DALLAS – It was not a surprise that Elias Pettersson tied Pavel Bure's franchise record for points of a rookie Sunday evening.
Tim Schaller scores two goals? It qualifies as a surprise.
Here's what we learned from Canucks' 3-2 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night.
Schaller hits gold
Schaller, the Boston franchise, entered the match without a goal in 34 games like a Canuck. He then scored his first of the season in the first minute of the game and his second 10 minutes later before the stars changed their game plan to include him.
Jamie Benn broke Jacob Markstrom's shutout bid late in the second period before former Canuck Taylor Fedun pushed a relax through Canuck's goalkeeper with four minutes back in regulation.
After Canucks had not converted a power play into overtime, Markstrom stopped all four Stars shootout attempts. Josh Leivo then potted the game winner.
The winner gave Canucks five points in their last three games. It was also their third victory over the stars in their last 18 meetings.
"It was amazing, "Schaller said." It hasn't been praise for me this season, but I've worked hard. I absolutely deserved it. "
He was asked if zero in the target column weighed on his mind.
"I think about it every day," he said. "But I knew it came."
"It's been hard, but the boys in the room have been good," Schaller continued. "When I get to the rink, I'm there to have fun and work hard. I'm not sad. I'm leaving it outside."
"He was on fire," Pettersson said. "It was fun to see."
Pettersson binds Pavel
Pettersson set out Schaller's second goal, bending Bure's record for rookie points as part of an eventful night. Early in the second period, Pettersson was denied a penalty when Stars & # 39; goal keeper Anton Khudobin seemed to throw his stick in the puck.
On-ice officials found Khudobin had accidentally lost control of his stick. Or something. Had they ruled it was intentional, Pettersson would have gotten a goal.
The slender Swede now has 60 points in the season. He finished with three shots online and 10 shots. In overtime he also created Troy Stecher while drawing a triple minor at Benn. Khudobin made three stops on the subsequent Canucks' power play, his best on an Alex Edler timer.
"I'm really proud of that, "he said of the post." Was it Bure? He was a pretty good player. "
At the penalty kick, Pettersson said: "I didn't get an explanation. I thought he made a clean poke check, but in the replay it looks like he threw the stick in the puck. That's what it is. We won the game."
It was pointed out to Green that it looked as if Khudobin threw his stick.
"It didn't look like that. He threw it."
Ground stream on the mark
Markstrom turned into another professional performance, stopped 44 of 46 in regulation and overtime, and then stopped in order of Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov, Jamie Benn and Roope Hintz in the shootout.
"I'm just trying to stop the puck," Markstrom said of his approach to shootouts. "It worked well today. Not so much the last time (Friday's 3-2 shootout loss to New Jersey)."
Thatcher Demko will probably get the start in Chicago on Monday night, his fourth season.
Green was asked about Demko's workload and speed.
"I have not mapped them," he said. "It hasn't changed. We don't just want to play Demko every night. He has to play his games. He'll play what we think is enough.
˚Do I want to play (Demko)? I do. I like Dams. I'm not worried about his progress. I think it's fine. "
Nikolay Goldobin was a healthy scratch for the 10th season on Sunday, and if you wondered why, Green elaborated the argument clearly and concisely.
"He must bring something to the table," he said. "Just look at it. He has two goals and two helps in his last 22 games. It's numbers that don't get you in the lineup or keep you in the league."
Yet this tells you everything you need to know about the Canucks lineup. Despite its poor production over the last 10 weeks, Goldobin still puts fifth on Canucks in scoring.
Baertschi feel better?
Sven Baertschi, who has missed 50 games this season, dealing with a concussion and post-concussion syndrome, took the morning pussy with Canucks in Dallas. He didn't pull into the line against Stars, but Green was allowed to chance to play in Chicago on Monday.
"He gives us an element of skill as far as making a game a coercion," Green said. "There are certain things we are talking about in terms of competition and intensity. But you must be able to make a game at this time of year."
Baertschi has eight goals in 22 matches this season. It puts him seventh on the team.
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