LW Dany Heatley
(1-2=3) recorded his first three-point game of the season, and Eden Prairie native C Chad Rau
scored a goal in his NHL debut in the middle of a three-goal, 59-second explosion, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Dallas Stars 5-2 in front of a Hockey Day Minnesota sellout crowd of 19,213 at Xcel Energy Center. RW Cal Clutterbuck
and C Kyle Brodziak
also scored in that spurt, and RW Devin Setoguchi
added a second-period goal and assist as well for Minnesota, which plays at Colorado on Tuesday in its final game before the All-Star break. G Josh Harding
made 23 saves and for the Wild.
RW Dany Heatley
tallied a goal and two assists for his first three-point game since Nov. 27, 2010, at Edmonton. He is tied for the team lead with 33 points (14-19=33) in 48 games.
C Chad Rau
scored a goal in his NHL debut. He became the 13th Minnesotan to skate for the Wild – sixth this season. Rau is the sixth Wild player to make his NHL debut this season, and the 37th player used by the Wild this season.
RW Devin Setoguchi
scored his 10th goal of the season – fourth on the power play.
RW Cal Clutterbuck
netted his 12th goal of the season – two off Heatley’s team lead.
C Kyle Brodziak
scored his 13th goal of the season – one off the team lead. It marked Brodziak’s second goal in 16 games and drew him within three goals of his career-high, set last season.
RW Jed Ortmeyer
picked up an assist, his first point in five games with the Wild this season.
C Matt Cullen
was honored before the game for skating in his 1,000th NHL game (Jan. 11). He had an assist tonight.
Minnesota scored three goals in 59 seconds to set a team record. The old mark was 1:41, set March 25, 2004, against Chicago.
The Wild scored five times in regulation for the third time this season – second at home.
Minnesota tallied four goals in a period for the first time since Jan. 9, 2010, against Chicago.
Minnesota is 4-1-1 all-time on Hockey Day Minnesota, a celebration of hockey from pee-wee to pros. FOX Sports North showed 16 hours of hockey programming today, including three outdoor games, a college contest and the Wild game. The Wild has won each of its last three HDM games. As part of Hockey Day Minnesota, presented by Wells Fargo, a telethon raised more than $120,000 for the Jack Jablonski Trust Fund.
The Wild’s crowd of 19,213 marked the team’s seventh straight sellout. It’s the Wild’s fourth-largest crowd this season and the 10th-biggest regular season crowd in team history.
LW Eric Nystrom, traded from Minnesota to Dallas before this season, scored for the Stars. He tallied one goal at Xcel Energy Center last season in 41 games.