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Suter, Wild rally past Stars in third

Defenseman scores go-ahead goal 3:17 after Dumba ties it; Dubnyk makes 33 saves

by Jeff Miller / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- The Minnesota Wild scored three straight goals in the third period for a 3-1 win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Friday.

Ryan Suter scored to put the Wild ahead 2-1 at 12:54 with a shot off Stars defenseman Esa Lindell. The defenseman said he meant to hit Lindell's shin pad.

 

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Matt Dumba tied it 1-1 at 9:37 for the Wild (3-2-2), who have won two in a row for the first time this season. The defenseman went to the net and scored off the rebound of a Mikael Granlund shot.

Video: MIN@DAL: Dumba sweeps in loose puck

Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves for Minnesota, including 24 in the second period.

Zach Parise scored into an empty net with one minute remaining for the 3-1 final.

"On the bench, you could feel there was something like, 'OK, we scored. Who'd a thunk we were going to score?'" Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Then, all of a sudden, we kept going. We didn't want to try to take the foot off the gas, and I don't think we did the last 10 minutes."

Ben Bishop made 33 saves for the Stars (3-4-0), who have lost three straight games.

"Banking one off our guy, that's kind of the difference in the game," Bishop said.

Suter scored the game-winner in his first game back in Dallas since he broke his right ankle against the Stars on March 31.

Video: MIN@DAL: Suter banks in go-ahead goal off defender

"Hopefully now I can kind of put some closure on the whole thing and we can move on," said Suter, who had an assist on Parise's goal for his second multipoint game of the season.

Dubnyk has allowed two goals or fewer in four of his six games this season. He has a 2.11 goals-against average and .944 save percentage.

"I feel patient, and that's a big part of my game," Dubnyk said.

Video: MIN@DAL: Dubnyk pads away Janmark's shot

Boudreau said, "In the second period, if it wasn't for [Dubnyk], they could have had five (goals)."

Jason Spezza tipped Miro Heiskanen's wrist shot from the left point past Dubnyk to give Dallas a 1-0 lead 36 seconds into the third. But the Wild limited the Stars to two shots on goal after Spezza scored.

Video: MIN@DAL: Spezza scores on deflection off the draw

"Hockey is a funny game," Boudreau said. "When they scored their goal, it looked like we put it in another gear. I was really impressed that we shut them down."

Stars coach Jim Montgomery said he was disappointed that his team changed its approach after taking the lead.

"After the goal, we stopped playing," Montgomery said. "We started managing the game. Our puck pressure disappeared and our game management disappeared. It's frustrating for everybody."

Dallas played without forward Alexander Radulov, who has a lower-body injury. He has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in six games.

Rookie Roope Hintz replaced Radulov on the Stars' top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.

Dallas did not get its first shot on goal until 11:21 of the first period.

 

They said it

"Kind of gave me a bit of a stinger down my neck. I mean, that play happens. I wasn't upset with [Jamie] Benn at all. That's what makes him a great player." -- Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk on being hit in the head by Benn's elbow in the second period

Video: MIN@DAL: Dubnyk gets across for great save on Benn

 

"We can say we are going to learn from the losses, which we are, and that little 10-minute lull cost us tonight." -- Stars forward Jason Spezza

 

Need to know

Suter became the 11th United States-born defensemen with 500 NHL points (77 goals, 423 assists). ... The Stars entered the game with the best power play at home in the NHL (6-for-11, 54.6 percent) but went 0-for-3. ... Wild forward Eric Staal played his 1,100th NHL game. ... Minnesota allowed the first goal for the fifth consecutive game. The Wild are 3-1-1 in those games.

 

What's next

Wild: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, SUN, NHL.TV)

Stars: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, KCOP-13, NHL.TV)

Video: Wild score three in the 3rd to beat Stars

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