The Dallas Stars fell to 1-1-0 on their current homestand, losing 7-4 to the Minnesota Wild Monday night at American Airlines Center. The Stars had leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 in the game, but the Wild rallied for the victory. Alex Goligoski, Jaromir Jagr, Trevor Daley and Philip Larsen scored for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 35 of 41 shots for the Stars, who fell to 15-14-3 on the season.
Turning point: Wild win on shorthanded goal
The Stars seemed to be in a prime position to take control of Monday’s game with a late power play chance. With the contest tied 4-4, the Stars went on a 4:00 power play with 7:42 remaining, but Minnesota’s Kyle Brodziak scored shorthanded 20 seconds into it to give Minnesota a 5-4. That goal proved to be the game-winner.
Wild snap losing streak in Dallas
The Minnesota Wild snapped a long run of futility in Dallas with their win Monday night. The Wild hadn’t won in Dallas since March 2003 and had dropped 16 straight decisions at American Airlines Center.
Just seconds after helping keep a puck out of the Stars net by getting a stick on a puck at the goal line, Derek Roy sent a pass from behind the Minnesota net to Alex Goligoski, who scored from the slot to put the Stars up 1-0 at the 5:31 mark of the first period.
The Wild tied it at the 7:35 mark when Zach Parise scored off a scramble in front of Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen.
The Stars took a 2-1 lead with 2:13 left in the first by cashing in on the game’s first power play. After Ray Whitney put a shot on net from the left circle, Loui Eriksson got the rebound and slipped the puck to Jaromir Jagr, who scored from the right circle.
Minnesota drew even at the 3:42 mark when Mikko Koivu slipped a couple of Stars defenders and whistled the puck past Lehtonen from the slot.
But the Stars had the lead back 1:28 later when Trevor Daley scored off the rush, beating Backstrom with a shot from the right circle.
The Wild bounced back to tie it 9:33 of the second Lehtonen got caught outside the crease after a save and Parise was able to get the puck over the goal line during a battle in front of the net.
Both Lehtonen and Backstrom had big saves over the next two minutes of play to keep it a 3-3 game.
Minnesota had it first lead of the game with 5:38 left in the second when a Jared Spurgeon shot hit Pierre-Marc Bouchard in the back and Matt Cullen won the battle for the rebound and beat Lehtonen with a shot from the right circle.
The Stars tied the game at 7:02 of the third period when Philip Larsen got two a loose puck the slot off the rush and put a shot in the net off Backstrom’s glove.
The Wild went on a power play with 10;52 left in the game, but couldn’t take advantage.
The Stars went on a 4:00 power play with 7:42 left when Wild forward was given a double minor for high-sticking. But the Wild scored shorthanded 20 seconds into the Dallas power play when Kyle Brodziak knocked home the rebound of a Cal Clutterbuck shot.
The Stars couldn’t cash in on the remaining power play time. Backstrom had a couple of sharp saves.
Dany Heatley scored with 1:28 remaining to make it a 6-4 game. Bouchard scored into an empty net with 15.3 seconds left to round out the scoring.
Injured: Garbutt (hand)
Scratched: Joe Morrow, Jordie Benn