Chad Rau received his second call-up of the season Friday.
He responded by scoring his first career goal for the game-winner in a 5-2 Wild victory at the Xcel Energy Center.
Rau won a battle for the puck behind the Stars net. After coming out with it, he went to the top of the circle and knocked his own rebound off Stars forward Brenden Morrow’s stick and into the goal.
“It was awesome,” Rau said. “I blacked out a little there in the celebration. I didn’t even see it go in.”
The Wild (23-18-7) broke the game open in the second period with its first four-goal period since Jan. 9, 2010, including a team-record three goals in 59 seconds. That smashed the previous team-record of three goals in 1:41, which came in the 2003-04 season against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Devin Setoguchi just his second scored goal since returning from a knee injury earlier this month, despite having several great chances. He scored his 10th goal of the season by one-timing a pass from Dany Heatley off the shoulder of Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen. Nate Prosser also assisted on the power play goal that got the Wild on the board at the 9:06 mark of the second period.
After the Stars reclaimed a one-goal lead on a four-on-four goal just past the midway point of the period, Cal Clutterbuck notched his 12th goal of the season with a backhand past a sprawling Lehtonen. Matt Cullen knocked the puck ahead with three Stars defenders around him to Clutterbuck. Setoguchi also assisted on the goal.
Rau scored 14 seconds later and Kyle Brodziak capped the scoring barrage just 45 seconds after that with a one-timer off a tic-tac-toe passing play from Jared Spurgeon to Heatley to Brodziak on the backdoor.
Heatley scored his team-leading 14th goal of the season on a backdoor, tap-in off a pass from Warren Peters early in the third period.
In all, the Wild had 12 different earn a point.
Darroll Powe turned the game with a bout against the gutless Steve Ott shortly after the Stars took a 2-1 lead in the second period. Ott went after Powe most of the night and may have taken him down, but he certainly energized the Wild’s bench.
“The boys really responded,” Powe said. “That’s the type of player he is (referencing his physical play). He likes to stir it up and get his nose in there.”
No. 3 – Cal Clutterbuck. The Wild forward scored a goal and had several big hits.
No. 2 – Dany Heatley. The Wild forward scored a goal and had two assists.
No. 1 – Chad Rau. The Wild forward scored his first career NHL goal in his debut.
Dallas 1 1 0 – 2
Minnesota 0 4 1 – 5
First Period – 1, Dallas, Nystrom 14 (Robidas, Fiddler), 18:38. Penalties – Falk, Min (tripping), 3:14.
Second Period – 2, Minnesota, Setoguchi 10 (Heatley, Prosser), 9:06 (pp). 3, Dallas, Larsen 1 (Goligoski, Eriksson), 11:03. 4, Minnesota, Clutterbuck 12 (Cullen, Setoguchi), 13:37. 5, Minnesota, Rau 1 (McMillan, Ortmeyer), 13:51. 6, Minnesota, Brodziak 13 (Heatley, Spurgeon), 14:36. Penalties – Dvorak, Dal (holding), 8:08; Powe, Min (roughing), 9:07.; Ott, Dal (roughing), 9:07; Powe, Min, major (fighting), 11:19; Ott, Dal, major (fighting), 11:19.
Third Period – 7, Minnesota, Heatley 14 (Peters, Zanon), 1:29. Penalties – Bench, Dal (too many men; served by Ryder), 6:20; Ott, Dal (roughing), .
Shots on goal – Dallas 11-7-7 25. Minnesota 5-14-7 26.
Goalies – Dallas, Lehtonen (15-19), Bachman (6-7). Minnesota, Harding (23-25). A – 19,213. Referees – Paul Devorski, Francis Charron. Linesmen – Ryan Galloway, Andy McElman.