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Three third-period goals lift Canucks past Stars

Associated Press

Lee Goren scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Dallas Stars on Sunday night.

Daniel Sedin and Sami Salo gave Vancouver the early lead with power-play goals 29 seconds apart in the first period, but Jere Lehtinen tied it with a pair of scores 3 1/2 minutes apart in the second.

Goren, whose last goal came with Boston in 2002-03, scored the game-winner 3:47 into the third – seconds after shooting wide on a partial break. He circled behind the net as the puck caromed off the boards and back to the point, and arrived back in front just in time to tip Jarkko Ruutu’s long shot underneath Marty Turco.

Todd Bertuzzi added another power-play goal with 5:29 left to play, and Richard Park made it 5-2 with a long shot that got past Turco with 2:20 remaining.

Turco finished with 29 saves as the Stars (4-2-0) finally had a game decided by more than one goal. Dallas opened with five straight one-goal games and had won the last four by a 3-2 score.

Alex Auld stopped 18 shots for the Canucks (4-1-1), who came into the game ranked 25th on the power play.

Sedin banged in a loose puck during a 5-on-3 advantage 5:47 into the game, and Salo sent a slap shot over Turco’s shoulder at 6:16 after Stephane Robidas’ clearing attempt went straight to him at the point.

The Canucks had a chance to increase the lead after a tripping penalty on Turco gave them a 2-minute, two-man advantage 5 minutes later. However, they managed just two shots, setting the stage for the Stars’ comeback in the second.

Modano set up Lehtinen from behind the net with a perfect saucer pass after he got Auld moving the wrong way at 5:00. Lehtinen tied it 2:35 later – this time Brenden Morrow passed it from behind the net – with a 20-foot one-timer that eluded Auld from a sharp angle.

Kings 3, Blue Jackets 1: In Los Angeles, Derek Armstrong and Mike Cammalleri scored power-play goals in the first period and led the Kings to a victory over Columbus.

Playing in just his eighth NHL game, Los Angeles’ Jason LaBarbera, a former Spokane Chief, made 19 saves to earn his third victory in three starts this season. LaBarbera was just over 11 minutes away from his first shutout when Nikolai Zherdev scored his first goal of the season.

Wild 4, Mighty Ducks 1: In St. Paul, Minn., Manny Fernandez made 28 saves, and Minnesota’s power play clicked again in its victory over Anaheim.

Brian Rolston and Filip Kuba had power-play goals in the first period for the Wild, which entered with the top-ranked unit in the league. Minnesota has converted an impressive 36.4 percent of its opportunities.

The Wild didn’t waste any time getting going on Sunday.

The Wild was 2 for 8 on the power play and is 9 for 19 with the man advantage at home.

Capitals 3, Lightning 2 (SO): In Washington, Olie Kolzig made 38 saves to get the Capitals into a shoot-out and then made two more stops in the tiebreaker to give Washington a victory over Tampa Bay.

Alexander Ovechkin and Petr Sykora scored during the shootout for Washington. Vincent Lecavalier, who scored his fourth goal of the season in regulation, was the only Lightning player to beat Kolzig in the extra session.

Kolzig turned aside Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards to seal the Capitals’ victory.

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