Mikko Koivu capped a milestone game with the shootout victor.
The Xcel Energy Center will play host to an enticing showdown as the Dallas Stars head north to take on the Minnesota Wild. Minnesota is tied for 16 in the league in goals for as they average 2.92 goals per contest. Then Alex Stalock, who made 26 saves, stuffed Corey Perry to seal the victory.
- in his 1,000th career game - delivered the decisive goal in the fourth round of the shootout. "But yeah. It was a good feeling". Tyler Seguin leads Dallas in points with 21 and assists with 15 on the year.
This outcome also pushed the team's point streak on home ice to nine games. "Initially I wasn't going to put (Koivu) in because he hadn't scored in the shootout in like two years".
Minnesota players have been called for penalties 3.6 times per game this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five home outings. In their last game, the Stars were defeated by the St. Louis Blues by the score of 3-1. But Dallas coach Jim Montgomery isn't hitting the panic button just yet.
Comeau gave Dallas a 2-1 lead at 14:09 of the third period when he stripped the puck from Eric Staal behind the net, skated into the left circle and beat Stalock five-hole.
With the Wild trailing and on the power play with less than three minutes in regulation, Parise tracked Ben Bishop's shoulder save on Kevin Fiala's initial shot and backhanded it past the Stars goalie at 17:30. "You're just waiting for it to get below the crossbar, waiting and waiting". Waiting and waiting, and I hit it square.
That led to overtime, where the Wild have struggled. In their last 5, Dallas is 3-2 and have lost 2 games in a row, while Minnesota is also 3-2 and have won 2 games in a row. But Minnesota outshot Dallas 3-1 and controlled the puck for much of the extra session. The Wild entered Saturday sixth in the Central Division, six points behind Colorado and Dallas for the final guaranteed playoff spot and 12 back of St. Louis for the division lead.
NOTES: Boudreau said G Devan Dubnyk, who has been out since November 16 as his wife deals with health issues, would not accompany the Wild on their three-game road trip this week.
- a deflection by Fiala that was set up by Koivu, an assist that registered as Koivu's 700th career point.
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