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VIDEO: Canucks drop 4-1 decision to Stars in Big D
The Vancouver Canucks were a little lost in the Lone Star State last night, dropping a 4-1 decision to the Dallas Stars and captain Jamie Benn, and goalie Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves in his second impressive performance against the whales this season.
It was Vancouver's second straight loss. The Canucks dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to Minnesota on Tuesday.
Chris Higgins had Vancouver's lone goal. Benn scored the opener for Dallas – 4:34 into the first period – and was helped with goals from Colton Sceviour, Erik Cole, and Valeri Nichushkin.
"That was a real good win for us," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said after the game (NHL.com). "We got off to real good start."
Luongo allowed four goals on 19 shots in Vancouver's net, an off night for a goalie who has been at his most stellar during the still-young 2013 campaign. He was replaced by Eddie Lack, who made seven saves on seven shots filling in.
Vancouver's star forwards Henrik and Daniel Sedin, and Ryan Kesler, were held off the score sheet on Thursday night.
Tyler Seguin had two assists for Dallas to take his point total to 35 this season, leading both Dallas and Vancouver in points. Nichushkin, a rookie, had his sixth goal of the season last night – not a bad turnaround for the highly touted Russian, who started off the year cold and with scattered minutes.
"Val (Nichushkin) has really got himself on a nice little run," Ruff said on Thursday. "The first month was sort of an adjustment. He seemed fatigued at times. He looks strong now. He's done a real nice job."
Kari Lehtonen had a strong night for Dallas, his second impressive showing against the Canucks this season. Lehtonen had 42 saves against Vancouver in the clubs' only meeting this season, which Dallas won 2-1 in Rogers Arena.