Stars out for revenge against Canucks
What can the Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars do for an encore?
The Canucks host the Stars Friday in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarter-final (CBC, 9 p.m. ET) after outlasting Dallas in a series-opening marathon.
In a game that started Wednesday evening, Henrik Sedin scored to end the sixth-longest game in NHL history, giving Vancouver a victory early Thursday morning.
Sedin took a pass from his brother Daniel in the slot and fired the puck in the net at 18:06 of the fourth overtime period to give the Canucks a 5-4 victory.
Markus Naslund, Daniel Sedin and Mattias Ohlund each had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, while Bryan Smolinski also scored. Five other Canucks notched assists.
"I felt better the more we played," Henrik Sedin told Hockey Night in Canada. "It was nice in the fifth and sixth periods to feel you've got your legs."
Sedin's goal made up for the fact that Vancouver squandered a two-goal lead in the third period.
"It would have been very difficult to lose this game," Canucks veteran Trevor Linden said. "To be up two and let that go, to lose would have been a bitter pill to swallow. It's nice we got the win and can move on."
At 78 minutes, six seconds, the overtime was the longest since Dallas went 80 minutes, 48 seconds in overtime before losing 4-3 to Anaheim on April 24, 2003. Many of the current Stars were in that game.
The longest overtime game in NHL history was on March 24, 1936, when Detroit needed 116:30 of extra time to beat the Montreal Maroons 1-0.
"Everybody talked about how evenly matched these two teams were," said Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault after the game. "And tonight was an indication of how we are evenly matched."
The Canucks played most of overtime without forwards Matt Cooke (groin injury) and Alex Burrows (upper body injury).
Roberto Luongo made 72 saves in his first NHL playoff game, turning aside all 36 shots he faced after regulation.
'Hard game to play'
"I got all the experience I needed in one game," Luongo said. "I think everybody was exhausted. It's a hard game to play. Guys were battling the whole time and trying not to make mistakes."
Marty Turco finished with 43 saves for Dallas.
The result continued some dispiriting trends for Turco and the Stars. The team lost three overtime games inits opening round defeat last year, while Turco now has an 0-5 record in playoff openers.
"It's really disappointing right now," Turco said. "It's frustrating but I'm sure we'll turn it into a positive, too. We just have to find a way to get more pucks … and sustain the pressure down there even more."
Dallas coach Dave Tippett said the team has to put the heartbreaking loss behindit and move on.
"We've got to have that same determination, same will [in Game 2] and we'll start turning this tide going our way," Tippett said.
The series shifts to Dallas for Games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday.
With files from the Canadian Press