ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Dallas Stars made good on their last
chance for a road victory in November.
Bill Guerin scored twice as the Stars snapped a five-game road losing streak with a 3-1 victory Wednesday night over the Minnesota Wild.
Marty Turco stopped 18 shots for the Stars, who hadn't won on
the road since beating Columbus on Oct. 25.
"This is something we needed, not just in the standings but for
ourselves," Guerin said.
The Stars moved into first place in the Pacific Division, one
point ahead of Los Angeles.
The Wild are 1-4-1 in their last six games and have been held to
one goal or fewer in five of their last seven games.
"I felt in some of those games we didn't play well enough to
score goals," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "I feel tonight we
played well enough to score goals."
The Wild were held to just three shots in the third period as
they worked for the tying goal.
"That might have been our best period of the year," Dallas
coach Dave Tippett said. "We were in the battle for every loose
puck, and when you do that, you're going to win a lot of them."
The Stars sealed the win on Guerin's empty-net goal -- his 14th tally of the season, second-best in the NHL behind Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk, who has 16.
Dallas took a 2-1 lead midway through the second period on rookie Mathias Tjarnqvist's first NHL goal. Stars defenseman Trevor Daley carried the puck across the Minnesota blue line and set up in the right circle. As Tjarnqvist skated through the slot, he tipped Daley's shot past goaltender Manny Fernandez for the go-ahead goal.
"When you get a chance like that, you've got to take advantage
of it," Daley said. "I made the easy play and put it to the net,
and good things happen when you go to the net."
The Wild struck first on Jason Wiemer's second goal of the
season. He took a pass from Marian Gaborik and beat Turco on the
stick side late in the first period.
Guerin's power-play goal tied it a minute into the second
period. With Wiemer in the penalty box, Mike Modano fed Guerin in
the high slot for the goal.
"This is a good start," Modano said. "The last few games have
been good efforts by everyone."
Linesman Lyle Seitz left the game midway through the third
period with a broken nose. He was struck by a stick as Wiemer and
Dallas' Jason Arnott collided along the boards. It's the third time
in the last month that Seitz has broken his nose in a game. ...
Guerin extended his point streak to five games. He has 18 points in
his last 15 games. ... Wiemer's goal was his first with the Wild.
Minnesota claimed him off waivers from the New York Islanders on
Nov. 13. ... Minnesota D Willie Mitchell will be out at least two
more weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee. Mitchell was
injured Nov. 20 at Philadelphia.
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Arena: Xcel Energy Center Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Referees: Dan Marouelli, Dan O'Halloran Linesmen: Thor Nelson, Lyle Seitz
Attendance: 18,568 (102.8% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Jason Wiemer (2)
Assists: Marian Gaborik, Richard Park
Bill Guerin (13)
(Power Play) Assists: Mike Modano, Jere Lehtinen
Mathias Tjarnqvist (1)
Assists: Trevor Daley, Stu Barnes
Bill Guerin (14)
(Empty Net) Assists: Brenden Morrow, Mike Modano