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Saturday, November 1 (All times Eastern)
Dallas Stars (4-2-4) at Minnesota Wild (6-3-0), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Wild will try to continue their recent hot streak, as they shoot for a fifth win in six tries when they host the struggling Dallas Stars on Saturday.
Minnesota went 6-3-0 in the first month of 2014-15 and closed October with consecutive 4-3 wins over Boston and San Jose. Tuesday's road victory over the Bruins came in regulation, but the Wild needed a shootout to defeat the visiting Sharks on Thursday.
The Wild rallied to post a victory over the Sharks in the opener of a three- game homestand. Minnesota trailed 2-0 in the first period and never held a lead in the game before winning in the shootout.
Kyle Brodziak scored two third-period goals to force extra time. Minnesota trailed 3-1 after Joe Thornton's goal at 1:37 of the third, but Brodziak tallied less than four minutes later to make it a one-goal game and he evened the score with 9:28 remaining in regulation. The goals were the first two of the season for Brodziak.
"We were getting pucks to the net but weren't get many high-quality chances," said Brodziak. "Fortunately we were able to break them down there in the third and got a few in."
Mikko Koivu also lit the lamp in regulation and Thomas Vanek had two assists for the Wild. Jason Pominville scored the decisive goal of the shootout and Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves through regulation and OT.
Even at one goal apiece after two rounds, Pominville went in slow and wristed a shot past Antti Niemi's glove and Kuemper stoned Patrick Marleau for the win.
The victory pushed Minnesota to 4-0 on home ice this season. The Wild will complete their homestand Tuesday against Pittsburgh.
Dallas has lost three straight games, but has at least earned a point while losing each of its last two outings on home ice. After dropping a 4-3 overtime decision against visiting St. Louis on Tuesday, the Stars were handed a 2-1 OT loss by Anaheim on Friday.
Nate Thompson's goal with 2:30 played in the extra session lifted the Ducks past the Stars. Corey Perry accepted a drop pass from Cam Fowler just inside the Dallas blue line, took one stride before making a hard stop below the left circle and hammering a shot towards the net. The puck deflected off Thompson and sailed by Kari Lehtonen to end the contest.
Antoine Roussel produced the lone offense for the Stars, tying the game at 1-1 with 5:27 left in the third. Lehtonen stopped 22 pucks in defeat.
Although his team was able to earn a point for the second straight game, Stars head coach Lindy Ruff was less than pleased with his club's play on Friday.
"We are very fortunate to get a point," Ruff said. "The first 40 minutes was as poor as I've seen us play."
Tyler Seguin failed to register a point Friday for only the third time this season and for the first time since Oct. 11. Seguin has 15 points on the season, tying him for the league lead with Philadelphia's Jakub Voracek and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby.
The Stars and Wild split four meetings in 2013-14, with Minnesota winning the first two encounters at home before Dallas closed the season series with a pair of victories as the host.
Dallas has claimed six of the past 10 meetings in this matchup, but the Wild have taken three in a row and five of the last six in St. Paul.
11/01 10:51:35 ET