Minnesota 5, Dallas 1

Saturday, October 12, 2013 8:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Dallas 2-2-0-0 1-1-0-0 1-1-0-0 L1
Minnesota 2-1-1-1 2-0-1-1 0-1-0-0 W2


Wild 5, Stars 1: Matt Cooke continued his strong start to the season with a goal and an assist in the first period as Minnesota extended its home point streak to four games.

Justin Fontaine and defenseman Mathew Dumba scored their first career goals and Nino Niederreiter added his first with the Wild, who improved to 2-0-2 at Xcel Energy Center. Zach Parise netted his team-leading fourth goal in the third period and Josh Harding made 18 saves en route to his second consecutive victory.

Jamie Benn scored a power-play goal for Dallas, which lost for the first time since its season opener. Dan Ellis stopped 31 shots in his first start in place of the injured Kari Lehtonen (lower body).

Cooke set up Fontaine 12 seconds into the contest and scored on a wraparound with 9:19 left in the first period. Dumba made it 3-0 on a power play 8:23 into the second and Niederreiter extended the lead 1:57 later.

Benn got Dallas on the board with 7:20 remaining in the session, but Parise stuffed the puck past Ellis from the doorstep during a power play with 5 1/2 minutes left in the third to restore Minnesota’s four-goal advantage.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Minnesota was credited with 15 takeaways in the game, while the Stars had just three. … Fontaine’s goal was the fastest at the start of a game in franchise history. … Niederreiter, 21, had two goals and one assist in 64 career games with the New York Islanders before joining Minnesota.

Top Game Performances

Dallas   Minnesota
Jordie Benn 1 Points Matt Cooke 2
Jordie Benn 1 Goals Matt Cooke 1
Alex Chiasson 1 Assists Jared Spurgeon 2
Jordie Benn 1 Power Play Goals Mathew Dumba 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Dan Ellis .861 Save Percentage Josh Harding .947
Dan Ellis 31 Saves Josh Harding 18

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Dallas 19 1 1-3 2-4 8 30
Minnesota 36 5 2-4 2-3 6 28

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play its next game on the road against Buffalo. The Wild have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and .250 after a loss.
  • Dallas will play its next game on the road against Colorado. The Stars have a W/L % of .333 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
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