Dallas (Sports Network) – Stephane Robidas scored with 1:23 left in overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center.
Skating on the power play after a tripping call to Brent Burns, Mike Ribeiro sent a pass from the right circle to the high slot for Robidas, who didn’t get everything on the one-timer but got enough to get it past Jose Theodore for the win.
Steve Ott had a goal and an assist while Karlis Skrastins and Adam Burish also scored in regulation for the Stars, who have won six straight. Kari Lehtonen stopped 28 shots in the win.
“It’s the little things that make a huge difference in hockey games and I think that’s what we’ve been able to do lately,” said Robidas.
Martin Havlat tied the game late in the third while Antti Miettinen and Chuck Kobasew also scored for the Wild, who have dropped their last five games. Theodore finished the game with 29 saves.
Dallas got on the board just 3:42 into the game on Skrastins’ first goal of the season while Lehtonen stopped seven shots in the frame to keep Minnesota off the board.
Ott lit the lamp on the power play at the 11:45 mark of the second, while Miettinen chipped the puck into the net during a scrum in front with 2:26 left in the second to make it a 2-1 game.
Just 1:41 into the third, Minnesota tied the game as Cal Clutterbuck threw it on net from a sharp angle at the right side and Kobasew tipped it in.
Burish gave Dallas the lead back four minutes later when he backhanded the puck past Theodore with his back turned to the goaltender, but Havlat tied the game with 3:09 left in regulation off a rebound of a Marek Zidlicky shot.
Dallas hits the road for two games starting in Columbus on Monday…Minnesota has off until Thursday when it will play in Phoenix…Dallas has won four straight and nine of the last 11. Also, Dallas has won 13 straight at home against Minnesota as the team has not lost to the Wild in front of the home crowd since March 21, 2003…Minnesota went 0-for-3 on the power play while Dallas was 2-for-6.