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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Frederic Goudreau scores in the OT, Wilde beat the Stars 3-2

DALLAS ( Associated Press) — Frederic Goudreau scored 1:40 in overtime after assisting Kevin Fiala with two regulation goals in the Minnesota Wild’s 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.

Goudreau took a long pass from goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury, skated in the Dallas area around Jason Robertson and sent the puck to goalkeeper Scott Wedgewood.

“I saw him out of the corner of my eye,” said Fleury. “I knew this was my chance. French meaning.”

Fleury made 34 saves for Minnesota, only allowing Robertson’s two goals. Wedgwood stopped 24 shots.

Minnesota finished two points behind St. Louis for second place in the Central Division. The Blues won Thursday night in Buffalo.

Dallas earned a point for an overtime loss, transferring the Stars to a tie with Nashville, which lost to Edmonton on Thursday night for a Western Conference wild-card lead. Stars and Hunters each have eight games left.

Wilde has a game to go in their game on Saturday in St. Louis, where they lost 4-3 in overtime last Friday night.

“We played a really good game there,” Wilde coach Dean Evans said. “We have good confidence. The score just didn’t go our way. It was a really good game, and we had a really good game tonight.”

Goudreau said: “They’re big games, like a playoff game. Everyone’s going for two points. It’s great to get two points on the road.”

“(Fleury) looked like he was coming to me. If we had captured after that, I would have run out of ice to change the line.”

Fiala scored his 27th and 28th goals, including his first short-hand goal. Robertson increased his team-leading total to 36.

Fiala assisted on Goudreau’s goal to redirect the puck after Fleury came out of the net.

“I took my leg out and kicked it,” said Fiala. “that was lucky.

“It was a great play by Fleury. He sees the snow well.”

“He’s like the third defenseman. He can still make passes and it’s good to handle his puck,” said Evans.

Minnesota is 4-1-1 in the last six games, and is 5-1 in goals with Fleury since being secured in a trade on March 21 from Chicago.

“He made some great saves,” said Dallas coach Rick Bones. “He is a Stanley Cup champion, a Vagina Trophy winner, a Hall of Famer. His defense helped him. He stopped two shots when he sank into shots going into a wide-open net.”

Fiala ended Wedgwood’s hopes of his second shutout in three nights with a backhand from the front of the net just 2:14 into the game. Goudreau sets up Fiala with a pass from the right corner.

Dallas equalized the second at 6:02 on the first power play of the game. Robertson took a pass from Roop Hintz in the front of the net and shot Fleury into the pads. Robertson collected the rebound, placed the puck on his backhand and slid it into the mostly empty net.

In the middle of the Stars’ second power play, Goudreau knocked down a loose puck that went ahead of Dallas’ Alexander Radiulov and John Klingberg at Fiala. Fiala struck Wedgwood with a wrist shot under the crossbar from short range for his first career short-hand goal.

Robertson tied it in the third period at 55 seconds, when his shot from the top of the slot went off Fleury’s stick.

Worth noting: Fiala has been on the ice longer as a penalty killer this season than in his first seven years combined (56 1/2 minutes to 43 1/2). He has an overall best season with 28 goals, 39 assists and a career-high 67 points. … Dallas c Joe Pawelski assisted on Robertson’s first goal. It was Pawelski’s 47th match, the most tie-breakers in his 16-year career. … there was no power play in Minnesota for the first time since January 14. The Stars’ last game without a penalty was January 24.

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Wild: On Saturdays in St. Louis.

Stars: Host San Jose on Saturday night.

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