Dallas stays hot at home, beats Wild 4-0
DALLAS — Vernon Fiddler and Erik Cole scored 2:27 apart in the first period and Kari Lehtonen notched his 24th career shutout to spark Dallas to its 18th win in the last 19 home games versus Minnesota with a 4-0 win Tuesday night.
Ray Whitney scored on a power play and defenseman Jordie Benn converted a penalty shot for the Stars, who avenged a 3-2 overtime loss to the Wild on Saturday and won for only the second time in 11 games (2-8-1). Lehtonen faced only nine shots through two periods and finished with 18 saves for his second shutout of the season.
Rookie Darcy Kuemper, making his fifth consecutive start, turned aside 31 shots as Minnesota lost for only the third time in 10 games (7-3-0).
Dallas, which had scored only five goals in dropping its previous three games (0-2-1), got off to a positive start when defenseman Alex Goligoski’s shot from the point deflected off Fiddler and past Kuemper at 13:18 of the first period. Cole doubled the lead with his third goal in five games, snapping a high shot from the left circle to the far corner with the Stars on the power play.
Whitney extended the lead with the man advantage with 6:42 left in the middle session, accepting a feed from defenseman Sergei Gonchar at the left of the net before deking Kuemper and sliding a puck under his outstretched stick. Benn was awarded the penalty shot when he came out of the penalty box and went around Kuemper.