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Wild score seven, Stalock makes 27 saves to shut out Stars

Zucker has goal, two assists for Minnesota, which gets second straight win

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Stalock shuts out the Stars

DAL@MIN: Stalock earns second shutout of season

Alex Stalock makes 27 saves for his second shutout of the season as the Wild post a 7-0 victory against the Stars

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Alex Stalock made 27 saves, and seven players scored for the Minnesota Wild in a 7-0 win against the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

Jason Zucker had a goal and two assists for Minnesota (22-20-6), which has won two games in a row after losing four straight (0-3-1).

"Tonight, we wanted it again and we played 60 minutes," said Stalock, who has two shutouts this season and seven in the NHL. "It was good."

 

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Mats Zuccarello, Ryan Donato and Ryan Hartman each had a goal and an assist, and Minnesota went 3-for-3 on the power play.

Dallas (27-17-4) lost three of four heading into the All-Star break following a six-game winning streak.

"We looked like a team that had never played together before," Stars coach Rick Bowness said. "We all did something wrong. … Did we see that coming? No, so it's pretty hard to describe what we just saw."

Video: DAL@MIN: Donato buries beautiful backhand goal

Jared Spurgeon scored on a one-timer from above the right face-off circle at 10:32 of the first period to make it 1-0.

Zucker intercepted John Klingberg's pass in the neutral zone and set up Carson Soucy for a wrist shot from the top of the left circle that made it 2-0 at 16:27.

Zucker scored on the power play when his pass went in off defenseman Andrej Sekera to make it 3-0 at 3:38 of the second period.

Donato scored 33 seconds later to make it 4-0. He took a pass from Hartman and deked goalie Anton Khudobin before scoring on the backhand at 4:11.

"We were crisp today," Zucker said. "Our passes were on, and guys were trying to do the right things."

Khudobin was pulled after Donato's goal. He made 13 saves, and Ben Bishop made 12 in relief.

Zuccarello made it 5-0 at 19:07 when he scored off the rebound of a Zucker shot at 19:07.

Zach Parise made it 6-0 at 13:19 of the third period with a power-play goal, and Hartman scored on the power play at 16:50 for the 7-0 final.

"We've played games 45 minutes, 55 minutes, but you had that lull. I never felt there was a lull (tonight) where we were doing the wrong things and we got carried away, cheating the game type thing," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I thought we played the right way for 60 minutes."

Video: Stalock, Wild blank Dallas in a 7-0 win

 

They said it

"Seems like [the All-Star break] couldn't fall at a better time. I don't know what it is, but it happened before Christmas, sloppy games, and here we are again. We've got a little while to regroup, rest up, and we'll get back at it in a week." -- Stars captain Jamie Benn

"There are so many great teams, and we feel like we're one of them. There's good stretches and bad stretches. We just have to balance those as best we can. We have to make sure we come out really well on Monday (against the Florida Panthers) and Wednesday (against the Detroit Red Wings), and enjoy our break. It's going to be much more enjoyable if we have a couple of really good games here." -- Wild forward Jason Zucker

Video: DAL@MIN: Zucker scores fortuitous PPG off defender

 

Need to know

Stars defenseman Stephen Johns was minus-1 with two shots on goal, two hits and one blocked shot in 18:29 in his first game since March 29, 2018, also against the Wild, because of post-traumatic headaches. ... Dallas forward Tyler Seguin has not scored in nine games dating to Dec. 28. He has five assists in that span. ... The Stars were 0-for-1 on the power play. ... Wild forward Mikko Koivu was a late scratch because he was ill. ... Parise has four goals in the past three games. ... Minnesota scored seven goals in a shutout for the second time in its history (also Jan. 15, 2015, at the Buffalo Sabres).

 

What's next

Stars: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 27 (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNW, NHL.TV)

Wild: Host the Florida Panthers on Monday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN, TVAS, FS-WI, FS-N+, FS-F, NHL.TV)

Video: Zucker, Stalock propel Wild past Stars

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