The Minnesota Wild outplayed the Dallas Stars Saturday at the American Airlines Center, but lost in a shootout 2-1.

The Wild held a 34-26 shot advantage, including a significant advantage in the third period, but more importantly tilted the ice toward the Stars net and had more scoring chances.

Kyle Brodziak finally solved Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen early in the third period to tie the game. He waited for Lehtonen to go down and fired a sharp angle shot just under the cross bar at the 5:18 mark.

Nick Johnson intercepted a cross ice at the top of the circles from a Stars defender and tapped it to Brodziak for the breakaway.

The Wild’s top line of Brodziak, Johnson and Dany Heatley was the best line on the ice all game. The trio started right from the opening faceoff, but Lehtonen stopped everything thrown his way including, a Brodziak backhand shot with no defenders close and Heatley’s big slap shot on more than one occasion.

The Stars (27-22-2) got on the board first with a power play goal late in the second period. Mike Ribeiro corralled the carom off the end boards of a shot by Alex Goligoski. Before the puck got to Ribeiro, it hopped over the stick of Nick Schultz and flattened out just in time.

Niklas Backstrom got a little tangled up with Stars forward Loui Eriksson at the top of crease and could not recover before Ribeiro fired it over and past his pad.

The Wild (25-19-8) got a shootout goal by Matt Cullen, but was unable to score a second goal. The Stars only took two shots and scored on goal.

The Wild are 0-10-5 since the last time the Wild beat the Stars in Dallas. That last win was on March 21, 2003, which included a game-winning goal by Wes Walz.

Three Stars

No. 3 – Mike Ribeiro. The Stars forward scored a goal.

No. 2 – Kyle Brodziak. The Wild forward scored the game-tying goal, had several other scoring chances and killed a power play in the final minute of overtime.

No. 1 – Kari Lehtonen. The Stars goaltender stole the game for the Stars with 33 saves, including several very good stops.


Minnesota     0 0 1 0 – 1

Dallas            0 1 0 0 – 2
       First Period – None. Penalties – Ott, Dal (interference), 3:57.

       Second Period – 1, Dallas, Ribeiro 11 (Goligoski, Robidas), 15:12 (pp). Penalties – Bench, Dal (too many men), 4:48; Fiddler, Dal (cross checking), 9:29; Cullen, Min (slashing), 13:53.

       Third Period – 2, Minnesota, Brodziak 15 (Johnson), 5:18. Penalties – Souray, Dal (hooking), 18:53.

       Shots on goal – Minnesota 13-10-10-1 34. Dallas 10-10-4-2 26.

       Overtime – None. Penalties – Clutterbuck, Min (tripping), 4:04.

       Shootout – Minnesota Christensen (saved), Cullen (goal), Spurgeon (saved). Dallas Eriksson (goal), Benn (goal).

       Goalies – Minnesota, Backstrom (25-26). Dallas, Lehtonen (33-34). A – 18,532. Referees – Frederick L’Ecuyer, Dan O’Halloran. Linesmen – Tony Sericolo, Mark Shewchyk.