Saturday, December 4, 2010
Stars make it six in a row with OT victory
By Mark Stepneski
Stephane Robidas’ power play goal with 1:23 left in overtime gave the Dallas Stars a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Saturday night. The Stars have now won six straight games and eight of their last ten (8-1-1). Karlis Skrastins, Steve Ott and Adam Burish also scored for the Stars, who are 8-0-1 in their last eight home games. Kari Lehtonen stopped 28 of 31 shots for Dallas.
The Stars scored 3:42 into the game when defenseman Karlis Skrastins beat Wild goalie Jose Theodore with a shot from the left point.
Both teams had seven shots in the period and both teams had two power play chances.
Some notes after one period.
- The Stars dressed seven defensemen for the game including Philip Larsen, who was called up from Texas (AHL) Saturday morning. Aaron Gagnon, who was expected to play on the fourth line, ended up being a healthy scratch.
- Toby Petersen (hand) sat out the game. Mark Fistric (groin/hip flexor) and Krys Barch (foot/ankle) are on injured reserve.
The Dallas Stars lead the Minnesota Wild 2-1 after two periods at American Airlines Center.
The Wild got their legs in the second period and had some excellent scoring chances, but Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was excellent. He came up with several sharp saves to keep it a 1-0 Dallas lead, including a stop on a Cal Clutterbuck shorthanded breakaway.
The Stars extended their lead to 2-0 by cashing in on their fifth power play of the night. It came off the rush as James Neal made a drop pass to Steve Ott, who scored off a shot from the right faceoff dot at the 11:45 mark of the second.
The Wild finally broke through with 2:26 left in the period to make it a 2-1 game. Mikko Koivku’s wrap-around attempt set off a scramble in front of the net and Antti Miettinen knocked the puck past Lehtinen.
Some notes from the second period.
- The Wild outshot the Stars 15-9 in the second period and hold a 22-16 advantage for the game.
- The Stars are 1-5 on the power play in the game and Minnesota is 0-3.
- The Stars have won 23 of 44 faceoffs through two periods.
The Wild tied the game at 2-2 just 1:41 into the third period. Cal Clutterbuck put a shot on net from a sharp angle, the puck ended up on the goal line and Chuck Kobasew poked it over the line.
The Stars took the lead back at 5:57 of third off some good pressure from the Steve Ott, Adam Burish and Brandon Segal line. Defenseman Trevor Daley pinched in on the play and centered a puck from the right corner and Burish scored on a backhand with his back to the goal to give Dallas a 3-2 lead.
The Wild drew even with 3:09 left in the third period when Martin Havlat banged home the rebound during a scramble in front of Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.
The Stars got a power play with 2:24 left in overtime when Wild defenseman Brent Burns went to the penalty box for tripping Jamie Benn and the Stars cashed in when Stephane Robidas scored off a shot from the slot with 1:23 left in OT.