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Stars end skid with OT win in Montreal

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Mar 17, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexander Romanov (27) and  Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin (91) battle for the puck during the first period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

John Klingberg recorded two goals, including the game winner with 10 seconds remaining in overtime, as the Dallas Stars earned a 4-3 victory over the host Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

The deciding score required a video review to confirm, as Tyler Seguin’s stick came close to interfering with goaltender Jake Allen’s movement. Replay officials confirmed the goal, thus ending Dallas’ three-game losing streak.

Following an eight-game points drought, Klingberg now has eight points (three goals, five assists) over his last five games. He added an assist Thursday.

Jamie Benn also had a three-point night, collecting a goal and two assists for Dallas. Radek Faksa scored the Stars’ other goal.

The Stars improved to 9-3-1 in their last 13 road games.

Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield each had a goal and an assist for Montreal. Corey Schueneman also scored for the Habs, putting the Canadiens ahead in the third period on his first career NHL goal.

Dallas goaltender Jake Oettinger stopped 28 of 31 shots for his 20th win of the season.

Allen stopped 31 of 35 shots in his return to the ice. Allen had missed Montreal’s previous 25 games due to a lower-body injury.

Both goalies made multiple impressive saves during the first period, but Faksa snuck a shot past Allen with 1:27 left before the first intermission.

The Canadiens equalized on a power play at 9:36 of the second period. Suzuki made a tremendous cross-ice pass to find Caufield for the 21-year-old’s fourth goal in his last three games.

Caufield has blossomed under interim head coach Martin St. Louis. Caufield has 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 16 games since St. Louis was hired.

Benn restored the Stars’ lead at the 15:51 mark, as a shot off the end-boards deflected right to Benn at the side of the net.

Suzuki and Caufield joined forces again on Montreal’s next equalizer, with Caufield and Alexander Romanov setting up Suzuki’s 17th goal of the season midway through the third period.

Schueneman’s milestone goal put Montreal ahead four minutes later, but it was then the Stars’ turn to even the score. With 4:46 remaining in regulation, Klingberg beat Allen on a wrist shot from the slot.

–Field Level Media