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Fontaine, Dumba get 1st goals, Harding has 19 saves in 2nd straight win as Wild beat Stars 5-1

Saturday, 10.12.2013 / 10:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Fontaine, Dumba get 1st goals, Harding has 19 saves in 2nd straight win as Wild beat Stars 5-1

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Rookies Justin Fontaine and Mathew Dumba both scored their first NHL goals and Josh Harding made 18 saves for his second straight win as the Minnesota Wild beat the Dallas Stars 5-1 on Saturday night.

Minnesota came in giving up a league-low 22.0 shots per game, and kept the pressure off Harding, who was filling in for injured starter Niklas Backstrom.

Dallas' Dan Ellis, starting for injured starter Kari Lehtonen, allowed five goals on 36 shots.

The Wild jumped ahead with the fastest goal to start a game in team history, as Fontaine put Minnesota on the board just 12 seconds in.

Cooke doubled the lead midway through the first, beating Ellis on a wrap-around after stealing the puck from defenceman Alex Goligoski behind the net off a faceoff.

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