcy Hordichuk scored in regulation for the Canucks, who also lost a shootout Friday night in Atlanta, and are 1-5 in shootouts this season.

"It's definitely tough to lose two in a row in shootouts," said Wellwood, who did score in the shootout. "I don't think it's something we look forward to, and we haven't had success with it this year and we're giving away points."

LaBarbera, making his third start in four nights -- but first in his hometown -- since being acquired from Los Angeles five nights earlier, fell to 0-5 in shootouts this season.

"I've been feeling good, it's just the darn shootouts," LaBarbera said. "If you guys have any tips, tell me. ... It sucks because in my career I've been really good at them. I couldn't tell you what's going on."

LaBarbera made six of 34 saves in overtime, but his best came in the third period. He robbed Steve Ott on a one-timer off the rush two minutes into the third, but saved his best stop for a Stars' power play 10 minutes later, diving with his glove on the goal line to take an empty net away from Ribeiro.

"Jason down at the other end played awesome tonight, made some great saves," said Turco, who answered with a sprawling stop to rob Mason Raymond on an equally empty net after a 2-on-1 feed from Wellwood less than a minute later.

Wellwood opened the scoring 2:11 in with his 14th goal, driving to the net to redirect Steve Bernier's pass out of the corner past a prone Turco. It was a quick response from the Canucks' second line after being called out publicly by coach Alain Vigneault after the 4-3 shootout loss in Atlanta.

Hordichuk doubled the lead on a similar play with 4:20 left in the first, but Modano closed the gap by beating defenseman Mattias Ohlund to the net on a 2-on-2 rush and redirecting Neal's pass behind LaBarbera with 10 seconds left.

Ribeiro tied it shortly after the first penalty -- for too many men on the ice, the Canucks' NHL-worst ninth bench minor -- in a two-man advantage expired, firing a cross-ice pass from Jere Lehtinen past a sprawling LaBarbera.


  • New Canucks C Mats Sundin, who didn't join the team on its two-games-in-two-nights road trip through Nashville and Atlanta, practiced Sunday morning, but still isn't sure when he'll play his first game since signing Dec. 18.
  • Canucks goalies Roberto Luongo and Curtis Sanford both tested injured groins on the ice Sunday morning with goaltending consultant Ian Clark. There is still no timetable for Luongo, who missed his 20th game, but Sanford is expected to return this week.
  • Dallas D Darryl Sydor played his 1,200th career game.
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Alexander Edler's Canucks have the upper hand here, but Mike Ribeiro's Stars pull off the win.  (Getty Images)
Alexander Edler's Canucks have the upper hand here, but Mike Ribeiro's Stars pull off the win. (Getty Images)
Dallas  (17-16-5) «11001 (3)3
Vancouver (21-15-5)20000 (2)2
Three Stars
J. LaBarbera

Saves: 34
Save Pct.: .944
M. Modano

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
J. Neal

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
02:11Kyle Wellwood (14), Tip-In. Assist: Bernier
15:40Darcy Hordichuk (4), Tip-In. Assist: Jaffray, Bolduc
19:50Mike Modano (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Neal, Eriksson
13:51Power Play - Mike Ribeiro (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lehtinen, Modano
 Kyle Wellwood (3), GOAL
 Loui Eriksson (1), GOAL
 Ryan Kesler (1), GOAL
 Mike Modano (2), GOAL
 James Neal (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
10:00Conner, 2 min, Hooking
11:49Wellwood, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
13:14Kesler, 2 min, Roughing
06:55Bieksa, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
10:09Conner, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Marty Turco 65:0033252
Jason LaBarbera 64:4934253
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
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Referees - Chris Lee, Francois St-Laurent
Linesmen - Thor Nelson, Lyle Seitz
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Min 2 Final
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