Marco Scandella gave the Minnesota Wild a 5-4 overtime win Friday against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. It was Scandella’s second overtime goal after the team blew a three-goal lead this season.
The Wild would not have been in overtime if Thomas Vanek had not scored with less than two minutes remaining in the game for his second goal of the season. He fired a shot from the face-off dot to Kari Lehtonen’s left after the puck squirted to him from the corner over the goaltender’s glove.
Vanek and Zach Parise, both finished the game with three points, combined to set up Scandella for his game-winner two minutes and four seconds into overtime. Scandella drove the net on a rush as Vanek stopped and slid a pass across the slot Parise, who re-directed it back to Scandella on the backdoor.
Vanek also assisted on the game’s first goal when intercepted a clearing attempt by Stars defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka and fired a pass to Nino Niederreiter in the slot. Niederreiter caught the pass with his skate and quickly snapped a shot past Lehtonen for his team-leading 11th goal of the season.
The Wild were forced to rally after surrendering four goals over a 17 minute and 11 second span that began late in the second period. The first three came in the last three minutes and 42 seconds of the second period.
The Stars (9-9-5) took control of the game before they got on the board at the 16:18 of the middle stanza. Ales Hemsky stickhandled around Ryan Suter and fired a shot past Darcy Kuemper.
Tyler Sequin got the Stars within a goal one minute and 10 seconds remaining in the period after his breakaway shot was stopped by Kuemper and the puck went into the net off Jared Spurgeon. It took the Stars just 59 seconds to tie the game when Erik Cole got a shot past Kuemper through a screen.
Alex Goligoski gave the Stars their first lead of the game with a wrist shot over Kuemper’s shoulder off a rush at the 13:29 mark of the third period.
The Wild (13-9-0) took a 3-0 lead at the 11:47 mark of the second period when Parise started a 2-on-1 rush with a cross-ice pass in the neutral zone to Jason Pominville, who in turn slid a pass under the Stars defender to Mikael Granlund. The playmaking center finished the play with a shot over the sprawling Lehtonen. Granlund has three goals this season — one in each of the three games against the Stars.
Jason Zucker continued his hot streak by scoring a rebound goal off a shot by Nate Prosser. Prosser’s perfectly placed shot was kicked right out into the slot by Lehtonen and Zucker chipped it into the open net.
The Wild return to action Saturday against the St. Louis Blues at the Xcel Energy Center.
No. 3 – Marco Scandella. The Wild defenseman scored a goal.
No. 2 – Zach Parise. The Wild forward recorded three assists.
No. 1 – Thomas Vanek. The Wild forward recorded a goal and two assists.
Minnesota……2 1 1 1 – 5
Dallas…………0 3 1 0 – 4
First Period – 1, Minnesota, Niederreiter 11 (Vanek), 8:41. 2, Minnesota, Zucker 9 (Prosser, Koivu), 17:29. Penalties – Oleksiak, DAL (kneeing), 3:30; Koivu, MIN (interference), 5:16.
Second Period – 3, Minnesota, Granlund 3 (Pominville, Parise), 11:47. 4, Dallas, Hemsky 1 (Horcoff, Jokipakka), 16:18. 5, Dallas, Seguin 18 (Ja. Benn, Jokipakka), 18:50. 6, Dallas, Cole 5 (Daley, Demers), 19:49. Penalties – Brodziak, MIN (cross checking), 6:09.
Third Period – 7, Dallas, Goligoski 1 (Sequin, Ja. Benn), 13:29. 8, Minnesota, Vanek 2 (Suter, Parise), 18:08. Penalties – Haula, MIN (cross checking), 5:32; Eakin, DAL (roughing), 5:32; Scandella, MIN (hooking), 9:05.
Overtime – 9, Minnesota, Scandella 4 (Parise, Vanek), 2:04. Penalties – None.
Shots on goal – Minnesota 11-8-12-3 34. Dallas 9-16-20-0 45.
Goalies – Minnesota, Kuemper (41-45). Dallas, Lehtonen (29-34). Referees – Gord Dwyer, Marc Joannette. Linesmen – Kiel Murchison, Don Henderson.