LW Jamie Benn scored the lone shootout goal in the fourth round, and Steve Ott scored twice in regulation, leading the Dallas Stars and Mike Modano past the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in front of 19,106 – the sixth-largest regular season crowd ever at Xcel Energy Center. C Casey Wellman scored his first NHL goal nine seconds into the third period, C Mikko Koivu
scored twice and G Niklas Backstrom
made 23 saves for Minnesota, which ended its season 38-36-8.
C Casey Wellman scored his first NHL goal nine seconds into the third period, the game-winner. Wellman tied the Wild’s record for fastest goal from the start of a period. Brian Rolston scored nine seconds into the 2nd period of a 3-2 win over St. Louis on Nov. 30, 2007. Wellman, one of eight players to make his NHL debut for the Wild this season, posted four points (1-3=4) in 12 games after signing with the Wild as a free agent out of the University of Massachusetts on March 16.
C Mikko Koivu
registered his ninth career two-goal game, giving him a new career-high 22 goals this season. Koivu finished the season with a career-high 71 points (22-59=71), the third-highest total in Wild history.
C Kyle Brodziak
had an assist to establish a new career-high with 32 points (9-23=32).
D Greg Zanon had an assist and recorded career-highs in helpers (13) and points (15).
Elk River, Minn., native D Nate Prosser
made his Wild home debut, skating 18:19, registering a plus-1 with one penalty.
The Wild had won its last six home finales and is now 6-2-1 all-time in its final regular season home game. Minnesota is 4-2-3 in its final regular season home game overall.
Stars C Mike Modano, playing possibly his final NHL game, skated 16:51 and missed a shootout attempt. Modano, who turns 40 in June, was drafted first overall by the Minnesota North Stars in 1988. He has spent his entire career with the Stars franchise and was named tonight’s No. 1 star.