VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) A night after a tough loss in Edmonton, the Dallas Stars were looking to redeem themselves in Vancouver.
Mission accomplished – even if it took a little extra time.
John Klingberg scored 4:13 into overtime as the Stars edged the Canucks 4-3 on Saturday night.
”It was pretty frustrating how we went out against Edmonton,” Tyler Seguin said of the Stars’ 4-0 loss on Friday night. ”I’m happy how we responded tonight.”
Seguin, Jamie Benn and Patrick Eaves scored in regulation for the Stars, while Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves. The Stars have won every game they have played this season after being shut out previously.
”We have a good feeling in here,” Klingberg said. ”Yesterday, we were pretty good offensively but we did some big mistakes with the puck. We had a pretty good run before that. It’s good we got the win here today.
”We need every win. It’s good for us.”
Eddie Lack stopped 36 shots for the Canucks, who got goals from Nick Bonino, Chris Higgins and Radim Vrbata. Christopher Tanev recorded his first two-point game since Jan. 30.
The Stars outshot the Canucks 5-2 in overtime, with Lack making several saves to keep the game tied, including denying Cody Eakin in the crease.
”You have to get positives now,” said Radim Vrbata, who tied the game at three with 1:32 left in the third period. ”It’s too late in the season to be negative and so as I said, every time you pull a goalie and you push for it and you find a way to score in the last minute, you have to be happy with that.”
After falling behind in the second period, Dallas turned up the pressure in the final frame. Jason Spezza had a wraparound saved by Lack, but the Vancouver goaltender wasn’t able to stop the follow-up by Patrick Eaves, who tapped it over the line at 7:55.
The Stars took the lead at 14:25 of the third as Patrick Daley’s banked pass from the Dallas end found an onrushing Seguin at the blue line. Seguin lifted his shot over Lack for his 34th goal of the season.
Vancouver had a goal waved off two minutes into the second period with Jannik Hansen ruled to have knocked Lehtonen.
The power play, which has been productive for Vancouver in its previous four games, went to work halfway through the period. Chris Tanev backhanded his pass from the point to Dan Hamhuis. Higgins tipped Hamhuis’ long-range effort beyond a helpless Lehtonen at 10:10.
Dallas opened the scoring with Jason Demers’ pass finding Seguin just inside the blue line. His long shot was tipped by Benn, who buried the bouncing puck beyond Lack at 1:54 of the first period.
Vancouver tied it at 11:18 with Vrbata and Bonino combining on a 2-on-1. Vrbata drove to the net and slipped it across to an open Bonino, who buried his shot beyond a sprawling Lehtonen.
NOTES: The Canucks start a four-game road trip with a stop in St. Louis on Monday night. Dallas heads home to begin a two-game homestand. The Stars face Calgary on Monday.