After Vancouver tied it on a power play with 1:12 left in regulation, Stars defenseman John Klingberg scored the winning goal on a 3-on-2 rush with 46.2 seconds left in overtime, beating Canucks goalie Eddie Lack with a shot over the blocker to help the Stars to a 4-3 win.
Benn was obviously not pleased following the Stars' 4-0 loss against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, but was happy they had a chance to respond quickly.
"We were all pretty embarrassed with our effort, especially the magnitude of that game and with pretty much our lives on the line and we came up with an effort that was pretty bad," Benn, who opened the scoring early Saturday, said. "So it was nice to redeem ourselves here."
The Stars stayed alive in the playoff race, moving six points behind the Winnipeg Jets for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference. Dallas (37-29-10) has six games remaining; Winnipeg has seven games left.
"I know we're still far away but there is still a chance," said goalie Kari Lehtonen, who made 33 saves. "That's good enough for me."
The single point was good enough for the Canucks after tying the game with Lack pulled for an extra attacker to create a 6-on-4 power play. That outweighed surrendering a 2-1 lead of their own in the third.
Radim Vrbata tied the game after Tyler Seguin, who put the Stars ahead on a breakaway with 5:35 left, was penalized for knocking the stick out of defenseman Alexander Edler's hands with 1:32 left. Vrbata jumped on a loose puck in the slot, spun and fired a perfect shot over Lehtonen's blocker to tie the game.
Defenseman Christopher Tanev had two assists and Lack made 36 saves for the Canucks (43-27-5), who lost two straight for the second time in two months. Despite the loss, Vancouver moved three points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings for second place in the Pacific Division and four up on the fourth-place Calgary Flames. All three teams have seven games remaining.
"You have to get positives," Vrbata said. "It's too late in the season to be negative, so every time you pull a goalie and push and you find a way to score in the last minute you have to be happy with that."
Stars coach Lindy Ruff first appeared upset with the call against Seguin that led to the late tying goal, but said his forward had to take some blame too.
"I think it's a good move by Edler, whether he dropped his stick or not," Ruff said, "because the slash is there and we are going to get a breakaway. I don't think the referee has any choice but to make the call. Our obligation is to not make the slash and not give Edler a chance to drop his stick."
Seguin was just happy it ended well in overtime.
"I made things more interesting," said Seguin, who had an assist. "It's something I am not happy about. I am happy we got two points."
They can thank Klingberg, a 22-year-old rookie who was going to get off the ice in overtime until he saw the Canucks changing, which created a 3-on-2 rush. So Klingberg stayed on and scored his 11th goal, his first since Feb. 5, over Lack's blocker.
"(Friday) night was a tough game; we needed this," Klingberg said. "I was pretty tired, I was going to go for a change. I saw they were changing and we had a 3-on-2. I got the drop pass from (Trevor) Daley. I had time to just aim for it. It was nice to see it go in."
Nick Bonino and Chris Higgins scored in the second period to put the Canucks ahead 2-1, but Lehtonen made a spectacular save on Vrbata early in the third to keep it close and Patrick Eaves jammed in the tying goal after a questionable icing 7:55 into the third period.
"I smelled him," Lehtonen said with a laugh when asked how he knew Vrbata was open behind him. "From the guy who has the puck, from his body language, you feel if he is looking at somebody else to pass to. That felt good."
Dallas dominated the opening minutes, with Benn forcing Lack to make a great right pad save 30 seconds into the game and scoring on his next shift, deflecting Seguin's high shot down off Lack and knocking in his rebound.
"We came out real good first couple shifts," Ruff said. "They had a pretty good push back and then we settled down and for a back-to-back game, we played hard and in the third period we started to take over. Team gave me everything they had, emptied the tank."
After a couple great saves by Lehtonen, Bonino tied it on a 2-on-1 rush with 8:42 left in the first period. Higgins put the Canucks ahead midway through the second period with Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski in the penalty box for slashing Horvat on a breakaway that he shot wide. Lehtonen lost his goal stick in a collision with Daley, and the Canucks worked the puck up to Dan Hamhuis for a point shot that Higgins tipped past the goalie's glove.
Lehtonen made the spectacular right pad save off Vrbata on a perfect backdoor pass from Tanev early in the third period.
"If I score the third one, then I think it's game over," Vrbata said.
The Stars tied it after a debated icing call three minutes later.
Klingberg appeared to touch the puck as it reached the goal line, but icing was called. After Vancouver missed two chances to clear its zone on the ensuing faceoff, Jason Spezza's failed wraparound was jammed between Lack's skate and the post by Patrick Eaves.
"The boys battled hard in front of me and the point we got was well-deserved," Lack said. "We're disappointed we didn't get two."
That disappointment will linger if the Canucks struggle on a four-game road trip that starts against the St. Louis Blues on Monday. It continues against the Nashville Predators, Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets, teams that are currently in the playoffs.
"That's the season right there," Vrbata said.