Radulov scores go-ahead goal, Stars edge strug­gling Canucks

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The slump­ing Canucks held the Stars score­less for 50 min­utes but couldn’t close it out.

Alex Radulov scored the go-ahead goal late in the third pe­riod as the Dal­las edged Van­cou­ver 2-1 on Satur­day.

Jamie Benn also scored mid­way through the third for the Stars, who are 3-1-1 in their last five games.

Ben Bishop made 24 saves in his first start since re­turn­ing from a lower­body in­jury that kept him side­lined for five games.

“You’ve got to be able to close out games if you want to be a good team,” Bishop said. “It’s not al­ways go­ing to be pretty, but we found a way to do it tonight.

“You’ve just got to find ways. Find­ing dif­fer­ent ways to win makes you a bet­ter team.”

Bo Hor­vat scored for the Canucks, who have only one win in their past 12. An­ders Nils­son made 25 saves for Van­cou­ver.

“This is a game that in my mind we lost down the stretch,” Van­cou­ver coach Travis Green said. “Their vet­eran 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. We cracked ear­lier than they did.”

“It’s a real tough way to lose. It’s a game we’ll learn more from than some of the other losses.”

Radulov’s win­ner came with 3:23 left in the game. Benn found the Rus­sian winger skat­ing in alone in the slot, and Radulov back­handed it in to quiet the crowd.

Benn and Tyler Seguin were the busiest Stars of­fen­sively, swarm­ing Nils­son all night. Nils­son was forced to make sev­eral strong saves against the duo, in­clud­ing a jaw-drop­ping glove grab against Seguin in the first.

Benn said his near- misses only made him more de­ter­mined.

“It makes you hun­grier,” said Benn. “We had a lot (of chances) in the first and sec­ond that weren’t go­ing in. I like how we stuck with it and found a way.”

Nils­son was im­pres­sive in the first. He faced only six shots, but made sev­eral strong saves, in­clud­ing a jaw-drop­ping glove grab to deny Dal­las for­ward Tyler Seguin.

The Canucks got on the board with just over four min­utes to play in the first. Winger An­toine Rous­sel, a for­mer Star, broke away along the wing and lobbed a rolling puck to Hor­vat, who got enough stick on it to beat Bishop.

“It’s a mat­ter of putting the full 60 to­gether,” Hor­vat said. “The first and sec­ond we had our chances, with lots of shots on net. But no ex­cuse – we need to be bet­ter.”

Bishop was solid at the other end in the sec­ond when he stopped Brock Boeser on a break­away.

“I wanted to go five­hole, but he read me like a book,” said Boeser. “It’s tough ob­vi­ously, that play goes through my head a lot af­ter the game and I’ll be think­ing about it.”

Nils­son did the same to Blake Comeau with a glove save. The Canucks net­min­der faced the Stars’ power play in the fi­nal two min­utes of the sec­ond, but pre­served the one-goal lead.

BEN NELMS AP

The Stars’ Alexan­der Radulov, cen­ter, is stopped by Van­cou­ver goalie An­ders Nils­son in first pe­riod Satur­day in Van­cou­ver. How­ever, Radulov scored the game-win­ning goal in the third pe­riod of the Stars’ 2-1 vic­tory.

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