Prosser scores in overtime as Wild beat Stars 3-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 19, 2014 at 12:09 am •  Published: January 19, 2014
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild are finding a way to win without injured stars Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu.

Nate Prosser scored his third career goal at 2:42 of overtime, lifting the Wild over the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Saturday night.

"When you're playing the right way, it is going to be a different guy every night," Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said. "You can't have the same person going out and doing it all the time. But if every guy is doing the right thing then their turn will come."

Prosser netted the winning score for the second time in as many games. The 27-year-old defenseman sent Nino Niederreiter's rebound past Kari Lehtonen's glove for Minnesota's third victory in its last four games.

Asked if it was the biggest goal of his career, Prosser responded: "Yeah, there's not many of them, so it's pretty easy to say."

Koivu is out after he had surgery to repair a broken ankle. Parise has been sidelined by a foot injury. But the Wild (27-19-5) have won seven of nine since a six-game losing streak in December.

Erik Haula and Ryan Suter also scored for the Wild, and Darcy Kuemper stopped 33 shots in his fourth straight start. Kuemper is 4-1 in five starts since Jan. 7 in place of hurting Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding, who is out due to complications with his multiple sclerosis.

Ryan Garbutt and Alex Chiasson scored for the slumping Stars, who have only one win in their last nine games. Lehtonen made 16 saves.

"It's disappointing," Chiasson said. "This was probably one of our best games defensively, as far as scoring chances given to the other team. It's just a little play there, and that's tough. We battled through and it would've been nice to get a win here."

Haula's first career goal put Minnesota up 1-0 at 7:11 in the first. After knocking the puck away from Erik Cole along the boards, the former University of Minnesota standout skated ahead and beat Lehtonen on the stick side.

"It took me a while to kind of get over it and chills to go away, but it was unbelievable," Haula said.



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