Saturday, January 21, 2012
Stars' winless streak hits five with 5-2 loss to Wild
By Mark Stepneski
The Dallas Stars’ winless streak hit five games (0-4-1) with a 5-2 loss at Minnesota Saturday. The Stars held a 2-1 lead in the second period, but the Wild scored three goals in a 59 second span to take a 4-2 lead. Kari Lehtonen played the first two periods and stopped 15 of 19 shots. Richard Bachman played the third period and stopped 6 of 7 shots. Eric Nystrom and Philip Larsen scored for the Stars. Larsen’s goal was the first of his NHL career. The Wild, who won for just the third time in the last 18 games, snapped a four-game winless streak and moved three points ahead of the Stars in the Western Conference standings.
The Stars outshot the Wild 11-5 in the period and scored the only goal with 1:22 left before the first intermission.
Stephane Robidas put a shot on net from the right point and Eric Nystrom, acquired from the Wild earlier in the season, tipped it past Minnesota goaltender Josh Harding.
The Wild tied the game by cashing in on their first power play chance of the game. Devin Setoguchi scored from the right circle at 9:06 of the second period to make it a 1-1 game.
Less than two minutes later the Stars were back on top. Alex Goligoski’s shot from the left point was blocked by Kyle Brodziak and went right to Philip Larsen, who rifled the puck into the net from just inside the blue line at the 11:03 mark.
The Wild then rattled off three goals in 59 seconds to build a 4-2 lead. Matt Cullen tipped a loose puck in the slot to Cal Clutterbuck, who scored from close range to tie the game at the 13:37 mark.
Just 14 seconds later, Chad Rau to got a loose puck behind the Dallas net and his wrap-around shot went off the stick of Brenden Morrow and into the net to give the Wild their first lead of the night.
Forty-five seconds later, Dany Heatley sent a cross-ice pass to Brodziak, who one-timed the puck into the open side of the net to give Minnesota a 4-2 lead.
Richard Bachman took over in goal for Kari Lehtonen in goal for the Stars to start the third period, and Minnesota scored 1:29 into the period to make it a 5-2 game.
With the Wild on a two-on-one, Warren Peters set up Heatley, who put the puck into the open side of the net.
Scratched: Fistric, Pardy
Injured: Benn (appendectomy), Ribeiro (knee)