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Monday, January 24, 2022

Stars jump early on Wild, beat Minnesota 7-4

DALLAS — Joe Pawelski and Essa Lindell scored the first two Dallas shots on goal, and the Stars never held back as they beat the Minnesota Wild 7-4 on Monday night.

Pawelski hit a backhand of 1:31 in the game. Lindell scored short-handed and unassisted with a shot between Cam Talbot’s legs in 1:53, after Lindell intercepted Talbot’s pass, intended to move the Minnesota offense out of the defensive zone.

“I was a little surprised that he actually passed it,” said Lindell, “because I wasn’t that far from the guy who was on the blue line. I saw an opportunity to jump there. I like to shoot 5-holes.” .
“That goal drives the whole team, the crowd.”

Talbot claimed responsibility for the initial loss.

“The first two shots of the game, it’s not a recipe for success. I gave him the power play, thought I might catch some of his guys changing.”

The Stars’ season-high seven goals came from seven different players as Dallas improved 11-1-0 in the last 12 home games.

Miro Hiskanen had a goal and an assist for Dallas, and Tyler Seguin, Roop Hintz, Jacob Peterson and Jamie Bain also scored. Jason Robertson and Denis Gurianov made two assists each and Jake Oettinger intercepted 19 shots.

“We’ve been talking about it all year, get D scoring,” Stars coach Rick Bones, “and Miro scored, Essa scored.”

Kevin Fiala scored two goals for Minnesota and Ryan Hartmann and Kirill Kaprizov also scored. Talbot had 22 saves.

Fiala’s second goal came on a 6-on-4 power play with 4:54 remaining in the third period after Talbot was pulled for sixth skater with 9:20 to play.

Fiala and Hartmann scored in the first period and Kaprizov scored in the second.

“We fought back,” said Wild coach Dean Evans. “We caught some bad plays in the beginning. We struggled with our butt to make a comeback.”

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In the only other game between the Stars and the Wilds this season, the leaders of the Central Division won 7–2.

“You have to respect the opposition,” Bones said. “They’re a good team; that’s why they rank first in our division. We wanted to pay them back for our game in Minnesota. We just wanted to come out hard and we did.”

Coming out of a four-point game (two goals, two assists) on Saturday, Pawelski has scored eight goals and nine assists in the last 12 games.

When Hartmann scored 5:25 of the action-packed first period, three out of five shots were goals by both teams.

Fiala held it 2-2 with a wrist shot, with 4:18 left in the period. Guryanov passed the puck back to Seguin for a wrist shot 61 seconds later and put Dallas forward for good.

Hintz scored on a wrist shot from the left faceoff dot at 8:02 of the second on the power play.

Kaprizov pulled Minnesota back within a goal with a wrist shot with a 2:23 in mid-period.

“We wanted to come out hard in the third period, a one-goal game, and we did it,” Bones said.

Pietersen and Heskenen scored with a gap of a minute in the third, before Ben hit the empty net to play with 1:32.

“We would have had a chance,” said Evans. “The disappointing thing was that we didn’t have confidence in ourselves. Maybe we were too tired to pretend.”

Bones was asked if he would have picked up the goalkeeper so soon.
“Why not?” “I got it done in six minutes as quickly as possible,” he said.

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