Tyler Seguin had one goal and two assists and Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov both collected one goal and two points as the Dallas Stars blasted the Minnesota Wild 6-1 Saturday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
The clubs went into the night’s action holding the Western Conference’s two wild-card spots, and early indications were it would be a close, tight-checking affair, but the Stars blew the game wide open with a four-goal outburst in the second period to the delight of the home crowd.
Mattias Janmark opened the scoring with a power-play goal, deflecting John Klingberg’s point shot past Wild goalie Alex Stalock while he and Brett Ritchie were setting screens. Then Stephen Johns doubled the lead just 39 seconds later by stealing the puck from Nino Niederreiter on his own side of the red line and, after racing down the ice, ripping home a short-side slapper.
Benn added another man-advantage tally a couple of minutes later with a johnny-on-the spot tap-in on a loose puck during a scramble, and Seguin completed a pretty three-way passing play after Radulov led an odd-man rush and included Benn to make it a 4-0 affair. The four goals came within a six-minute span.
Radulov and Dan Hamhuis rounded out the scoring for the Stars, who are on an 8-3-1 run and keeping the third spot in the Central Division within reach. Goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 29 shots in the Dallas net.
Jason Zucker scored for the Wild, who lost in regulation time for just the second time in 10 outings.
Stalock was pulled after two periods, the victim of four goals on 29 shots, and replaced by Devan Dubnyk, who stopped seven of nine pucks fired his way.
—Field Level Media