For the fifth time in seven games, the Minnesota Wild coughed up at least a two-goal lead Tuesday night.
But in the end, the Wild was able to snag two points anyway after Chris Stewart scored to cap a five-round shootout and 3-2 Minnesota victory over the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.
Stewart moved the puck to his backhand and slid the puck in under Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen, who got a piece of it. It was Stewart’s ninth career shootout goal.
Patrick Eaves and Jamie Benn had scored for the Stars in the shootout, but Jason Pominville and Mikko Koivu matched them. Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk stopped Jason Spezza before Stewart’s shot won the game.
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Dallas was the last NHL team to play a shootout game this season while the Wild improved to 2-2 in the tiebreaker.
The Stars had a two-man rush with about a minute left in the overtime, but Cody Eakin shot over the net.
Pominville and Koivu scored in regulation for Minnesota, and Dubnyk had 35 saves through overtime.
Eaves and Tyler Seguin scored for Dallas and Lehtonen finished with 31 saves.
The Wild avoided consecutive regulation losses for the second time this season and improved to 11-0-2 in its past 13 on the road.
Minnesota took a 1-0 lead with 6:25 left in the first period. Dallas’ Patrick Sharp shot wide, and the puck bounced hard off the boards almost to the blue line. Pominville picked up the puck, skated in 2-on-1 with Erik Haula and fired a wrist shot inside Lehtonen to the upper right corner of the net.
Koivu scored on the power play at 4:38 of the second period to make it 2-0. Mikael Granlund passed from the right faceoff circle to Nino Niederreiter in the slot, and he passed to Koivu low in the right circle for the slap shot that beat Lehtonen. Koivu’s status for the game after recovering from an illness was uncertain until after he skated Tuesday morning.
The Stars got on the scoreboard at 9:38 of the second on their own 2-on-1 break. Antoine Roussel faked a shot, then passed cross-ice to Seguin in the left circle for his 17th on a snap shot.
Dallas tied it during a 5-on-3 advantage with 21 seconds left in the second. Benn passed the puck across the goal mouth. It deflected off defenseman Marco Scandella into the air, and Eaves batted it into the net.
▪ The Wild had won in overtime at Dallas just 10 days earlier.
▪ Roussel, the NHL leader in penalty minutes, reached 100 when he went off for slashing at 19:20 of the first period.
▪ Ten of Eaves’ 18 goals have come on the power play.
▪ Pominville has two goals and four assists in the past four games. Koivu has six goals and 10 assists in his past 14 games.
▪ Niederreiter has three goals and four assists in the past six, and Granlund is on a career-high eight-game point streak (one goal, eight assists).
▪ Dallas’ opponents have scored first in six straight games. The Stars are 1-3-2 in that stretch.
▪ Dallas center Radek Faksa (lower-body injury) missed his first game this season, but Seguin kept up his perfect attendance despite a bout with the flu. Benn played despite a broken nose caused by a high stick in Saturday’s game.
Wild: Host St. Louis on Thursday night.
Stars: Host Buffalo on Thursday night.
First Period—1, Minnesota, Pominville 8, 13:35. Penalties—Scandella, MIN, (holding), 5:59; Roussel, DAL, (slashing), 19:20.
Second Period—2, Minnesota, Koivu 14 (Granlund, Niederreiter), 4:38 (pp). 3, Dallas, Seguin 17 (Spezza, Roussel), 9:38. 4, Dallas, Eaves 18 (Spezza, Benn), 19:39 (pp). Penalties—Coyle, MIN, (holding), 0:46; Lindell, DAL, (holding), 3:36; Roussel, DAL, (cross checking), 10:17; Spurgeon, MIN, (interference), 19:11; Staal, MIN, (tripping), 19:19.
Third Period—None. Penalties—Suter, MIN, (cross checking), 8:46; Spezza, DAL, (tripping), 18:08.
Shootout—Minnesota 3 (Pominville G, Parise NG, Zucker NG, Koivu G, Stewart G), Dallas 2 (Eaves G, Seguin NG, Sharp NG, Benn G, Spezza NG).
Shots on Goal—Minnesota 14-6-11-2—33. Dallas 8-11-14-4—37. Power-play opportunities—Minnesota 1 of 4; Dallas 1 of 5. Goalies—Minnesota, Dubnyk 26-8-3 (37 shots-35 saves). Dallas, Lehtonen 9-13-6 (33-31). A—17,877 (18,532). T—2:48.