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Stars cruise past Wild for 4-0 victory

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2014 at 11:54 pm •  Published: January 21, 2014
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DALLAS (AP) — Everything went right for the Dallas Stars against the listless Minnesota Wild.

Erik Cole and Ray Whitney scored power-play goals, and the Stars stopped a three-game losing streak with a 4-0 victory over the Wild on Tuesday night.

Kari Lehtonen made 18 saves as Dallas (22-20-8) won for the second time in its last 11 games. It was his second shutout of the season and No. 24 for his career.

Jordie Benn scored on a penalty shot, beating Darcy Kuemper at 11:22 of the third period.

"I thought we played a great team game tonight," said Dallas captain Jamie Benn, Jordie Benn's younger brother.

Dallas was coming off a 4-1 loss at Nashville on Monday night, while the Wild played for the first time since a 3-2 overtime victory over the Stars on Saturday.

Minnesota (27-20-5) dropped to 7-3 in 2014.

Most of the first period was played in the Minnesota end. Dallas finished with 12 shots on goal to only three for the Wild. The Stars also had all three power plays in the first.

"This game goes in the garbage," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "We didn't execute. We didn't defend. We were passengers. We were spectators through the whole game."

"We won the opening faceoff and we spent 40 seconds in our own zone," Yeo said. "That's a bad sign right there that we weren't ready to execute. It just trickled on from there."

Dallas scored at 13:18 of the first when Vernon Fiddler sent a wobbly drive from the top of the left faceoff circle over Kuemper for his first goal in 28 games.

The Stars then added to their lead by scoring a power-play goal for the fifth consecutive game. Cole put the puck in the upper right corner from the left circle at 16:45, with Alex Goligoski earning his second assist of the game.

"It's a tough game when you're chasing," Wild center Kyle Brodziak said. "Being down 2-0 early on like we were, you feel like the rest of the game you're chasing the game. It's a tough league to be doing that. Good teams know how to shut you down. We couldn't get anything going."

The final goal was on a third-period penalty shot by Benn. Not Jamie Benn, the team's second-leading scorer, but Jordie. The defenseman entered the game with two career goals.

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