Stars 4, Canucks 3

Brenden Dillon doesn’t cheer for the Vancouver Canucks


Playing his first NHL game in his hometown, the 22-year-old

defenseman scored the go-ahead goal with 3 minutes left in the

third period and the Dallas Stars rallied past Vancouver 4-3 on

Friday night to end the Canucks’ six-game winning streak.

”It’s awesome to (score the winner) in front of friends and

family,” Dillon said. ”This is my first trip here to play in

front of Rogers Arena – ever. I grew up watching guys like (Daniel

and Henrik Sedin), guys like (Roberto) Luongo.”

Dillon stole the show and spoiled a record-setting night for

Henrik Sedin after the Vancouver captain became the club’s career

scoring leader. He had two assists to give him 757 points, one more

than Markus Naslund. The former teammates are from the same

hometown of Ornskoldsvik, Sweden.

After he broke the mark, the crowd gave Henrik Sedin an extended

standing ovation – even while he sat on the bench, then when he

went back on the ice and during a TV timeout. During the break, the

Canucks aired a video saluting him, with Naslund offering his


Henrik Sedin responded by raising his stick and clapping in

support of the crowd.

”I don’t know if I should be telling too many people that I’ve

got (posters) of (former Canuck) Pavel Bure and the Sedins on my

wall back home,” Dillon said. ”But it was definitely a pretty

cool experience to come in here and play these guys. It was an even

better feeling to get the win tonight.”

Reilly Smith, Cody Eakin and Antoine Roussel also scored for the

Stars, who overcame a 3-1 deficit to win for the fifth time in six

games. Backup goalie Richard Bachman rebounded from a rough start

and earned the victory in relief of injured Kari Lehtonen.

Daniel Sedin, Chris Higgins and Alex Burrows had goals for the


Dillon, from the Vancouver suburb of Surrey, B.C., toiled for

Texas of the AHL during the NHL lockout and played only one game

for Dallas last season. He gave the Stars the lead for the first

time when he slid behind coverage from his defensive position and

fired Jamie Benn’s cross-ice pass into the top corner of the


”It was a great play by Benn,” Dillon said. ”It was right on

my stick and it was awesome.”

The goal was his third of the season – and his career – but he

said it meant more than the first one. The winning goal Friday came

before 15-20 friends and family members, whose tickets were

purchased by Dillon.

”Good thing we got paid today, because I was running short (of

cash) after I bought those tickets,” he said.

Dillon was on the ice for Higgins’ goal. Dallas coach Glen

Gulutzan said the rookie made up for a slow start.

”I thought that early on he was a little tentative,” Gulutzan

said. ”But then he settled in and scored a huge goal for us.

”When you’re talking young defensemen playing against some of

the best players in the world on this ice right now, I think he did

a pretty good job of settling himself in. … I’m proud of the way

he battled back in this game.”

Lehtonen left in the first period after stopping all seven shots

he faced. Gulutzan said the goalie had a lower-body injury and will

be re-evaluated when the team returns to Dallas.

After allowing three goals on the first six shots he faced,

Bachman stopped 15 straight shots to finish with 21 saves.

”It’s never fun coming in cold,” Bachman said. ”That’s a good

team with a lot of skill, and they started running especially at

the end of the second period, and then we started knocking.

”You just try to stay calm and forget about everything that’s

going on.”

Dallas outshot Vancouver 29-28. The Stars were blanked on four

power plays, while the Canucks could not convert on three.

”I don’t really know what happened,” Henrik Sedin said. ”We

played a good game up to the halfway point and then they took over.

Giving up four goals 5-on-5, that never happens with this team.

Even though they had a few fortunate bounces, they took over the


Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said goalie Cory Schneider would

have liked to have a couple of the Dallas goals back, but his

teammates did not support him offensively.

”He’s bailed us out so many times before that we need to find

ways to be able to win those games when the opportunity is there,”

Vigneault said. ”The opportunity was there and we didn’t do


The loss also spoiled the return of Canucks center Ryan Kesler

from shoulder and wrist surgery. He had an assist in his first game

since last year’s playoffs.

NOTES: Three fights occurred 3 seconds apart in the second

period. In the middle bout, former Ivy League teammates Aaron

Volpatti of Vancouver and Ryan Garbutt of Dallas squared off.

Volpatti and Garbutt played together during three seasons at Brown.

… Dallas wing Ray Whitney, 40, sat out his seventh straight game

with a foot injury. … Stars forward Jaromir Jagr turned 41. …

Canucks defensemen Andrew Alberts and Cam Barker were scratched for

the 13th straight game. They have yet to play this season.

Vancouver forward Andrew Ebbett also was scratched. … Stars

defenseman Aaron Rome played his first game against his former team

since leaving last summer as a free agent.