Final

Series (Game 3 of 4)

Dallas leads 3-1

Game 1: Monday, December 19th
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Game 2: Monday, January 9th
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Game 3: Wednesday, March 22nd
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Game 4: Saturday, April 15th
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(32-31-7, 71 pts)

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(46-20-3, 95 pts)

8:30 PM ET, March 22, 2006

American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

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J. Jokinen (Stars - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

J. Lehtinen (Stars - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

M. Gaborik (Wild - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Stars rally late to upend Wild at home

DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Stars have mastered the third-period comeback.

Jere Lehtinen, Jon Klemm and Stu Barnes scored goals during a 5:18 span in the third period as the Stars rallied for a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night.

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 period.

"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."

Jussi Jokinen added a goal and two assists and Jason Arnott contributed two assists for Dallas, which has won eight of 10.

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 button."

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.

Game notes


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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