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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 3, Stars 2

Eriksson Ek's late goal lifts Minnesota Friday night in Dallas

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 3-2 win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Friday night:

1. Playing for the third time in four nights and for the second time in as many nights, the Wild was at its best late.

Really late.

With the game tied at 2-2 with 26.7 seconds left, Joel Eriksson Ek gathered in a loose puck behind the net and wrapped it around and past Ben Bishop for his second goal of the game and the game-winning marker.

The victory is Minnesota's third straight. 

Devan Dubnyk was outstanding on the night, making several grade-A stops along the way and finishing with 31 saves.


2. Zach Parise skated in his 1,000th NHL game. 

The Bloomington native became the eighth Minnesota-born player to reach the milestone and the eighth player to do so in a Wild uniform, joining Mikko Koivu, Ryan Suter, Eric Staal, Matt Cooke, Matt Cullen, Andrew Brunette and Keith Carney.

Parise ranks first all-time amongst Minnesota-born players in goals and game-winning goals, second in power-play goals and shots on goal, third in scoring and eighth in assists. Parise ranks tied for first amongst active American-born players in goals and fourth in scoring.

In reaching 1,000 games, Parise became the 347th player (344th skater) in NHL history to reach the plateau. 

He and his father, former Minnesota North Star J.P. Parise, rank sixth all-time in combined NHL games among fathers and sons at 1,889.


3. Minnesota scored twice in the span of four minutes of the second period to pull even.

Dallas got a first-period power play goal from Joe Pavelski to draw first blood, the Denis Gurianov made it 2-0 a couple minutes into the second.

Playing for the second time in 24 hours, it would have been easy for the Wild to go away quietly.

Video: MIN@DAL: Eriksson Ek banks puck home to trim deficit

Instead, Joel Eriksson Ek chipped a loose puck between goaltender Ben Bishop and the post to halve the deficit. Just 3:44 later, Ryan Donato fired a quick shot at Bishop from a bad angle and slipped it between his left pad and the post to even the game headed to the third.

Video: MIN@DAL: Donato scores from tough angle

For Donato, it was his 10th goal of the season. Luke Kunin and Kevin Fiala earned assists. Fiala now has five points in the past three games. 

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