Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Stars top Wild for sixth straight win
By Mark Stepneski
The Dallas Stars ran their winning streak to six games and their points streak to 11 (10-0-1) with a 1-0 victory at Minnesota on Tuesday night. Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 shots for his second consecutive shutout and fourth of the season. Jamie Benn scored the lone goal for the Stars, who won their sixth straight game on the road.
The Stars outshot the Wild 10-8 in the first period, but there weren’t a lot of quality chances. Wild goalie Matt Hackett had nice stops on a close-range bid by Adam Pardy and stopped a close-in rebound attempt by Michael Ryder.
The Wild had the period’s only power play, and Lehtonen made a great save on a Dany Heatley shot from the top of the crease.
Both teams had nine shots in the second period, but again no scoring. Both goaltenders had sharp saves in the second.
Lehtonen made a nice stop on Erik Christensen and then Kyle Brodziak’s rebound attempt.
Hackett had key saves on Tom Wandell, Mike Ribeiro and Loui Eriksson.
Both teams were 0-2 on the power play, and there was a lot of four-on-four play in the period, as well.
The Stars killed off a 1:18 Wild power play early in the second and then scored the game’s only goal at even strength.
Off the rush, Brenden Morrow set up Jamie Benn, who roofed a shot over Hackett at the 3:46 mark of the second period.
Lehtonen stopped eight shots in the third, none bigger than a save on a point blank shot Brodziak with 3.2 seconds remaining in the game.
Injured: Souray (lower body), Dvorak (ankle)
Scratched: Petersen, Dowell, Jordie Benn