ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Antti Niemi stopped 30 shots in relief and the Dallas Stars scored four straight goals to beat the Minnesota Wild 6-3 on Monday night.

Vernon Fiddler scored twice for Dallas, which has won five of seven and is 8-2-2 in its last 12 games. Jordie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Antoine Roussel and Cody Eakin also had goals.

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Jared Spurgeon, Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter scored for Minnesota, which lost its second in a row after getting points in nine straight.

Trailing 2-0, and with Niemi having replaced Kari Lehtonen in the first period, Dallas scored three times in 4 1/2 minutes late in the second to take the lead.

Less than a minute after a Jumbotron comparison of Yukon Cornelius from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to the thick, bushy-bearded Benn elicited laughs from the sellout crowd, the Dallas defenseman silenced those in attendance — and snapped a 33-game goal drought — when his wrist shot from the blue line beat Devan Dubnyk on the stick side with 5 minutes to play in the period.

Fiddler added a power-play goal off a double deflection to tie the game 2-all with 90 seconds left in the period, and Seguin converted Spurgeon’s defensive-zone turnover into a goal a minute later, taking a pass from Patrick Sharp and beating Dubnyk between the pads.

Roussel added an insurance goal early in the third, swatting in a rebound of a shot by Johnny Oduya to make it 4-2.

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It was needed because Niederreiter poked home a rebound of his own shot midway through the final period for his first goal in 16 games to get Minnesota within one.

Eakin added an empty-net goal with 1:53 to play and Fiddler added another in the final 15 seconds as Dallas improved to 12-3-2 on the road.

Spurgeon, who signed a four-year, $20.75 million contract extension earlier in the day, gave the Wild a 1-0 lead nearly 5 minutes into the game when his wrist shot from the right circle snuck in between Lehtonen’s left shoulder and the top corner of the net.

Barely 3 minutes later, Coyle’s shot from the left circle beat Lehtonen on the glove side to make it 2-0.

Lehtonen, who entered with a 7-0-0 record and 2.00 goals-against average in road starts, was replaced by Niemi after stopping just two of four shots.

NOTES: Dallas won the two previous meetings in overtime this season. . Wild C Mikko Koivu was named the NHL’s No. 3 star for the week that ended Sunday. Minnesota’s captain had three goals and five assists in three games. … Despite playing at home, Minnesota wore its white road sweaters and Dallas wore its home green.

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