NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Dallas |
(Saturday, April 15th)
Final Score: Dallas 4, Minnesota 3 (OT)
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Trevor Daley scored the game-winning goal with
33.7 seconds left in overtime to lift the Dallas Stars past the Minnesota
Wild, 4-3, at American Airlines Center.
Brenden Morrow, Stephane Robidas and Antti Miettinen tallied a goal apiece and
Johan Hedberg made 33 saves for Dallas, which has won four of its last five
contests. The Stars have already sewn up the second-seed in the Western
Conference playoffs with two road games remaining.
Marian Gaborik and Mattias Weinhandl notched a goal and an assist each and
Manny Fernandez stopped 20 shots for the Wild, who ended their season with two
straight losses. Minnesota finished in last place in the Northwest Division
for the fourth time in its five seasons of existence.
"In the second period, they were coming into our zone with a lot of speed,"
Gaborik said. "We tried to make plays to get into our zone and we should have
dumped it instead of chasing it. We came back in the third and had a few
chances, but it's too bad they scored."
Late in overtime, Daley took a cross-ice feed from Sergei Zubov and wristed a
shot from the left circle that caromed off Fernandez's glove and in for the
"When I'm out there with those three, I just want to sit back and watch them
play," Daley said. "But I was lucky enough to get a shot and I think I just
closed my eyes and let it go."
Minnesota drew first blood 13:49 into the first period while on the power play
when Mikko Koivu beat Hedberg for his sixth goal of the season to give the
Wild a 1-0 lead.
Dallas, however, scored the next three goals to take a commanding lead.
Robidas put Dallas on the scoreboard with 9.1 seconds left in the opening
frame when he beat Fernandez with a wrister from along the right half boards
that squirted through the five hole to make it 1-1.
The Stars took their first lead of the game 5:15 into the second period after
Morrow beat Fernandez through the five hole with a one-timer from the slot for
a 2-1 advantage.
The Stars upped their lead 90 seconds later after Miettinen beat Fernandez
glove side with a wrist shot from the right circle to make it 3-1.
The Wild, however, scored two goals 11 seconds apart in the third period to
force overtime. Hedberg strayed from his net and tried to clear the puck out
of the zone, but the clearing attempt was knocked down and Weinhandl one-timed
the loose puck into the empty net to make it 3-2.
Minnesota netted the equalizer 7:48 into the third period when Gaborik capped
a two-on-one rush by beating Hedberg glove side with a wrist shot from the
right circle to make it 3-3.
Neither team scored the rest of the way and the game went to overtime.
Daley's goal was his first since December 7, 2005...The Wild will miss the
playoffs for the second straight season... Dallas improved to 28-11-2 at
American Airlines Center this season and finished one victory shy of tying the
single-season franchise record for most home wins, established by the 1998-99
club that won the only Stanley Cup in team history...Minnesota has lost its
last four visits to Dallas.
04/15 17:28:07 ET