VANCOUVER - Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen was overworked Sunday night. He recorded 42 saves as the Stars doubled the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 at Rogers Arena.
Lehtonen was ultimately the difference as the Stars (11-7-2) posted their sixth win in seven games and extended their road winning streak to six games. The Canucks (11-8-3) suffered their fourth consecutive loss despite playing well upon returning from a tough four-game road trip against Pacific Division opponents.
Right winger Erik Cole's early third-period goal gave the Stars the win. Valeri Nichushkin also scored for Dallas, while center Henrik Sedin replied for the Canucks.
The Canucks outshot the Stars by a whopping 43-23 count and Vancouver converted on one of five power-play chances while Dallas was blanked on three. But Lehtonen delivered an almost-flawless effort and was aided by a disallowed Vancouver goal.
The Canucks had a goal disallowed at 6:48 of the second period as left wing Daniel Sedin was judged to have made incidental contact with Lehtonen before Henrik Sedin put the puck in during a power play. A replay indicated that Daniel Sedin's skate barely touched Lehtonen and the goaltender fell on his own.
"It was a goal," Henrik Sedin said. "It was a goal. That's the bottom line. I'm not going to talk about it. You saw what happened. (There's) nothing to talk about."
But Canucks coach John Tortorella was more than willing to talk about it. He said no single play should determine the outcome of a game, but was upset that the officials did not review a replay.
"It was a big play in the game," Tortorella said. "I think we need to get the call right. ... It was the wrong call."
Ironically, Lehtonen concurred with Tortorella's assessment. The goaltender also would have preferred to have a replay used.
"I thought they would not call it, but when you see it, maybe there is something -- but not too much," said Lehtonen.
"It happens so fast and, I've said it before, I wish they would maybe use some video replay or something just to make them right."
The Canuck twins' bad luck continued in the second period as Henrik Sedin took an interference penalty and then saw Burrows deflect his pass off the goal post with Lehtonen beaten. Vancouver outshot Dallas 20-5 in the middle frame, but could not score.
Tortorella was willing to take the blame for Cole's goal, which came during a botched Vancouver line change.
The Canucks responded with a power-play goal less than two minutes later as Henrik Sedin's luck finally changed for the better and he put in center Ryan Kesler's rebound during a power play. Kesler's assist came in his 600th career NHL game.
But Vancouver could not beat Lehtonen again.