NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Dallas
(Tuesday, February 6th)
Final Score: Dallas 4, Minnesota 2
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Sergei Zubov put Dallas in front with his late third-period goal and Stu Barnes sealed it soon after, as the Stars rallied from an early two-goal deficit and defeated the Minnesota Wild, 4-2, at American Airlines Center.
Mike Modano scored his first goal in two months and Philippe Boucher added a power-play goal for Dallas, which has captured three of its last four games. Marty Turco allowed two soft goals in the first eight-plus minutes and was pulled in favor of Mike Smith, who finished with 15 saves in the win.
This marked the opening of a five-game homestand for Dallas, which is idle until a pair of weekend matinee contests versus Anaheim and Colorado.
Petteri Nummelin and Pascal Dupuis scored for the Wild, who saw their three- game win streak halted. Niklas Backstrom allowed four goals on 35 shots in the losing effort.
With the scored tied 2-2 in the latter stages of the final period, the Stars used the power play to take the lead. With Mark Parrish in the penalty box for hooking, the Stars worked the puck around the perimeter before Jussi Jokinen held control along the right half-wall. Jokinen then sent the puck back to the near point for Zubov, who ripped home a blazing one-timer with 4:41 remaining in regulation.
At the 16:57 mark, the scoring was capped when Barnes notched his ninth marker of the campaign. Joel Lundqvist's shot from near the left half-wall made its way through traffic before Backstrom made the save. But the rebound kicked loose and Barnes punched it home from the top of the crease to seal the win.
Dallas has now won six consecutive games against the Wild.
Turco allowed a pair of similar goals within a 41-second span -- both were ordinary wrist shots from just beneath the blue line -- and the seemingly unfocused netminder headed for the bench in favor of Smith.
The Stars cut their deficit in half under four minutes later at the 12:02 mark with a power-play tally. Jokinen held control along the rear boards and sent a backhand pass from behind the net out to the low slot, where Boucher's snap shot easily beat Backstrom.
Modano, who missed six weeks with a lower body injury, scored his first goal since early December with 7:35 remaining in the middle session. He skated through the right slot, fired a shot that was saved, followed the rebound and lit the lamp with a low wrister from in close.
Minnesota forward Brian Rolston missed the game with a stomach virus...Backstrom is starting in place of Manny Fernandez, who is currently sidelined with a sprained left knee...Minnesota is 11-17-1 on the road this season...Modano has 11 goals...Dallas improved to 9-2-0 in its last 11 versus Minny...The Stars were 2-for-5 on the power play, while the visitors were scoreless on two chances with the extra skater...Attendance was 17,660.
02/06 23:16:02 ET