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Canucks snap road skid with win over Stars

DALLAS (AP) -- Daniel Sedin was bloodied and down on the ice for

a few minutes.

After he slowly picked himself up off the ground, the Vancouver

left wing opted to remain in the game instead of going to the

locker room for treatment.

Sedin's twin brother, Henrik, was unimpressed.

"It was nothing," Henrik Sedin said with a straight face. "He's

not a baby."

Daniel Sedin scored the go-ahead goal moments after taking a

stick in the mouth, Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin each had two

goals, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the fading Dallas Stars

5-2 Tuesday night.

The Canucks broke a 1-all tie late in the first on Daniel

Sedin's 27th goal of the season. It came 1:40 after he was

briefly dazed by a high stick from Mark Fistric.

Sedin had a bloody lip, multiple stitches in his mouth and lost

a cap that protected one of his teeth. He also had the

game-winning goal to solidify Vancouver's standing in the

Western Conference.

"I got hit by the high stick," Sedin said. "But it was nice to

score on the power play. We got the lead and that was huge."

Vancouver is 17-4-1 over its past 22 games and has 87 points to

surge into a tie for fourth place in the West with Chicago.

Roberto Luongo stopped 35 shots to help the Canucks snap a

four-game road losing streak.

"It was a gritty game and we found a way to get goals," Luongo

said. "Sometimes you're not going to get a picture-perfect goal,

but you find a way to win."

Dallas lost its fourth straight and has slipped four points

behind Nashville and Anaheim for the final playoff spot in the


Brendan Morrison and James Neal scored for the Stars, who are

4-11-1 since Feb. 21, and Marty Turco stopped 17 shots.

"It's disappointing," Morrison said. "We have nine games to go

and who knows what can happen. We have to approach the next game

like it's the last game of the year."

Henrik Sedin scored early in the second and added an

empty-netter in the waning seconds.

Kesler's goal in the first period tied it, and he added another

at 2:27 of the third to give Vancouver a 4-1 lead.

"We needed a good team effort to win," Daniel Sedin said.

Fistric was given a four-minute penalty at 3:13 of the first

because of the high stick on Sedin.

Sami Salo blasted a shot from the right point that Sedin, who

was still bleeding from the shot he took, deflected past Turco.

Sedin skated into the dressing room for treatment seconds after

giving the Canucks the lead for good.

Sedin was back on the ice for the second period and in time to

assist on his brother's goal.

Henrik Sedin tipped in an attempt by Kevin Bieksa at 1:38 of the

second, Vancouver's third-power play goal of the game.

The Canucks were 3-for-7 with a man advantage. They scored a

pair of power-play goals in beating the Stars 4-2 last Tuesday.

"They have a good power play," Stars coach Dave Tippett said.

"But we made them look awfully good."

Dallas took a 1-0 lead when Morrison took a pass off the

endboards and backhanded a shot past Luongo at 4:44.

Luongo stopped 13 shots in the first and rebounded after giving

up four goals before being pulled in a loss to Phoenix on


Just seconds after going on their first power play, Kesler

scored from the slot to tie the game at 11:06 of the first.



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