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NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Minnesota

(Saturday, November 7th)

Final Score: Minnesota 3, Dallas 2

St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Marek Zidlicky registered a goal and an assist to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center.

Cal Clutterbuck and Mikko Koivu also scored for the Wild, who have won three of their last four games. Niklas Backstrom made 19 saves in the win.

"We stuck with our game plan, stuck with our system. Guys were committed to playing the right game and helping each other out," Wild defenseman Nick Schultz said.

Loui Eriksson tallied twice on the power play for the Stars, who have dropped four of five. Alex Auld stopped 34 shots in defeat.

While killing a penalty, Clutterbuck opened the scoring 9:46 into the game, and Koivu extended the lead to 2-0 with 2:02 remaining in the first period.

"They got a decent start on us," Stars coach Marc Crawford said. "Sometimes you don't do enough to overcome it."

Eriksson put Dallas on the board at 3:33 of the second and tied the game on the power play with 4:09 remaining in the middle stanza. Zidlicky restored the lead for Minnesota with 1:48 to play in the period.

Backstrom turned aside all seven shots he faced in the third as the Wild held on for the one-goal victory.

Game Notes

Dallas forward Brad Richards collected an assist, extending his point streak to eight games. He has notched three goals and eight assists during his run...The Stars finished 2-for-6 on the power play, while Minnesota went 0- for-5 with the man advantage.

11/08 02:17:49 ET

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