Minnesota at Dallas

Stars 4, Wild 0


DALLAS -- Everything went right for the Dallas Stars against the listless Minnesota Wild.

Erik Cole and Ray Whitney scored power-play goals, and the Stars stopped a three-game losing streak with a 4-0 victory against the Wild on Tuesday night.

Kari Lehtonen made 18 saves as Dallas (22-20-8) won for the second time in its past 11 games. It was his second shutout of the season and No. 24 for his career.

Jordie Benn scored on a penalty shot, beating Darcy Kuemper at 11:22 of the third period.

"I thought we played a great team game tonight," said Dallas captain Jamie Benn, Jordie Benn's younger brother.

Dallas was coming off a 4-1 loss at Nashville on Monday night, while the Wild played for the first time since a 3-2 overtime victory against the Stars on Saturday.

Minnesota (27-20-5) dropped to 7-3 in 2014.

Most of the first period was played in the Minnesota end. Dallas finished with 12 shots on goal to only three for the Wild. The Stars also had all three power plays in the first.

"This game goes in the garbage," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "We didn't execute. We didn't defend. We were passengers. We were spectators through the whole game."

"We won the opening faceoff and we spent 40 seconds in our own zone," Yeo said. "That's a bad sign right there that we weren't ready to execute. It just trickled on from there."

Dallas scored at 13:18 of the first when Vernon Fiddler sent a wobbly drive from the top of the left faceoff circle over Kuemper for his first goal in 28 games.

The Stars then added to their lead by scoring a power-play goal for the fifth consecutive game. Cole put the puck in the upper right corner from the left circle at 16:45, with Alex Goligoski earning his second assist of the game.

"It's a tough game when you're chasing," Wild center Kyle Brodziak said. "Being down 2-0 early on like we were, you feel like the rest of the game you're chasing the game. It's a tough league to be doing that. Good teams know how to shut you down. We couldn't get anything going."

The final goal was on a third-period penalty shot by Benn. Not Jamie Benn, the team's second-leading scorer, but Jordie. The defenseman entered the game with two career goals.

Jordie Benn skated in on Kuemper, got him to move to his left and slipped a backhand shot past him.

Benn said he had taken a penalty shot once before in the minors.

"I did that exact move, and it worked," he said. "That's the only move I have, the only one I've ever tried, and it worked again."

Jamie Benn joked: "I pretty much taught him everything he knows."

Stars coach Lindy Ruff had a different perspective.

"I think that's a move Jordie should teach Jamie. I'm serious," he said. "That was a solid pump fake."

Whitney got on the board at 13:18 of the second period, lifting the Stars to a 3-0 lead just two seconds before a high-sticking penalty on Minnesota's Justin Fontaine ran out.

Sergei Gonchar skated toward the net, and then passed to Whitney. He pulled the puck away from Kuemper, and then pushed it behind him. The shot crossed the goal line before a Wild defenseman could knock the puck away.

It marked the Stars' fourth game this season with two power-play goals.

"The third goal was huge," Lehtonen said. "It settled things even more, and made it less stressful for me."

Dallas outshot Minnesota 16-6 in the second period, and 36-18 for the game.


Cole scored two goals in this season's first 25 games, but has 12 since the slow start -- including three in his past five games. ... Dallas had 20 power-play goals in its first 45 games. The Stars have six in the past five games, and have improved from 29th to 27th in the NHL with a man advantage. ... Whitney's power-play goal was Dallas' 10th at home this season, inching the Stars toward an 11 percent success. They still rank last in the league on home power plays. ... Minnesota was 0 for 2 with a man advantage, extending its current drought to 0 for 14. ... Dallas is 4 of 7 on penalty shots this season.

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Minnesota (27-20-5)0000
Dallas  (22-20-8) «2114
Three Stars
A. Goligoski

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
J. Benn

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
K. Lehtonen

Saves: 18
Save Pct.: 1.000

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Scoring Summary
13:18 - Vernon Fiddler (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Goligoski, Roussel
16:45Power Play - Erik Cole (14), Snap Shot. Assist: Goligoski, Benn
13:18Power Play - Ray Whitney (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Gonchar, Eakin
11:22 - Jordie Benn (2), Penalty Shot, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
06:37Veilleux, 2 min, Roughing
06:37Fiddler, 2 min, Roughing
10:54Mitchell, 2 min, High sticking
15:53Fontaine, 2 min, Delay of Game
19:36Niederreiter, 2 min, Interference
08:07Roussel, 2 min, Roughing
11:20Fontaine, 2 min, High sticking
15:48Granlund, 2 min, High sticking
19:04Niederreiter, 2 min, Abuse of Official(bench)
09:11Benn, 2 min, Roughing
14:01Stoner, 5 min, Fighting
14:01Fiddler, 5 min, Fighting
14:01Stoner, 2 min, Roughing
14:01Fiddler, 2 min, Roughing
14:54Mitchell, 2 min, Hooking
19:06Gonchar, 2 min, Slashing
Shots On Goal
Darcy Kuemper59:56324
Kari Lehtonen59:58180
Game Information
Attendance - 11191
Referees - Gord Dwyer, Eric Furlatt
Linesmen - Darren Gibbs, Tony Sericolo
Other Games
Ott 2 Final
Wash 0
StL 1 Final
NJ 7
NYI 5 Final
Car 0 PPD
Phi 0
LA 3 Final
Colu 5
Fla 4 Final
Buf 3
Tor 5 Final
Colo 2
Van 2 Final
Edm 1
Wpg 3 Final
Ana 2