DALLAS (AP) — Marco Scandella scored the winning goal 2:04 into overtime, after Thomas Vanek pulled Minnesota even late in regulation, and the Wild beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 after blowing a three-goal lead on Friday night.
Scandella poked a loose puck past Kari Lehtonen from close range to hand the Stars their eighth straight overtime loss at home.
Minnesota improved to 6-0 against Central Division teams, and Dallas remained winless at 0-6-2 in the division.
The Stars came up short in what would have been their biggest comeback since rallying from 3-0 to beat Chicago 4-3 in a shootout on Feb. 11, 2011, according to STATS.
Vanek’s tying goal came with 1:52 left in regulation from the right circle on assists from Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, his second assist of the game.
Alex Goligoski put Dallas ahead 4-3 by beating Darcy Kuemper over the top of his glove off a pass from Tyler Seguin with 6:31 remaining.
The Stars scored three goals in the last 4 minutes of the second period to wipe out a 3-0 deficit. Ales Hemsky started it with his first goal in his 22nd game in Dallas since signing a 3-year, $12 million contract in the summer.
About a minute and a half later, Seguin got his NHL-leading 18th goal on a shot that was stopped by Kuemper before the puck slid past the goalie. Erik Cole beat Kuemper from the top of the left circle with 11 seconds left in the period to make it 3-3.
The flurry of goals from the Stars came two nights after Kuemper was pulled after giving up four goals in the first period of a 4-0 loss to Los Angeles. He had 41 saves on a season-high 45 shots by Dallas.
Nino Niederreiter got his seventh goal in eight games and team-leading 11th of the season to start the scoring for Minnesota.
Jason Zucker poked in a rebound off Lehtonen’s pad on a shot by Nate Prosser for a 2-0 lead in the first. Mikael Grandlund made it 3-0 midway through the second when he beat Lehtonen on Jason Pominville’s feed.
NOTES: Stars F Ryan Garbutt started a two-game suspension for a knee-on-knee hit on Edmonton’s Taylor Hall in the Stars’ 3-2 victory Tuesday. He will also be out Saturday night at Colorado. … Hemsky’s goal was his 500th career NHL point in his 12th season. He has 147 goals and 353 assists. … Both teams played the first of back-to-back games.
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