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Stars 2, Wild 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

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Stars 2, Wild 1
Dallas Stars 2, Minnesota Wild 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Since signing Marty Turco to a four-year, $22.8 million contract extension last week, the Dallas Stars have gotten great goaltending.

From Johan Hedberg.

Philippe Boucher's power-play goal midway through the second period gave Hedberg and the Stars another come-from-behind victory, 2-1 over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.

Jere Lehtinen also scored, 65 seconds into the middle frame, against Manny Fernandez to end the Minnesota goalie's winning streak at six straight starts.

Hedberg's only gaffe came 6:43 into the game, when a long breakout pass from Brian Rolston bounced off the end boards. Hedberg whiffed on his clearing attempt, and Randy Robitaille was there to shove the puck in the net for a 1-0 lead.

"Marty's been great for us all year, and whenever he needs a rest I'm going to be there for him," said Hedberg, who stopped 25 shots.

This wasn't nearly as difficult a feat for Dallas as the 4-3 and 6-3 victories over Anaheim and Detroit on Friday and Sunday nights, both of which began with 3-0 deficits.

"One-goal comebacks aren't quite as dramatic," coach Dave Tippett said.

But it was another solid performance by Hedberg, who improved to 8-1-0 in his first season with the Stars. Turco, whose record is 20-11-2, struggled and was pulled from the last two games - allowing Hedberg to earn the wins with shutout relief.

"He's on a roll," captain Mike Modano said. "It's nice to have a guy who can come in and pick things up if it's shaky for Marty."

Fernandez, who missed a chance to establish his career-best winning streak, made 24 saves and fell to 15-6-3. The Wild, who are in ninth place in the Western Conference, lost for only the fifth time in their last 14 games - after losing 10 out of 13.

"We made some little mistakes that we shouldn't have made," coach Jacques Lemaire said.

Lehtinen's goal came on a soft backhander that went right between Fernandez's pads. The NHL leader in both save percentage and goals-against average, Fernandez - with a stunned look on his face - slowly shook his head after the tying score.

He made up for it later in the period with a nifty, sweeping glove save on a short-handed shot by Mike Modano from the corner. But the Stars converted the next power play against the league's best penalty-killing team, when a shot by Boucher ricocheted off the end board and hit Fernandez in the back. The puck went in as he tried to turn around and cover it.

"I think our boards are finally the worst in the league," Fernandez said. "They're getting there, at least. It's just amazing. At least six shots like that. They seriously have to take a look at them. It's getting ridiculous."

Lemaire, for his part, was able to joke about the fluke goal - the type of fortunate bounce that has been going Minnesota's way over the past few weeks.

"He needs two eyes in the back," Lemaire said. "Besides that, he'll be OK."

The coach wasn't as happy about some undisciplined penalties taken by his team, including a too many men on the ice call toward the end of the first period that Lemaire felt handed the Stars the momentum. Then Kurtis Foster's hooking penalty, his second of the game, set up the power play that Boucher scored on.

The Wild, who went 0-for-6 with the man advantage, had their final power-play chance with less than 7 minutes left following struggling veteran Bill Guerin's third penalty of the game - this one for cross-checking. But they couldn't convert.

"We had our chances," Foster said. "We just couldn't get it in the net."

Notes: Guerin has one assist, and no goals, in his last seven games. ... Wild defenseman Daniel Tjarnqvist faced his brother, Dallas left wing Mathias, for the first time in their NHL careers. ... Zubov, who became the franchise's leader in points by a defenseman on Sunday, has a tally in seven straight games - his longest streak since an eight-game point streak in October-November 2002. ... Wild right wing Pierre-Marc Bouchard missed his second straight game because of a strained neck. ... Fernandez won six straight twice before, in the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.

scoring summary
1st Period
Randy Robitaille (10) ASST: Brian Rolston (25), Nick Schultz (3)
1 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
Jere Lehtinen (23) ASST: Sergei Zubov (27), Jussi Jokinen (15)
1 - 1 Tie
PPG - Philippe Boucher (9) ASST: Sergei Zubov (28), Mike Modano (28)
2 - 1 DAL
3rd Period
penalty summary
1st Period
Kurtis Foster  Hooking against  Bill Guerin
Martin Skoula  Tripping against  Kyle Wanvig
Steve Ott  Holding against  Pascal Dupuis
Marian Gaborik  Holding against  Niko Kapanen
Kyle Wanvig  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
Alex Henry  Hooking against  Niko Kapanen
Wes Walz  Throwing stick
Bill Guerin  Interference against  Nick Schultz
Bill Guerin  Unsportsmanlike conduct
Kurtis Foster  Hooking against  Niklas Hagman
Philippe Boucher  Hooking against  Randy Robitaille
3rd Period
Alexandre Daigle  Hooking against  Mike Modano
Bill Guerin  Cross checking against  Mikko Koivu
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
Johan Hedberg
SA: 26TOI: 59:36
Saves: 25EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .962SH: 2 - 2
Emmanuel Fernandez
Manny Fernandez
SA: 26TOI: 59:19
Saves: 24EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
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