Last time the Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild met, the Stars didn’t play their best game and lost with a score of 7-4. Last night, on the night Mike Modano was honored as a member of the Dallas Stars 20th anniversary team, was also the day that Jaromir Jagr became the 12th player in NHL history to register his 1,000th assist. They also played a better game and earned two big points, knocking off the Minnesota Wild, 5-3.
The win on Friday pushed the Stars (16-14-3) one point out of eighth place in the Western Conference standings. The Stars were able to comeback after letting the Wild tie the game up in the second period, unlike many other games were they’ve blown the lead and lost.
The Stars started off the scoring in the first period when Ray Whitney rammed the puck past Matt Hackett’s blocker side on the power play after a faceoff win by Jamie Benn. The Stars extended their lead to 2-0 a little more than three minutes later in the period when Reilly Smith’s shot deflected off an Aaron Rome rocket from the left point that went wide, but Tomas Vincour knocked home the rebound.
The Wild made it 2-1 with 1:12 left in the period as Devon Setoguchi scored off a play started because of an Alex Goligoski turnover. The Stars came close to extending it to 3-1 with just over 40 seconds left in the period, but Hackett made a spectacular glove save as Loui Eriksson tried to tuck the puck in the net. It appeared the Stars had blown yet another lead off the seventh goal of the season by Jared Spurgeon. The goal came off a rebound with 4:44 left in the second period while the Wild were on the power play. The Stars tried to make it 3-2 but Hackett made two specular saves on Jamie Benn and Eric Nystrom to end the period.
The Stars got the lead back 1:02 into the third period with a goal off the rush when Erik Cole banged home a rebound from the slot to put the Stars ahead 3-2. The Stars went on a two-minute five-on-three power play a little more than a minute later and quickly cashed in when Jamie Benn scored from the right circle to make it a 4-2 game at the 2:10 mark. That was also when Jaromir Jagr got his 1,000th career assist, making him only the 12th player in NHL history to do so.
The Stars increased their lead on the power play yet again when Cody Eakin got to a loose puck in the crease and slipped it into the net for a 5-3 lead with 7:20 remaining in the third period. Torrey Mitchell scored for the Wild with just under a minute left to make it a 5-3 game, but the Stars hung on to win the game and snap the Wild’s win streak at seven.
Their next game is tomorrow when they face the LA Kings for a 5:00pm start at the American Airlines Center.