The Minnesota Wild defeated the Dallas Stars 2-1 Saturday at the American Airlines Center. The Wild scored two goals in a 7 minute, 46 second span in the second period before holding off the Stars’ late rally.
Ryan Carter notched his fourth goal of the season to get the scoring started at the 3:34 mark of the second period. He beat Jyrki Jokipakka and Colton Sceviour to the net and re-directed a pass from Erik Haula into the open net behind goaltender Antti Niemi. Jarret Stoll started the scoring chance with a backhand pass across the crease to Haula for his first point as a member of the Wild.
Later in the period, Thomas Vanek extended the lead to 2-0 with a deke around Niemi on a breakaway that started just above the top of the circles. Charlie Coyle made the play by blindly swinging his stick behind and deflecting a breakout pass by Cody Eakin.
The Stars (29-11-4) avoided getting shutout for the second time this season off a sharp angle shot by Jamie Benn while on the power play and with the net empty with 3 minutes, 13 seconds left in the game. The goal came with some controversy as well. Minutes after Jared Spurgeon got hit with a base swing at puck from Tyler Seguin and left the ice bleeding profusely from his face, Justin Fontaine was called for a high sticking penalty to give the Stars the man advantage with just under five minutes remaining in the game. Wild head coach Mike Yeo said after the game that he was told by the referees that they didn’t know whose stick hit Spurgeon.
The Wild (22-11-8) weathered a strong first period push from the Stars and won a coach’s challenge. John Klingberg fired a shot past Devan Dubnyk, but Stars forward Antoine Roussel was in the crease and inhibited the goaltender’s ability to play his position. Roussel never made contact with Dubnyk, but as the review showed, still committed goaltender interference.
No. 3 – Charlie Coyle. The Wild forward recorded an assist.
No. 2 – Ryan Carter. The Wild forward scored a goal.
No. 1 – Devan Dubnyk. The Wild goaltender stopped 34 shots.