Benn’s OT goal gives Stars victory over Canucks
DALLAS (AP) — Jamie Benn scored midway through overtime and the Dallas Stars rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Thursday night.
Patrick Sharp twice tied the game with goals for Dallas. The Stars have won two in a row by overcoming multiple-goal deficits.
Sharp’s second score 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.
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.
Benn scored after skating out of the corner with the puck, shooting from just inside the right faceoff dot 2:28 into overtime.
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. Vancouver’s Ryan Miller had 25.
Benn, the NHL scoring leader with 17 points, assisted on Sharp’s second goal. The Canucks’ Daniel Sedin had two assists.
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. Jyrki Jokipakka sent a back-hand pass from the blue line across to Sharp to set up the goal.
By that time, the Canucks were controlling the game. Dallas’ second penalty led to Edler’s slapshot goal on the power play at 5:38 of the second. Vancouver outshot the Stars 12-5 in the period.
The Stars’ best chance in the second came when Tyler Seguin sent a rebound wide left.
Vrbata scored by putting in the rebound of Daniel Sedin’s shot. It was the fastest third-period goal allowed by the Stars since they moved to Dallas in 1993.
Demers took a cross-ice pass from Johnny Oduya and sent a drive from the right point past Miller at 10:06. Sharp tipped in John Klingberg’s shot from the blue line.
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. . The Canucks went to overtime for the fifth time in 10 games; Dallas was playing in the 3-on-3 overtime for the first time. Vancouver is 1-0-4 in OT.
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