NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Minnesota|
(Tuesday, February 20th)
Final Score: Minnesota 2, Dallas 1 (SO)
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Mikko Koivu scored the lone goal of the
shootout, as the Minnesota Wild nipped the Dallas Stars, 2-1, at XCel Energy
Brian Rolston scored in regulation for the Wild, who won for the fourth time
in six games. Niklas Backstrom stopped 23 shots, and turned aside all three in
the shootout, to post his 11th win of the year.
Niklas Hagman tallied for the Stars, who lost for the second time in their
last six games. Marty Turco made 38 saves in the loss.
The speedy Finn's game-winner came as he made a quick move from the forehand
to the backhand just outside the crease, and roofed the puck an instant before
Turco could sweep it away on a poke-check.
"I tried to change it up because the goaltenders are pretty much aware
of what's coming and it's good to have a few moves," Koivu said of his nifty
Rolston tallied the first goal of the night for the Wild on a power play with
1:40 left in the second period. Koivu took the puck away from Turco behind the
net, turned and slipped it to the winger, who hit the net for his 26th goal of
Dallas came right back 39 seconds later on Hagman's tally, and the 1-1
deadlock would last until the deciding shootout score.
"Both teams wanted the two points, and it was another hard-fought battle
between the two clubs," Turco said. "I think we're both happy we don't see
each other the rest of the year."
Dallas has won nine of the last 12 meetings, and won three of the four
matchups between the teams this season...There were only four penalties
whistled in the game, three to the Stars...Minnesota travels to Colorado on
Thursday, and Dallas hosts Anaheim on Friday.
02/20 23:19:57 ET