The Dallas Stars continued to find ways to win games last night as they beat the Vancouver Canucks in a 4-3 OT stunner at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Vancouver never trailed the Stars in regulation, but Jamie Benn robbed the game from the Canucks with beauty of a goal in overtime.
Coming off an emotional win over the Montreal Canadiens, the Canucks seemed to have the Stars on the ropes for the majority of the game. A costly turnover in the first period led to a breakaway for Alex Burrows and eventually a penalty shot after a slash from behind by Alex Goligoski took away his scoring chance. Burrows put Vancouver on the board with his first ever penalty shot goal, sneaking the puck in five-hole on Antti Niemi. Also scoring in the first period was Patrick Sharp for Dallas with his second of the season off Jyrki Jokipakka and Jason Spezza.
Vancouver continued to dominate the Stars through the second and first ten minutes of the third period. A power play goal from Alex Edler gave the Canucks the lead back in the second, and Radim Vrbata on the backhand increased the lead 10 seconds into the third. Not content to go quietly, Jason Demers in his first game back from a two-game suspension blasted one past Ryan Miller with ten minutes left in the game to put Dallas back within one. Five minutes later Sharp earned his second goal of the game off a redirected shot from the top of the slot by John Klingberg to force overtime.
Dallas had yet to play the new 3v3 overtime format in the regular season, but it seemed like something the offensively loaded Stars would excel at based on their experiments in training camp. Sure enough, halfway through OT Tyler Seguin loaded up Benn to send a wrist shot to the short side of Miller and end the game.
“That 3-on-3, it’s different out there,” said Benn afterwards. “You’ve got to definitely be creative and on your toes, but I just found a puck out of the corner there. I think they were more focused on Segy than myself, and I made a good shot and was fortunate enough to go in.”
The Stars are now sporting a record of 8-2-0 and are showing they aren’t going to roll over when games aren’t going their way. “What’s really good to see is the fact that we had a tough time with adversity last year,” Lindy Ruff said in his postgame conference. “And this year we’ve started off learning to battle through some tough situations and come up with some big wins.”
The San Jose Sharks will take on the Stars on Saturday, Oct. 31 when they visit Dallas and round out the final game of this four-game Dallas homestand.