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NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Dallas

(Monday, January 18th)

Final Score: Dallas 4, Minnesota 3

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Loui Eriksson and Matt Niskanen each recorded a goal and an assist, and Dallas upended Minnesota for the 11th straight time at American Airlines Center, 4-3.

Mike Modano and Tom Wandell each scored for Dallas, which was coming off a 3-2 shootout win over Detroit on Saturday. Brad Richards ended with three assists and Alex Auld made 22 saves to pick up the win.

"I would like every game to be played perfectly, but I don't think there is such a thing," said Dallas head coach Marc Crawford. "But I liked a lot of aspects of our game tonight and I think we're starting to build some good qualities in the group."

Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 15 shots. Josh Harding saved all 14 shots he faced, and Antti Miettinen scored twice and assisted on Mikko Koivu's goal as the Wild ended a winless three-game road trip.

"You have to give the guys some credit for battling back," said Minnesota head coach Todd Richards. "But another poor start to the game cost us. It's January and if we want to get into the playoffs we have to do better."

Down 4-0, Miettinen got the Wild on the board on a power-play tally with 4:47 remaining in the second stanza. Past the midway mark of the third, Miettinen redirected Owen Nolan's centering pass with 7:24 left in regulation.

Auld was out of position a little later and Koivu knocked in Miettinen's pass from behind the net to make it a one-goal game with five minutes left.

Minnesota failed to net the tying goal despite pulling the goaltender in the final minute.

Wandell made it 1-0 early on when he split a pair of defenders and beat Backstrom over his right shoulder 4:57 into the game.

Richards assisted on all three Dallas goals in the middle period, first hitting an open Modano on the right goal line for a power-play goal at the 5:02 mark, and then finding Eriksson in front for his 20th goal 2:40 later.

Backstrom was pulled after an uncovered Niskanen wristed one into the back of the net with 6:23 remaining the middle stanza.

Game Notes

The Wild have dropped five straight on the road...Minnesota heads back home to face Detroit on Thursday, the same day Dallas heads to Vancouver.

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