The Minnesota Wild lost its 16th straight game against the Dallas Stars.

The Wild had a chance to end the streak its previous visit to the American Airlines Center, but Friday the Stars led nearly the whole before winning 4-1.

In typical fashion, the Wild had to work really hard to get scoring chances and did not capitalize, while its opponent gets a quick, effortless goal.

Tom Wandell scored the first of his two goals in the game after a rebound found its way back to his stick. He had half of the net to shoot at with Niklas Backstrom moving in the direction the puck was heading.

He later added an empty-net goal in the final minute to seal the victory.

The Stars (33-26-4) got the game-winning goal from Loui Eriksson after he received a pass in the slot and moved untouched to the backdoor before firing into the open net. Eriksson waited for Backstrom and Nate Prosser to go down to create the wide open net.

Former Wild forward Eric Nystrom scored his 16th goal of the season with a quick shot that got through Backstrom’s legs. It was probably a shot Backstrom would like to have back.

Nystrom’s goal chased Backstrom and brought in Matt Hackett into the game for the Wild. Hackett finished with 10 saves on 10 shots.

The Wild (27-26-9) avoided the shutout when Devin Setoguchi blasted a one-timer off a pass from Dany Heatley past Kari Lehtonen with six seconds remaining on a five-on-three power play advantage. Jared Spurgeon also assisted on the goal.

Three Stars

No. 3 – Tom Wandell. The Stars forward scored two goals.

No. 2 – Loui Eriksson. The Stars forward scored the game-winning goal.

No. 1 – Kari Lehtonen. The Stars goaltender stopped 28 shots.


Minnesota     0 0 1 – 1

Dallas           2 1 1 – 4

First Period – 1, Dallas, Wandell 5 (Burish, Daley), 8:48. 2, Dallas, Eriksson 20 (Ryder, Ribeiro), 17:40. Penalties – Goligoski, Dal (interference), 15:17.

Second Period – 3, Dallas, Nystrom 16 (Dvorak, Fiddler), 3:53. Penalties – Daley, Dal (hooking), 8:11; Schultz, Min (interference), 11:38; Heatley, Min (high sticking), 15:02; Ribeiro, Dal (interference), 16:21.

Third Period – 4, Minnesota, Setoguchi 15 (Heatley, Spurgeon), 12:43 (pp). 5, Dallas, Wandell 6 (Ott, Robidas), 19:07 (en). Penalties – Ott, Dal (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:49; Bench, Dal (abuse of officials; served by
Ryder), 12:08; Souray, Dal (cross checking), 13:53.

Shots on goal – Minnesota 8-10-11 29. Dallas 12-7-6 25.

Goalies – Minnesota, Backstrom (11-14), Hackett (10-10). Dallas, Lehtonen (28-29). A – N/A. Referees – Dennis LaRue, Brian Pochmara. Linesmen – Darren Gibbs, Don Henderson.