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Stars 4, Wild 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Stars 4, Wild 3
Dallas Stars 4, Minnesota Wild 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -The Dallas Stars dug themselves out of a big hole against the Minnesota Wild. They've still got some work to do to get out of the Western Conference basement.

Loui Eriksson had a goal and two assists and the Stars overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Down 3-1 late in the second period, Dallas tied it on goals by James Neal and Brad Richards, then took the lead when Eriksson tipped Stephane Robidas' shot for the winner with 7 minutes to play. It was Eriksson's team-leading 10th goal of the season.

"Maybe this is a tide-turner," said Stars coach Dave Tippett, after his team won for the first time this season when trailing after two periods. "We're still a work in progress, but we got rewarded tonight for a little bit of hard work."

Eric Belanger had goal and an assist for the Wild, who twice had apparent goals disallowed in the game.

Neal had a pair of goals for Dallas as the Stars won for just the second time in their last eight games. It was the third multipoint game of the season for Belanger.

"We needed it really bad," said Neal, who has three goals in the four games he's played since returning from a five-game stint in the minors.

"It was almost like life or death tonight, and we had a game seven mentality. We needed a win tonight and thank God we got it."

Neal got Dallas on the board first, converting after a cross-ice pass from Eriksson. Minnesota answered just 1:08 later when Belanger scored off the rebound of a Brent Burns shot.

After Owen Nolan and Andrew Brunette scored to give Minnesota a two-goal lead in the second period, the Wild appeared to take a 4-1 lead on a power play shot by Mikko Koivu. Referee Tom Kowal emphatically signaled goal after the puck sailed over the left shoulder of Stars goaltender Marty Turco and hit the crossbar. The officials spent more than 5 minutes reviewing video of the play before Kowal ruled no goal, saying the puck had not crossed the goal line.

The Wild felt that the lengthy delay was more costly than the eventual call in terms of switching momentum to the Stars.

"It takes 10 minutes to decide a goal is not in, which we knew a long time before that, it wasn't in, but we waited and waited," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said. "You have the momentum you want to play. When you have the momentum, you don't want to go for coffee."

Neal recorded his first career multigoal game late in the middle period, swatting the rebound of his own shot out of the air in front of the Wild net. Early in the third period Minnesota appeared to take a 4-2 lead on another Koivu shot, but the net had come off its moorings, negating the play. Leamire said Turco has a habit of intentionally knocking the net off the moorings.

"I'm impressed he's been paying attention to what I've been doing historically," said Turco, who had 25 saves. "I have knocked it off before when I got bumped into it to be sure it's off, but in this case I had no clue."

For Minnesota, the greater concern was a recent habit of letting third-period leads slip away.

"We've had a few games that are disappointing, and they seem to be coming in bunches," said Brunette. The Wild led Washington 4-0 on Monday before the Capitals rallied with three late goals, but Minnesota held on for a 4-3 win in that one. "I guess there should be (concern). We squandered one and got away last game, and tonight we weren't so lucky."

Niklas Backstrom had 26 saves for Minnesota, which lost a home game while scoring three goals or more for the first time since 2006.

Notes: Stars defenseman Matt Niskanen, who had been a healthy scratch for the previous two games, was back in the lineup on Wednesday. ... Minnesota's first period penalty for a faceoff violation was the team's first such infraction since Dec. 10, 2002. ... Since moving from the Twin Cities to Dallas in 1993, the Stars are now 8-6-1 in games played in Minnesota. ... Dallas winger Sean Avery played in his 400th career game on Wednesday.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:41
DAL
James Neal (4) ASST: Loui Eriksson (6), Brad Richards (12)
1 - 0 DAL
09:49
MIN
Eric Belanger (5) ASST: Brent Burns (5), Marc-Andre Bergeron (8)
1 - 1 Tie
12:45
MIN
PPG - Owen Nolan (2) ASST: Mikko Koivu (15), Antti Miettinen (8)
2 - 1 MIN
2nd Period
01:06
MIN
Andrew Brunette (7) ASST: Martin Skoula (1), Eric Belanger (7)
3 - 1 MIN
17:40
DAL
James Neal (5) ASST: NONE
3 - 2 MIN
3rd Period
08:30
DAL
Brad Richards (6) ASST: Loui Eriksson (7), Landon Wilson (1)
3 - 3 Tie
13:00
DAL
Loui Eriksson (10) ASST: Stephane Robidas (8)
4 - 3 DAL
penalty summary
1st Period
11:05
DAL
Landon Wilson  Interference against  Derek Boogaard
13:26
MIN
Andrew Brunette  Delay of game - bench
2nd Period
02:56
MIN
Derek Boogaard  Elbowing against  Krys Barch
02:56
DAL
Krys Barch  Fighting (maj) against  Derek Boogaard
02:56
MIN
Derek Boogaard  Fighting (maj) against  Krys Barch
06:01
DAL
Toby Petersen  Hooking against  James Sheppard
15:29
DAL
Nicklas Grossmann  Holding against  Mikko Koivu
18:06
MIN
Benoit Pouliot  Roughing against  Krys Barch
3rd Period
17:13
MIN
Brent Burns  Slashing against  Sean Avery
20:00
DAL
Marty Turco  Roughing against  Brent Burns
goalie stats
Marty Turco
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 2PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .893SH: 0 - 0
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 30TOI: 59:23
Saves: 26EV: 21 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .867SH: 1 - 1