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StarPoints For 3/14 vs Minnesota

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

Minnesota Wild (32-28-7) @ Dallas Stars (32-28-8)
7:00PM - American Airlines Center
Television - Fox Sports Southwest
Radio-News/Talk 820 WBAP

1.)  Saturday’s match-up marks the third of four meetings this season between the Minnesota Wild and the Dallas Stars. The Stars have won both previous meetings, one in Dallas and one in Minnesota. The first contest took place Oct. 29 in Dallas as Brad Richards scored his first game-winning goal of the season to defeat the Wild, 4-2. The second game took place Nov. 26 in St. Paul as the Stars used a two-goal third period to put away the Wild, 4-3.
 
2.)  Brendan Morrison recorded his first point as a Dallas Star on Thursday night against Carolina. Morrison was able to tip a shot from Mike Modano past Carolina’s Cam Ward for his 11th goal and third game-winner of the season. The center was playing in only his fifth game for Dallas since being claimed off waivers from Anaheim on March 4. Morrison has played in 67 games this season collecting 23 points (11-12-23).

3.)  The Stars enjoy playing at home against Minnesota. Since the Wild entered the NHL for the 2000-01 season, the two teams have met 15 times in the Lone Star State and the Stars have posted an 11-2-2 record. Mike Modano and Brendan Morrison have combined for 11 goals and 35 assists against the Wild in their careers. Overall, Dallas boasts a 19-8-3 record against Minnesota.
 
4.)  Steve Begin gets on the scoreboard. The 30-year-old came to Dallas via trade with Montreal on Feb. 26 and has played in eight games for the Stars. Begin recorded his first point as a Star on Thursday as he fought traffic in front of the Hurricanes’ net and pushed the puck past the redline for the Stars’ second goal of the night. The goal was his seventh of the season and 11th point of 2008-09.
 
5.)  One to watch for: Niklas Backstrom, who just signed a three-year contract extension with Minnesota, has been a brick wall this season for the Wild. Minnesota is 27th in the NHL in goals scored but the club is still very much alive for a playoff berth this season, because of the solid, steady play of their goaltender. The 31-year-old is ranked in the top 10 in almost all goaltending categories in the NHL this season. Backstrom ranks fourth in the NHL with a 2.34 GAA and fifth with a .922 save percentage. He also ranks tied for second with six shutouts. Backstrom has faced the Stars nine times in his career, posting a 2-5-2 record with a 2.73 GAA.



Author: Dallas Stars Staff

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