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Stars defeat Wild to gain in Central but lose Bishop

Goalie injured in second period while trying for fourth straight shutout

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

Stars explode in 2nd period

DAL@MIN: Stars score three goals in under 3 minutes

Radek Faksa, Roope Hintz and Joel L'Esperance score three goals in 2:22 in the 2nd period to give the Stars a 3-0 lead

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Ben Bishop set the Dallas Stars record for longest shutout streak but was injured in the second period of a 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday.

Radek Faksa, Roope Hintz, Joel L'Esperance and Alexander Radulov scored, and Tyler Seguin had two assists for Dallas (37-28-5), which has won six of its past seven games and moved into a tie with the St. Louis Blues for third place in the Central Division.

"It was a playoff game for us, for both teams, I think," Faksa said. "It's getting to the end of the season and every point is huge for us. We are happy to get the two points and control the game."

 

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Bishop's streak reached 230:53, passing Ed Belfour's Stars/Minnesota North Stars record of 219:26 set from Nov. 15-29, 2000, before he left the game with a lower-body injury at 6:33 of the second after making seven saves.

"Tremendous accomplishment," said Dallas coach Jim Montgomery, who did not have an update on Bishop. "To be honest, if he doesn't get hurt, maybe he gets another shutout, you know. Because the goal that went in, he's big and it probably doesn't go anywhere, right? But [Anton] Khudobin makes saves that he can't, so that's why we have a great duo."

Video: DAL@MIN: Bishop leaves game with injury

Khudobin made 14 saves in relief of Bishop.

Bishop was trying to become the fifth goalie to get a shutout in four consecutive games he played since 1929-30, when the NHL implemented forward passes in all three zones. The others were Brian Boucher of the Phoenix Coyotes (five games, Dec. 31, 2003-Jan. 9, 2004), Roy Worters of the New York Americans (Nov. 12-20, 1930), Charlie Gardiner of the Chicago Blackhawks (Jan. 8-15, 1931) and Bill Durnan of the Montreal Canadiens (Feb. 26-March 6, 1949).

Jason Zucker scored, and Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves for the Wild (33-30-8), who have lost three straight and are three points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

"I don't know what to tell you," Minnesota forward Marcus Foligno said. "(We're) trying to play for our lives here. … We don't have enough jam right now. I think that's the biggest thing. You've got to have heart, and we have no heart right now."

The Stars scored three goals in 2:22 in the second period.

Faksa deflected a shot by Blake Comeau at 4:11 to make it 1-0.

Hintz gave Dallas a 2-0 lead at 5:25 with his third goal in two games.

L'Esperance made it 3-0 at 6:33 when he scored his first NHL goal off a pass from Jamie Benn.

"There's really no word for it," L'Esperance said. "It's pretty exciting, as you could probably tell with the way I celebrated. I was pretty fired up."

Zucker got the Wild to within 3-1 when he scored on the rebound of a Pontus Aberg shot on the power play at 9:14. It was the Wild's first power-play goal in 19 opportunities.

Radulov scored into the empty net at 18:42 of the third period for the 4-1 final.

"It was a good team effort," Benn said. "I think we worked our way into the game. We played a smart game, and that was top to bottom, both goalies, good team win for us."

 

They said it

"It's a pretty neat accomplishment (for goalie Ben Bishop to set the franchise record for longest shutout streak). I think he's been playing phenomenal hockey. The record was held by a pretty good goalie, so it just goes to show how good [Bishop] is and what he means to this team. Pretty cool to see him break that record. That's a long time without a goal." -- Stars captain Jamie Benn

"I don't really have a lot to say. You guys have seen it all. If I'm going to say anything, it would be ripping players, but we were all, I think, watching the same game, and I don't want to rip players at this stage." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

 

Need to know

The Stars have allowed two goals or fewer in their past six games. ... Radulov has 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in his past nine games. ... Seguin has five assists during a four-game point streak. ... Zucker played his 400th NHL game.

 

What's next

Stars: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN360, SNE, SNO, FS-SW, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

Wild: Host the New York Rangers on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, MSG, NHL.TV) 

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