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Radulov, Bishop lift Stars past Canucks

Forward scores winning goal with 3:23 remaining; goalie makes 24 saves in return

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

Radulov puts Stars ahead in 3rd

DAL@VAN: Benn sets up Radulov's go-ahead goal

Jamie Benn feeds Alexander Radulov at the doorstep, where he backhands the puck top shelf to beat Anders Nilsson and give the Stars the lead

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VANCOUVER -- Jamie Benn scored the tying goal and set up the game-winner in the third period to give the Dallas Stars a 2-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Saturday.

Ben Bishop made 24 saves in his return from injury, and Alexander Radulov scored with 3:23 remaining for the Stars (14-10-3), who have not lost in regulation in Vancouver in their past nine games (8-0-1); their last loss here was March 30, 2012.

"I don't know what it is, we enjoy coming here," said Benn, who is from nearby Victoria, British Columbia. "Quite a bit. Lots of friends and family and it's always fun to play in front of them."

 

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Bo Horvat scored, and Anders Nilsson made 25 saves for the Canucks (11-15-3), who have one win in their past 12 games (1-9-2).

"It dwells on you," Horvat said. "It's not like you can just throw that out the window. It does sting. But it's an opportunity to learn from and getting better from."

Radulov, who was moved back to the top line with Benn and Tyler Seguin at various points in the game, passed to Miro Heiskanen for a point shot into traffic that led to the tying goal by Benn at 10:19 of the third. The rebound bounced to the side of the net, and Benn reached out from behind the net to tap it in to make it 1-1.

"He really stepped it up in the third," said Bishop, who missed the previous five games with a lower-body injury. "You could tell he really wanted to get the win in front of family and friends. When he's at that level, he's one of the best in the League. He goes out and creates two goals and it's the difference in the game. He has that ability, and it's fun when he turns it on like that and puts it to another level."

Video: DAL@VAN: Bishop stuffs Boeser's breakaway chance

Dallas took a 2-1 lead with 3:23 left after Benn won a battle along the right boards and centered it to Radulov for a backhand deke.

"He made plays all night long," Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said of Benn. "The last goal everyone notices him make the great pass but you don't notice how hard he worked from one side of the post to get on the wall, to get on the defensive side, to stop a breakout, and then he makes a gifted play that superstars make."

Nilsson made his second start since missing four weeks with a broken finger on his blocker hand. He made several tough saves in the first period, getting his right pad on a one-timer from Benn in the slot at 2:09 and sliding right to stop Benn again on a lateral chance off the rush at 13:01.

"It makes you hungrier," Benn said of the missed early chances. "When it gets frustrating you are not getting chances, and we had a lot in the first and second that weren't going in and I like how we stuck with it and found a way."

Video: DAL@VAN: Benn buries loose puck to tie game

Horvat scored to make it 1-0 at 15:18 of the first period. Antoine Roussel, who played his first six NHL seasons with the Stars before signing with the Canucks as a free agent July 1, left the penalty box and sent a backhand pass toward the net and Horvat redirected the bouncing puck.

Bishop stopped Brock Boeser on a breakaway 4:25 into the second period to keep it 1-0.

"It's a matter of putting the full 60 together," Horvat said. "The first and second (periods) we had our chances, with lots of shots on net. Still no excuse, we need to be better."

Video: DAL@VAN: Horvat tips home deflection to open scoring

 

They said it

"It's nice to be back. These guys did a pretty good job in front of me in the first period, blocking shots and kind of allowed me to get into it, and then in the second and third I felt back to normal." -- Stars goalie Ben Bishop

 

"This is a game that in my mind we lost down the stretch. Their vet guys took over. It happens fast and momentum changes. We played a real stingy game for 50 minutes and all of sudden their guys smelled blood and took over." -- Canucks coach Travis Green

 

Need to know

Dallas was 2-1-1 on its four-game road trip. It has scored two goals or fewer seven times in its past 10 games. ... Benn has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past five games. ... Radulov has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past eight games. ... Horvat has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past seven games.

 

What's next

Stars: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; TVAS, FS-SW, SNW, NHL.TV)

Canucks: Host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV)

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