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NYR
4
OTT
1
FINAL
SJS
5
TBL
4
FINAL OT
EDM
2
WPG
3
FINAL SO
CBJ
4
BUF
3
FINAL
MTL
3
TOR
5
FINAL SO
LAK
2
DET
3
FINAL
NYI
4
PHI
6
FINAL
FLA
2
CAR
3
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ANA
3
STL
2
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COL
5
NSH
4
FINAL
NJD
2
PHX
3
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MIN
3
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CGY
2
VAN
3
DAL
40-31-11
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43-27-12
OT
35 SOG
19 SOG

Another game-winner for Prosser lifts Wild past Stars

Dan Myers  - NHL.com Correspondent | Sunday, 01.19.2014 / 2:04 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- There couldn't have been a more fitting ending to Hockey Day Minnesota.

The statewide celebration of the game, emanating this year from Elk River, Minn., got a storybook ending Saturday when native son Nate Prosser scored the game-winning goal 2:42 into overtime, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win against the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center.

"If there's any undecided votes for the mayor of Elk River, I think we cleared that up tonight," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "All kidding aside, that's a very fitting end to Hockey Day."

Indeed.

Prosser, who has scored only three goals in his 98-game NHL career, now has game-winners in two straight games for the Wild, who have won seven of their past nine.

"We're real happy to have that moment because, talk about a guy who goes out and does all the thankless things, doesn't get a lot of those opportunities to get the glory," Yeo said. "Certainly, he's a guy that goes out and gives other guys that opportunity."

With the Wild outshot and outchanced virtually all night, Minnesota forced overtime thanks in large part to goaltender Darcy Kuemper, who made 33 saves. Once it got there, a quality shift by young forwards Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter set up the winner.

Prosser played the puck behind the net to Coyle, who passed to Niederreiter for a one-timer in the slot. Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped the shot, but the rebound squirted free to Prosser, who was crashing from the blue line, and he pushed it through Lehtonen's five-hole.

"I'm at an all-time high right now, I can't believe what happened," Prosser said. "Nino and Coyle, they had a good forecheck going, made some good plays. I saw him go to the net so tried sneaking backdoor and it just popped out to me. I just wanted to get it in."

Another player with local ties got the Wild on the board first. Fourth-line center Erik Haula, a former University of Minnesota star, blocked an Erik Cole shot at the point in one end, then chipped the puck off the glass to himself to create a mini-breakaway. Haula's wrister beat Lehtonen at 7:17 and was his first career NHL goal. It came on Minnesota's first shot of the game.

"Something you dream about," Haula said. "Something that's been a long time coming, it's unbelievable. It took a little while for the chills to go away."

The Stars held the Wild to three shots in the first period, but trailed until 11:57 of the second when they strung together a number of quality shifts and zone time. A shot by Vernon Fiddler at the top of the right circle was stopped by Kuemper, but a juicy rebound went right to Ryan Garbutt at the top of the crease for his 10th of the season.

Less than three minutes later, the Wild's third line took advantage of a Stars turnover in their own end, holding the zone until a Ryan Suter shot from the point got through traffic and over Lehtonen for his sixth of the season.

Despite leading 2-1 on the scoreboard, Minnesota trailed Dallas 22-9 in shots through 40 minutes.

"We outworked them, outplayed them, didn't give them a lot," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "A little bit of bad luck."

Minnesota remained on top until a holding penalty to Clayton Stoner put the Stars on the power play midway through the third period, and rookie Alex Chiasson scored his ninth of the season and first in 20 games at 9:32 to get Dallas even.

An initial shot by Tyler Seguin was stopped by an aggressive Kuemper, who came to the top of his crease to stop the shot. The puck caromed to the right circle for Alex Goligoski, who only had Suter standing in the crease between him and a goal. Suter did his best to make a save, keeping out the attempt by Goligoski, but Chiasson was there to clean up the loose puck in the crease.

"This was probably one of our best games defensively, as far as scoring chances allowed to the other team," Chiasson said. "It's just tough. It's just a little play there, we battle through. It would have been nice to get a win."

Lehtonen made 16 saves and has one win in his past seven starts. As a team, the Stars have won just once to start 2014.

Dallas has three games in hand on Minnesota, but is now nine points back of the Wild in the Central Division standings. The teams play again Tuesday in Dallas, but the Stars have a game Monday against the Nashville Predators first.

Kuemper improved to 4-2-0 this season and has started four consecutive games, winning three.

1st2nd3rdOTT
DAL
MIN
Scoring Summary
1st Period
07:11MIN Erik Haula (1) ASST: NONE 1 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
11:57DAL Ryan Garbutt (10) ASST: Vernon Fiddler (8), Rich Peverley (17) 1 - 1 Tie
14:09MIN Ryan Suter (6) ASST: Torrey Mitchell (8), Jonas Brodin (8) 2 - 1 MIN
3rd Period
09:32DAL PPG - Alex Chiasson (9) ASST: Alex Goligoski (15), Tyler Seguin (24) 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
02:42MIN Nate Prosser (2) ASST: Nino Niederreiter (17), Charlie Coyle (12) 3 - 2 MIN
Three Stars of the Game
Nate Prosser
1st
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:12
Darcy Kuemper
2nd
SA: 35TOI: 62:42
GA: 2EV: 29-30
PIM: 0PP: 3-4
SV%: .943SH: 1-1
Erik Haula
3rd
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 9:42
Penalty Summary
1st Period
13:48MIN Nino Niederreiter  Hooking against  Shawn Horcoff
15:26DAL Shawn Horcoff  Hi stick - double minor against  Kyle Brodziak
2nd Period
18:50MIN Jason Pominville  Tripping against  Ryan Garbutt
3rd Period
00:52DAL Ryan Garbutt  Roughing against  Torrey Mitchell
00:52MIN Torrey Mitchell  Roughing against  Ryan Garbutt
05:51DAL Trevor Daley  Hooking against  Justin Fontaine
08:49MIN Clayton Stoner  Holding against  Ryan Garbutt
OT Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodDALMIN
1st93
2nd136
3rd118
OT22
Total3519
Team Stats
CategoryDALMIN
Power Plays1/30/3
Hits718
Faceoff Wins3331
Giveaways32
Takeaways27
Blocked Shots1222
Penalty Minutes88
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  • MINNESOTA
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