Dallas Stars Brenden Morrow (left) celebrates with teammates Sergei Zubov (centre) and Loui Eriksson after scoring the winning goal. (CP PHOTO/Richard Lam)
Vancouver still leads the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final series 3-2. Game 5 will be played Saturday night in Dallas. Morrow deflected Sergei Zubov's wrist shot from just inside the blue-line over a falling Roberto Luongo into the Vancouver goal on the power play. The Canucks had been called for two many men at 5:18.
It was the third overtime game of the series. Vancouver won the opening match 5-4 in quadruple overtime, then needed just 7:47 to win the third game 2-1.
The match was almost decided early in the third when the Stars came close to shooting themselves in the foot.
With goaltender Marty Turco out of the net on a delayed penalty, a Dallas defenceman was unable to keep a Loui Eriksson pass in the Canuck zone. The puck slowly slid down the ice toward the open net but grazed off the post.
As he's done all series, Luongo kept the Canucks in the game. A huge banner in the crowd read "in Luongod we trust."
In the first, got a toe on a Jere Lehtinen shot. In the second he flashed his glove to snag a Joel Lundqvist drive that was headed for the far side of the net before getting in front of a Morrow shot from in close.
With their playoff lives on the line, the Stars looked stiff early in the game.
Vancouver's Bryan Smolinski had a chance to put Dallas on its heels with a shot 28 seconds into the game that Turco managed to get a shoulder on. Later, Turco stacked the pads on a Henrik Sedin attempt following a Darryl Sydor giveaway.
After that, the teams reverted to their tight, defensive style of play.
Dallas seemed content to let the Canucks control the puck on the perimeter and give them long shots. Rarely did Vancouver put a body in front of the net to deflect a puck or pounce on a rebound.
For their part, the Canucks managed to clog up the passing lanes and deflected pucks away from Dallas sticks.
Dallas's Eric Lindros, who had missed the last 16 games of the regular season and the playoffs with a groin injury, stepped onto the ice at 4:22 of the first. It was his first playoff appearance since playing two games in 2000 as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers before suffering a concussion from a Scott Stevens hit.
Notes-The Canuck scratches were Matt Cooke (groin), Rory Fitzpatrick, Tommi Santala and Nathan Smith . . . The Canucks returned to Vancouver on Tuesday night while the Stars didn't arrive until Wednesday evening . . . The last time the Canucks lost three games in a row in the playoffs was 2003 when they blew a 3-1 series against the Minnesota Wild . . . The Stars Jussi Jokinen missed the game with an upper body injury.