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Cole scores late breakaway goal, gives Stars win over Wild after Modano honoured

Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 11:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Cole scores late breakaway goal, gives Stars win over Wild after Modano honoured

DALLAS - Erik Cole scored on a breakaway with 4:49 to play, and the Dallas Stars rallied to defeat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Saturday night.

Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen was injured in a collision with the Wild's Erik Haula at 6:37 of the third period. Newly acquired goalie Tim Thomas earned the win in his Stars debut in relief.

Haula was given a major penalty for charging and was ejected. Tyler Seguin scored during the 5-minute power play to tie the game 3-3.

Four minutes later, Cole picked up a loose puck at centre ice and beat goalie Darcy Kuemper.

Jamie Benn and Alex Chiasson also scored for Dallas.

Haula scored in the first period and Charlie Coyle in the second. Kyle Brodziak gave the Wild their only lead in the third.

Before the game, the Stars retired Mike Modano's No. 9 in front of a Dallas-record crowd of 19,109.

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