Benn’s OT goal gives Stars 4-3 victory over Canucks
DALLAS (AP) The Vancouver Canucks neglected Jamie Benn in overtime on Thursday night, and the NHL’s leading scorer made them pay.
Benn skated out of the corner with the puck and shot from just inside the right faceoff dot to beat goalie Ryan Miller 2:28 into overtime, giving the Dallas Stars a 4-3 win over Vancouver.
”I seen Tyler Seguin locked and loaded there for about 10 seconds,” Benn said. ”I think they were paying more attention to him than to myself. I just let a shot go, and it was fortunate enough to go in.”
Patrick Sharp twice tied the game for Dallas. The Stars have won two in a row 4-3 by overcoming multiple-goal deficits.
Sharp’s second score on a tip-in tied it with 4:35 left in the third period, erasing what had been a 3-1 Canucks lead. Jason Demers had scored about 5 minutes earlier.
Dallas coach Lindy Ruff liked his team’s first experience with the league’s new 3-on-3 overtime period.
”There’s going to be a lot of scoring opportunities. The part that we’re trying to be real good at is once they get in our zone, we don’t want to give up an opportunity like Benn got.”
The Canucks fell to 1-0-4 in overtime and shootouts.
”We were good last year 4-on-4 and in shootout,” coach Willie Desjardins said. ”We won quite a few games that way. And that’s been a big difference in the games this year.”
Alexandre Burrows, Alexander Edler and Radim Vrbata scored for the Canucks.
Vancouver was held without a shot on goal for nearly 12 minutes to start the game.
The Canucks scored first on Burrows’ penalty shot, the first awarded in the NHL this season.
Sharp tied it with 4:05 left in the first, but Edler scored early in the second and Vrbata got his goal 10 seconds into the third to build a 3-1 lead.
Dallas’ Antti Niemi made 29 saves. Miller had 25.
Benn, the NHL scoring leader with 17 points, assisted on Sharp’s second goal. The Canucks’ Daniel Sedin had two assists.
The Stars had a 10-0 advantage in shots until Burrows skated in on Niemi and shot into the goalie’s pads.
Dallas’ Alex Goligoski slashed Burrows on that look, leading to the penalty shot. Burrows skated across from the right and sent a left-handed wrist shot between Niemi’s legs.
The Stars tied the game on Sharp’s wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle.
Dallas’ second penalty led to Edler’s slap-shot goal on the power play at 5:38 of the second. Vancouver outshot the Stars 12-5 in the period.
Vrbata put in the rebound of Sedin’s shot for the fastest third-period goal allowed by the Stars since they moved to Dallas in 1993.
”It’s something that last year would have turned the game the other way,” Ruff said.
”We had a tough time with adversity last year, and this year we’ve started off where we’re learning to battle through some tough situations and come up with some big wins,” he added.
NOTES: Vancouver C Brendan Gaunce made his NHL debut. His brother Cameron Gaunce formerly played for Dallas. … Demers returned after a two-game suspension for elbowing. … Sharp has scored three goals in the last two games after an eight-game drought to begin the season. … Dallas outshot Anaheim 17-2 in the third period on Tuesday, so the Stars had held opponents to two shots in 31 minutes. … Dallas D John Klingberg has a six-game point streak, with two goals and five assists. … Sedin has five points in four road games.