Klingberg scores in overtime as Stars topple Canucks
Dallas Stars John Klingberg (3) celebrates his overtime goal against the Vancouver Canucks with teammate Brett Ritchie (25) in an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Stars won 4-3.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — John Klingberg scored 4:13 into overtime as the Dallas Stars edged the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Saturday night.
Jamie Benn, Patrick Eaves, and Tyler Seguin scored in regulation for the Stars, while Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves.
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.
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 tied it with 1:12 left in regulation on the power play as Vrbata scored his 30th goal of the season, assisted by Bonino and Daniel Sedin.
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 home stand. The Stars face Calgary on Monday.