Alex Radulov scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period as the Dallas Stars edged the Vancouver Canucks 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 lower-body injury that kept him sidelined for five games.

Dallas Stars' Jason Dickinson (16) is tripped by the stick of Vancouver Canucks' Michael Del Zotto (4) during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Ben Nelms/The Canadian Press via AP)
Dallas Stars’ Jason Dickinson (16) is tripped by the stick of Vancouver Canucks’ Michael Del Zotto (4) during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Ben Nelms/The Canadian Press via AP)

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

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.

Dallas Stars' Jason Dickinson (16) plays the puck near Vancouver Canucks' Nikolay Goldobin (77) during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Ben Nelms/The Canadian Press via AP)
Dallas Stars’ Jason Dickinson (16) plays the puck near Vancouver Canucks’ Nikolay Goldobin (77) during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Ben Nelms/The Canadian Press via AP)

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.

Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat (53) celebrates his goal with teammates Antoine Roussel (26), Michael Del Zotto (4), Alex Biega (55) and Tyler Motte (64) during first period NHL hockey action against the Dallas Stars, in  Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Ben Nelms/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat (53) celebrates his goal with teammates Antoine Roussel (26), Michael Del Zotto (4), Alex Biega (55) and Tyler Motte (64) during first period NHL hockey action against the Dallas Stars, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Ben Nelms/The Canadian Press via AP)

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

Seguin and Benn, doing most of the offensive work with seven of the Stars’ 17 shots through two periods, swarmed Nilsson early in the third. But a tripping penalty on Jason Spezza put Dallas on the defensive, forcing the Stars to kill Vancouver’s fourth power play of the game.

Dallas Stars' Radek Faksa (12) is stopped by Vancouver Canucks goaltender Anders Nilsson (31) during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms/The Canadian Press via AP)
Dallas Stars’ Radek Faksa (12) is stopped by Vancouver Canucks goaltender Anders Nilsson (31) during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms/The Canadian Press via AP)

Benn finally tied it 1-1 at 10:19 of the third. After a shot from the point by Miro Heiskanen bounced through traffic at the net, Benn swooped around the back of the net and banged in the loose puck at the side.

UP NEXT

Dallas Stars' Alexander Radulov (47) is stopped by Vancouver Canucks goaltender Anders Nilsson (31) during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Ben Nelms/The Canadian Press via AP)
Dallas Stars’ Alexander Radulov (47) is stopped by Vancouver Canucks goaltender Anders Nilsson (31) during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Ben Nelms/The Canadian Press via AP)

Stars: Host Edmonton on Monday night.

Canucks: Host Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat (53) celebrates his goal with teammate Alex Biega (55) during first period NHL hockey action against the Dallas Stars, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Ben Nelms/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat (53) celebrates his goal with teammate Alex Biega (55) during first period NHL hockey action against the Dallas Stars, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Ben Nelms/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Source: The Associated Press

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