Mike Ribeiro scored the tying goal with 52.5 seconds left in the third period and Loui Eriksson netted the winner at 3:52 of overtime to give the host Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the NHL-leading Vancouver Canucks.
DALLAS — Down a goal with less than a minute left in regulation, the Dallas Stars appeared to have little more than a slim chance against the league-leading Vancouver Canucks.
Moments later, Mike Ribeiro and Loui Eriksson provided a stunning boost to the Stars’ playoff chances.
Ribeiro scored the tying goal with 52.5 seconds left in the third period and Eriksson netted the winner at 3:52 of overtime to give the Stars a 3-2 victory over the Canucks. Dallas, eighth in the Western Conference, has won four in a row.
“It took us 59 minutes to get the second goal, but I thought we stuck with it for 60 minutes and we showed some resolve,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said.
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Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond scored for the Canucks, who were playing their sixth game in nine days.
“Logically, six games in 8 ½ days in six different cities, that’s a lot of hockey,” Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. “But that being said, we had the game where we wanted it, going into the third with a one-goal lead.
“Unfortunately, we lost it.”
Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo, who made 25 saves, said of the Stars: “They’re a desperate team. They’re playing for their lives. They’re in playoff mode right now.”