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Stars defeat Canucks in overtime on Radulov goal

Forward scores at 2:32 to end Vancouver's four-game winning streak

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Dallas Stars forward Alexander Radulov was stopped on a 2-on-1 rush 24 seconds into overtime on Monday, so when he got a similar chance coming down the right wing two minutes later his first instinct was to pass to teammate Mattias Janmark.

Radulov kept the puck instead and beat goalie Jacob Markstrom with a wrist shot over the blocker from close range at 2:32 to give the Stars a 2-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.


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"It was kind of going back and forth, 2-on-1s exchanging," Radulov said, "I was actually looking to make a play to Janny at first, but then I see he's not there so I just kind of took a chance to take a shot and it went in."

It's been doing that a lot lately for Radulov, who also set up Tyler Seguin's power-play goal 3:11 into the second period to give him six points (three goals, three assists) in his past three games.

Video: DAL@VAN: Radulov wires home game-winning wrist shot

Coach Ken Hitchcock called Radulov, who signed a five-year, $31.25 million contract as a free agent on July 3, a wild card player but one he is happy to have in Dallas.

"The thing I like most about Rads is he is not afraid of the moment," Hitchcock said. "This is four or five games now where he is not afraid of the moment and that's why we brought him here."

Ben Bishop made 38 saves for the Stars (7-5-0), who have won consecutive games after losing the first two of a five-game road trip that finishes against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

"[Bishop] made some incredible saves and kept us in tonight," Seguin said.

Video: DAL@VAN: Bishop flares out his pad to deny Vanek

Sam Gagner scored on a power play six minutes into the third period to tie it 1-1, and Markstrom made 27 saves for the Canucks (6-3-2), who had their four-game win streak end.

"If we play like that most nights in this League you win," Gagner said. "We have to keep playing that way. We're going in the right direction and playing good hockey."

Bishop stopped Bo Horvat on a shorthanded breakaway 1:05 into the second period, and Seguin made it 1-0 on another power play. He converted a pretty, cross-ice pass from Radulov with a one-timer from the left faceoff circle that beat Markstrom far side over the shoulder. It was the sixth goal in three games for the Stars' top-ranked power play (30.8 percent).

"It's nice when you come to a team like this and you've got guys like Seguin who can shoot the puck like that on the first one and you got Radulov going down on breakaways," Bishop said. "It's nice to have those guys on your team."

Video: DAL@VAN: Bishop turns aside Horvat's breakaway bid


Goal of the game

Seguin's one-timer struck the far side of the net with so much force that the puck lifted the net off its moorings, requiring a video review to confirm the net, which came back down in place, was still in its proper position.

Video: DAL@VAN: Seguin roofs blistering one-timer for PPG


Save of the game

With the game tied 1-1, Markstrom made a save on a Remi Elie rebound in the slot with 3:24 left in the third period.

Video: DAL@VAN: Markstrom makes series of desperation saves


Highlight of the game

Gagner tied it on a power-play rush 6:00 into the third period for his first goal since signing a three-year, $9.45 million free agent contract July 1.

Video: DAL@VAN: Gagner chips home PPG to tie the game


They said it

"This is a 2-1 hockey game that could have been 10-9 because there was a lot of scoring chances on both sides. Both goalies were just outstanding, the two most competitive guys on the ice." -- Stars coach Ken Hitchcock


"That was a great hockey game. I thought they played a hell of a game on the road. I thought we played a hell of a game at home." -- Canucks coach Travis Green


Need to know

Dallas center Martin Hanzal missed his first game of the season with an undisclosed lower-body injury sustained in the third period against the Calgary Flames on Friday. … Canucks rookie right wing Brock Boeser, who has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in eight games, did not play because of a foot contusion but could return Wednesday against the New Jersey Devils. … Dallas is 13-0-1 in its past 14 games against the Canucks.


What's next

Stars: At the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-SW, NHL.TV)

Canucks: Host the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; SN360, MSG+, NHL.TV)


Video: Radulov's overtime winner lifts Stars to 2-1 win

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