Dallas won for the 11th time this season when trailing after two
periods, extending its league record for comebacks. And the Stars
improved to 8-0 this season when they have a three-goal third
"The goal is to win the game and you have 60 minutes," Stars
coach Dave Tippett said. "It just so happened that we used the
last 20 to do that. It would be easier on the coaches' hair color
if we led a little more."
Brian Rolston's power-play goal had given Minnesota a 2-1 lead
at 15:53 of the second period.
But Lehtinen drew Dallas even at 3:47 of the final period while
the Stars skated 5-on-3, matching a career high with his 31st goal
of the season.
Klemm connected from the slot at 5:26 to put Dallas ahead for
good, and Barnes struck from close range for his 15th at 9:05 to
make it 4-2.
"The players are determined and they're finding ways to win,"
Tippett said. "They push toward it without pushing the panic
Klemm isn't a big scorer, picking the ideal time to notch his
fourth of the season.
"I don't get in that situation very often," Klemm said.
Dallas had five third-period power plays, taking advantage of
Minnesota's undisciplined final 20 minutes.
"We played a good game tonight," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire
said. "We had a good chance to win if we play the same way (in the
third period) and stayed out of the box. The 5-on-3 killed us, it's
that simple. You can't give them penalty after penalty."
Marty Turco made 15 saves for the Stars to match the club record
for wins in a season with 37. Ed Belfour set the record in 1997-98
and Turco also accomplished the feat in 2003-04.
Marian Gaborik had a power-play goal for the Wild, who are
trying to make a late playoff bid. With 12 games left, Minnesota
has 71 points, eight behind eighth-place Edmonton in the race for
the final Western Conference playoff spot.
"It feels like it's sliding away as far as making the playoffs
a reality," Minnesota captain Wes Walz said.
Gaborik, who scored twice in Tuesday night's 3-1 victory over
Calgary, gave the Wild a 1-0 lead at 10:57 of the opening period
with his 33rd of the season on a power-play rebound.
Jokinen tied it at 1 with 47.6 seconds left in the first period,
knocking in a rebound for his 16th goal of the season.
Stars RW Bill Guerin will be sidelined at least another
week while he heals from surgery for a fractured orbital bone. The
team's goal is to have Guerin healthy and ready for the playoffs.
... The Stars were playing only their fourth home game since Feb. 6
due to the Olympic break and two long road trips. Dallas was in the
second of five straight at home. ... D Janne Niinimaa, whose
turnover led to Anaheim's game-winning goal against Dallas late in
the third period on Monday night, was among the Stars' scratches.
The pre-game announcement of the scratch was cheered by the crowd.
... The teams split the first two meetings of the season, both in
St. Paul and both 2-1 finals. ... Dallas opponents had failed to
score on 30 of 31 power plays before Minnesota struck twice with
the manpower edge.
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Arena: American Airlines Center Location: Dallas, Texas
Referees: Chris Lee, Michael McGeough Linesmen: Thor Nelson, Vaughan Rody
Attendance: 17,609 (95.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Marian Gaborik (32)
(Power Play) Assists: Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Kurtis Foster
Jussi Jokinen (16)
Assists: Jere Lehtinen, Willie Mitchell
Brian Rolston (29)
(Power Play) Assists: Mikko Koivu, Marian Gaborik
Jere Lehtinen (29)
(Power Play) Assists: Jason Arnott, Jussi Jokinen
Jon Klemm (4)
Assists: Jussi Jokinen, Mike Modano
Stu Barnes (15)
Assists: Brenden Morrow, Jason Arnott