NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Minnesota
(Saturday, January 20th)
Final Score: Dallas 2, Minnesota 1 (SO)
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Stu Barnes' goal in the ninth shootout round gave the Dallas Stars a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.
Niklas Hagman got the lone goal of the game for the Stars, winners of three straight games. Mike Ribeiro and Eric Lindros scored in the shootout and Marty Turco stopped 25 shots through 65 minutes, then seven-of-nine chances in the shootout to post his 24th win of the season.
Mikko Koivu scored for the Wild, who have lost two of three. Niklas Backstrom made 22 saves in regulation and overtime, but halted only six-of-nine in the shootout for his fourth consecutive loss.
Starting goaltender Manny Fernandez stopped all four shots sent his way in the opening 6:59 before leaving the game due to a left knee sprain.
"They've been sitting here waiting for us, and to get a point from this is pretty good, but it's definitely disappointing to not get the two points," said Minnesota forward Mark Parrish.
Barnes used a vicious backhand shot that beat Backstrom just under the crossbar for the Stars' third and final shootout score. Turco then dove out between the circles to stop Pascal Dupuis' final chance and sealed the victory.
"Well you know it's really important, we had a good trip last time out on the road," said Barnes. "Then we came home and didn't play well for a couple games, rebounded and played three good games this week, and guys played hard. That's a tough team to play against - they're so dangerous at both ends of the ice."
After 30 minutes of scoreless hockey, the Stars got on the board first when Hagman potted his 11th of the season at the ten minute mark of the second period.
After some tense moments where Turco stood tall in the net, Koivu tied the game with 6:55 left in regulation, scoring off the rebound of Parrish's shot from the slot.
Neither team generated many chances or excitement through the remainder of regulation and overtime, before the lengthy shootout portion of the game.
The Stars have won eight of the last 10 matchups, including both meetings this season...Only six penalties were whistled, four to Minnesota...It was the Wild's NHL-leading 17th game this season which went to either overtime or a shootout, and the nine rounds were the longest shootout duration in franchise history...Dallas hosts Pittsburgh coming off the All-Star break next Friday, while Minnesota returns to action next Friday as well, hosting Calgary.
01/21 00:34:21 ET