By Ryan Donaldson
Monday night, Minnesota took their five game winning streak into American Airlines Center, a building where they have not won in 16 straight games. Since 2003, The Wild have been doubled up in the scoring margin, 60 to 30 in goals, during an 0-11-5 winless streak in Dallas.
It was all Minnesota early in the first period. The first and second lines came up empty after a barage of scoring chances. However, it was former Gopher Alex Goligoski that scored the game's first goal.
Adding insult to injury, Cal Clutterbuck went flying into the Dallas net getting spun around as his leg whipped into the left pipe of the cage. Clutterbuck crawled around in pain on the ice before being carried off by teammates as he applied zero weight to the injured leg. Clutterbuck was, however, able to return to the ice.
Parise lifted the spirits of the club with a quick goal to answer the mounting momentum Dallas was accruing. Parise's 13th of the season tied the game at 1 each.
Before time expired in the first, Jagr used all of his 6'3" 240 pound frame to get to a rebound as he slapped the puck past Backstrom to give Dallas the lead back.
The second period was back and forth hockey. Parise left a neat drop pass for Koivu in the Wild's offensive zone, as the Captain tied the game with his 8th goal of the year. But the Stars' Daley answered quickly with a shot that Backstrom wishes he could have had back.
The Wild were down 3-2 but not out. Parise batted at a loose puck on a scramble in font of the Stars' net and knocked in his second of the game to tie it 3-3. Then, Matt Cullen took a wide angle shot that found its way into the net for his 200th career goal and a 4-3 Wild advantage.
Minnesota tried to hold Dallas off the scoreboard in the 3rd period but were unsuccessful after the Stars' Larsen buried a shot to tie the game 4-4.
Minnesota enforcer Mike Rupp was given a double minor and 10 minute misconduct after an ugly highsticking penalty left the Wild a man down for 4 minutes. But 30 seconds into the penalty kill Brodziak scored short-handed after a nifty two-on-one play between he and Clutterbuck for the first short-handed goal of the year, and a 5-4 lead. After several Dallas scoring chances in the final 3 minutes of the Rupp powerplay, Heatley pounded home a Clutterbuck rebound to go up 6-4. Then Bouchard added an empty netter for a 3 goal cushion and a 7-4 victory in Dallas for the first time in a decade.
Kyle Brodziak scored the game winner, and after the game said "Early on we were going through growing pains, trying to find an identity not just as a team but every line. Over this last stretch every line has been working together, we know we have to stick with our program every night and everything else will take care of itself."
Wild improve to 19-10-2 and head back home to Xcel Energy Center Wednesday night to take on the Phoenix Coyotes at 8pm on the FAN!