Just when it looked like the Dallas Stars were in a position to take control of Monday night’s game against Minnesota, the Wild’s Kyle Brodziak scored a goal to turn the game around. Brodziak’s shorthanded goal with the Stars on a four-minute power play snapped a 4-4 tie and held up as the game-winner as the Wild defeated the Stars, 7-4, at American Airlines Center.
“Tough to give up that one,” said Stars center Jamie Benn. “We wanted to build momentum. We definitely wanted to get a goal there, but if not get some momentum from it for the last three minutes, and then we kind of got shot in the butt there with that shorthanded goal.”
After a neutral zone turnover, the Wild entered the Dallas zone, Cal Clutterbuck put a shot on net that Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen couldn’t handle and Brodziak put home the rebound.
“We had an opportunity to win, seven minutes left,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “Four-minute PP and you think you’re in the driver’s seat. We made a pass, a D stepped up on our guy, turned it over. He jumped and capitalized. It’s a lot of the story of our game tonight.”
Despite being on their heels at times over the first two periods, the Stars had 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 leads in the game.
“We keep getting the lead and keep giving it away,” said Benn. “We definitely have areas we need to clean up. Anytime you give up seven goals, it’s not very good.”
The Stars grabbed the early lead, scoring 5:31 into the game. After helping keep a puck out of the Dallas net at one end, Derek Roy set up Alex Goligoski at the other end and Goligoski scored his first goal of the season, beating Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom with a shot from the slot.
Just over two minutes later, the Wild drew even when Zach Parise scored during a scramble in front of Lehtonen.
But the Stars got their lead back late in the first by cashing in on the game’s first power play. After Ray Whitney put a shot on net, Loui Eriksson grabbed the rebound and slipped it to Jaromir Jagr, who scored from the left circle with 2:13 left in the first to give the Stars a 2-1 lead.
The Wild’s Mikko Koivu tied the game 3:42 into the second, scoring off a shot from the slot. Just 1:28 later the Stars had the lead again when Trevor Daley scored from the right circle off the rush. Midway through the period Parise scored to tie the game again. Matt Cullen scored late in the second off a rebound to give the Wild a 4-3 lead. Philip Larsen scored off the rush, beating Backstrom with a shot from the slot 7:02 into the third period.
Five minutes later, the Stars went on that four-minute power play and Brodziak delivered the game-winning shorthanded goal.
“I was real impressed with our guys to stick with it,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said. “It felt like things were not bouncing our way, and even just given the history of everything in here, but they found a way to win. And I give them credit for continuing to play forward and stay with it, and finding a way.”
The win was the Wild’s first in Dallas since March 2003 and snapped a 16-game losing streak at American Airlines Center. It was Minnesota’s six straight win and their ninth in the last eleven games.
The Stars had a two-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 15-14-3 on the season.
Wild line gives Stars fits
The Stars gave up 42 shots in the game, including 31 over the first 40 minutes. The line of Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle proved to be a tough matchup for the Stars, accounting for three goals on the night and 13 shots on goal.
“We couldn’t contain that one line. I don’t know how many shots they got. I haven’t looked but we couldn’t contain them,” said Gulutzan. “We went through our whole batting order there until we finally had to put together a different line to see if we could contain them.”
Defenseman Aaron Rome, who had been out a little more than a month with a broken foot, was back in the lineup Monday night. He played 14:09, was a plus-one and had three hits.
“I thought he was OK,” said Gulutzan. “I thought early he had some rust there you could see but as he got going I thought he played better and better. You can see he gives us a physical aspect to our back end and some size. So it’s nice to have that, that’s for sure. But just like when you’ve got four weeks off, you’re going to have some rust and I thought he was good for us tonight.”
Joe Morrow attends game
Defenseman Joe Morrow, acquired from Pittsburgh on Sunday in the Brenden Morrow deal, attended Monday night’s game. He arrived in town earlier in the day and got started meeting people in the organization.
“I learned that they are pretty excited to have me here,” Morrow said. “I went through a physical today and they said I looked pretty good and was functioning properly, which is good to hear.”
The Stars won’t practice Tuesday, so Morrow’s first chance to practice with the team will come on Wednesday.