Canucks drop OT decision to Stars
Dallas prevails in entertaining goalie duel as Radulov nets winner
VANCOUVER (CP) — Alexander Radulov scored in overtime and the Dallas Stars defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Monday night.
Tyler Seguin found the back of the net in regulation for Dallas (7-5-0), which improved to 3-1 on its current five-game road trip that finishes up Thursday in Winnipeg. Ben Bishop made 38 saves for the Stars. Sam Gagner scored a power-play goal for the Canucks (6-3-2), who had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves after serving as backup for the last two games.
Radulov won it in overtime when he carried the puck the length of the ice and fired a bullet over the blocker-side shoulder of Markstrom at 2:28.
Markstrom helped keep the first period scoreless when he made several impressive saves during a Stars power play, including off a point blank shot from Jamie Benn. Markstrom also stopped a shorthanded breakaway by Gemel Smith in the dying seconds.
Seguin opened the scoring in the second with Canucks forward Thomas Vanek in the penalty box for the second time in the first three minutes of the middle frame.
Seguin one-timed his seventh goal of the season with an Alex Ovechkin-like shot while down on one knee at 3:11. The goal broke Vancouver’s streak of 14 consecutive penalties killed.
Vancouver’s unlikely leading goal-scorer, Derek Dorsett, had a chance all alone in the slot on Bishop in the final minutes of the second, but he couldn’t convert.
At the other end, Markstrom ended the period with another big save, this time off a 2-on-1 with Smith and Radulov. The Canucks outshot Dallas 27-19 through two.
The Canucks tied the game six minutes into the third while on the power play. After Markstrom chased down a puck to diffuse a shorthanded breakaway, Vanek took a quick pass from Daniel Sedin in the slot at the other end and fired a hard shot that rebounded to Gagner. The centre slotted his first goal as a Canuck at 13:51, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
That ended a run of seven straight games without giving up a power-play goal for the Stars.
The Canucks were without rookie winger Brock Boeser, who injured his foot blocking a shot in a 6-2 win over Washington.
CANADIENS 8, SENATORS 3
OTTAWA — Charles Hudon scored his first two NHL goals and had an assist, helping Montreal roll to a victory over Ottawa.
Artturi Lehkonen also scored twice for the Canadiens, and Shea Weber had three assists. Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Plekanec added goals as Montreal won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Al Montoya stopped 25 shots in his first win of the season.
Ottawa got goals from Tom Pyatt, Ryan Dzingel and Chris DiDomenico.
Craig Anderson made just nine saves on 15 shots through two periods before being replaced by Mike Condon, who allowed two goals on 14 shots.
Senators captain Erik Karlsson — one of the NHL’s best defencemen — was on the ice for seven Montreal goals.
SHARKS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 2
Frederik Andersen stopped 36 shots, but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto Maple Leafs fell to the San Jose Sharks to start their road trip.
Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri scored for the Leafs, who visit Anaheim on Wednesday.