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Klingberg scores in overtime, Stars defeat Wild

by Steve Hunt

DALLAS -- John Klingberg scored at 3:18 of overtime to lift the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory against the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center on Saturday.

Klingberg beat Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk top shelf off the rush after a pass from Tyler Seguin to give the Stars their fourth win in five games.

"I think they got caught with some guys that were tired," Klingberg said. "I was tired too, but I saw Jamie [Benn] bump the puck to [Seguin], and I had a clear lane through the neutral zone, and they got caught from the red line. I was just trying to find an open lane for [Seguin] to find me there, and he was making a good saucer pass there. It was pretty empty, and it was fun to see it go in."

Jason Spezza and Benn also scored, and Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves for Dallas (14-4-0), which won its second straight and ended Minnesota's winning streak at three.

"I thought we played well. It was one heck of a hockey game," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "It's a good team. Their goalie made some huge saves. We missed some great opportunities, some real good looks. They had a couple flurries. I don't think they had as many as we did. We played a heck of a game."

Klingberg and Benn each had two assists.

The Stars are 2-0 in overtime; they defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Oct. 29, with Benn scoring the winner. Minnesota is 1-3 in overtime.

"Well, 3-on-3 certainly favors them," Wild coach Mike Yeo said of the Stars. "We saw just what they can do. I don't think we did a good enough job 3-on-3 tonight. I think that we just gave them too many odd-man rushes, and obviously there's going to be some of that, but we got to make sure we're not giving up 2-on-1 after 2-on-1."

Nino Niederreiter and Marco Scandella scored for Minnesota (10-3-3).

Spezza redirected a Klingberg wrist shot from the high slot at 7:41 of the first period, one second after a high-sticking penalty on Wild forward Chris Porter expired, to put Dallas ahead 1-0.

"[Klingberg] was pretty darn good again," Ruff said. "He's made some nice looks. One heck of a goal in overtime, great play by [Seguin] to get it over to him."

Niederreiter tied it at 5:15 of the second period by deflecting in a Jared Spurgeon wrist shot from the left point. The goal was upheld by video review when it was determined Niederreiter did not interfere with Lehtonen before the puck crossed the goal line.

Minnesota nearly took the lead at 9:01 of the second, but a slap shot by defenseman Matt Dumba from the left point hit the far post.

Benn scored 2:26 into the third period with Dallas on the power play. He redirected a Klingberg wrist shot from near the blue line to put the Stars up 2-1.

It was Benn's 12th goal, tying him for the NHL lead with the Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane, who also scored Saturday.

The Wild tied it a second time at 7:05 of the third when Scandella scored with a wrist shot from the high slot that deflected off the right skate of Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn before beating Lehtonen to the near post.

"There's no quit in our team, we know that. It's nice to see," Wild center Charlie Coyle said. "We're coming into a tough road game against a good team, so to battle back, yeah, it's a good thing, and like I said, that point is going to be huge down the road. But we want to keep pushing, see what we can get better at, tighten things up and just go from there."

Scandella missed the previous two games due to a family issue and hadn't played since Nov. 7 at the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"It was great," Yeo said of Scandella's performance. "I was real happy for him, getting that goal. It's pretty impressive, really, that he could not be on the ice all week and then come out and play the way that he did tonight. He was a horse, certainly one of our leaders there tonight just as far as the way that he was battling and competing and winning loose pucks and helping us get to our game."

Lehtonen turned Niederreiter away at the near post with 1:05 remaining to help get the game to overtime.

Dubnyk made 33 saves.

"[He played] good, gave us a great chance to win a hockey game and made some big saves," Wild center Mikko Koivu said.

The Stars are 2-1-0 against the Central Division. They won eight games against divisional foes all of last season.

"We've got a lot of games left against our division, so we don't want to get ahead of ourselves," Spezza said. "And we've lost to Colorado. We feel like that's the reason we missed the playoffs last year, because we didn't win enough games in our division. It's no secret how good our division is, so we're going to have to win a lot of games and we'll just keep plugging along."

Prior to the game, there was a moment of silence to honor the victims of the attacks in Paris on Friday.

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