DALLAS (AP) — Ryan Suter scored the winning goal in the third period and had two assists as the Minnesota Wild beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Friday night.
Dallas goalie Ben Bishop had stopped a shot by Eric Staal, but the puck went into the left corner. Suter sent the puck back in front, and it ricocheted in off Stars defenseman Marc Methot with 7:06 left.
Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves for Minnesota in a game that was scoreless until 36 seconds into the third period, when the Stars’ Jason Spezza scored his first of the season. He tipped in Miro Heiskanen’s shot from the left point.
Matt Dumba put in a loose rebound past Bishop at 9:37 of the third to tie the score.
Bishop also finished with 33 saves, and Zach Parise scored into an empty net with 1 minute left.
In the closely played first period, Dallas didn’t have a shot on goal until Spezza put the puck on Dubnyk at 11:21. Bishop stopped the period’s best scoring chance when he denied Marcus Foligno on a short breakaway from the left faceoff circle at 13:38.
The second period was freewheeling, with the Stars outshooting the Wild 24-13 but unable to beat Dubnyk. His best stop was on Blake Comeau on a 2-on-1 late in the period.
Bishop stopped a short-handed attempt by Mikko Koivu on the first of two Stars power plays, and Dallas’ penalty killers succeeded on the only Wild power play.
NOTES: Dumba tied Jason Zucker for the Wild’s team lead with his third goal. Parise leads the team with eight points (two goals, six assists). … Minnesota recalled F Matt Read from Iowa of the AHL and immediately put him on the top line. Read replaced Matt Hendricks, who is expected to miss 2 to 3 weeks because of a left leg injury that occurred in the first period on Tuesday. … Stars RW Alexander Radulov had been expected to play despite what was described as a “minor issue” in the third period of their game on Tuesday. RW Valeri Nichushkin (lower-body injury) missed his second straight game.
Wild: Return home to host Tampa Bay on Saturday in the Wild’s second road-home back-to-back games in six days.
Stars: Host Los Angeles on Tuesday in the second game of a three-game homestand.
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