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Staal helps Wild defeat Stars @NHLdotcom

Eric Staal had two goals and an assist to help the Minnesota Wild defeat the Dallas Stars 5-1 at Xcel Energy Center.

Mikko Koivu (1:30) and Charlie Coyle (7:24) scored in the second period to put the Wild ahead 2-0.

Staal scored 35 seconds into the third to make it 3-0.

After Jason Spezza's goal at 7:11 made it 3-1, Staal scored again at 14:26 for a 4-1 lead.

Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves, and Jared Spurgeon had three assists for Minnesota, which went 5-2-0 in the preseason and opens the regular season at the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 5.

Marcus Foligno scored a power-play goal with 33 seconds remaining to make it 5-1.

Ben Bishop made 19 saves for Dallas, which finished the preseason 3-3-0 and plays its season opener against the Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 6.

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