Minnesota used three second-period goals en route to a 4-1 victory over Dallas on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,088 at Xcel Energy Center. C Mikael Granlund, D Matt Dumba, LW Thomas Vanek and RW Nino Niederreiter scored the Wild. G Darcy Kuemper made 19 saves to earn his sixth win of the season. The Wild will play its final contest of a three-game homestand against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Minnesota outshot Dallas, 30-20, and has outshot its opponents in every game this season, totaling a 350-229 advantage through 10 games.
The Wild has scored at least one second period goal in eight of its 10 games, totaling 17 on the season which ranks first in the NHL. Minnesota has scored first in eight of its 10 games this season, posting a 6-2-0 record when scoring first. The Wild is 1-1-0 when the opposing team scores first.
Minnesota scored its first two power-play goals of the season and killed all four of the Stars power-play chances, including a 1:18 5-on-3. The Wild ranks fourth in the NHL with an 89.3 penalty kill percentage (3-for-28). The Wild also recorded a season high 23 blocked shots.
Minnesota has won all its games on home ice this season and is the only Western Conference team and one of just two NHL teams that hasn’t lost a regulation or an extra session home game this season (MTL, 4-0-0). The Wild went 3-0-0 on home ice this preseason, 5-1-0 at home in the 2014 playoffs and 26-10-5 in 2013-14 at Xcel Energy Center.
D Matt Dumba scored his first goal of the season and second point of the season (1-1=2). His only other career goal came against Dallas last season (10/12/13).
Dumba’s goal at 13:14 and Fiddler’s goal at 13:21 in the second period sets a Wild franchise record for fastest two goals on home ice at 0:07, previously set at 0:10 by Mark Parrish (MIN) and Jonathan Cheechoo (SJ) on Dec. 31, 2007 (19:31 & 19:38 of the third). It ties the franchise best, previously done twice, recently by Taylor Pyatt (VAN) and Pierre-Marc Bouchard (MIN) on Jan. 21, 2008 (15:22 & 15:32 of the third).
LW Zach Parise earned his 119th multi-point game with two assists on the night. He leads the team with 10 points (4-6=10) in 10 games this season.
C Mikael Granlund netted his first goal of the season and has three points in his last four games (1-2=3). He has five points in 10 games (1-4=5).
The line of Parise, Granlund and Pominville has totaled 22 points (8-14=22), 102 shots and a plus-16 rating, including seven points (2-5=7) on 16 shots with a plus-10 rating during the season opener.
LW Thomas Vanek scored his first goal in a Wild sweater and the team’s first power-play goal. He has seven points (1-6=7) in his last seven games and leads the team with seven assists.
RW Nino Niederreiter scored the Wild’s second power-play goal and the fourth Wild goal of the game. He has four points in his last five games (2-2=4) and has five points (3-2=5) in 10 games.
D Ryan Suter tallied the primary assist on Niederreiter’s goal. He has totaled four assists in his last five games and has six on the season – his six rank second on the team. He skated 28:28 tonight and has led all skaters – Wild and opponents – in TOI in all but one game this season.
G Darcy Kuemper has posted a 6-2-0 record this season with a 1.62 GAA, a .930 SV% and three shutouts. His three shutouts lead the NHL and is a career high. Including post-season, he is 16-3-2 with a 1.66 GAA and a .933 SV% at Xcel Energy Center.
C Vernon Fiddler scored for Dallas while G Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves.