Koivu scores shootout victor, Wild beat Stars

Minnesota Wild's Jonas Brodin goes after the puck against Dallas Stars' Roman Polak of Czech Republic in the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday

Minnesota Wild's Jonas Brodin goes after the puck against Dallas Stars' Roman Polak of Czech Republic in the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday

After averaging 3.9 goals per game in their hot stretch, the Stars have managed just three goals in their three-game losing streak. The Stars entered Saturday tied for third in the Central Division, six points back of St. Louis for the division lead.

Dallas, as a collective unit, has been called for penalties 3.6 times per game overall this season, and 2.8 per game over its last five road outings. San Jose is the top team in the the Western Conference with 6.3 assists per game, led by Brent Burns averaging 0.9.

Dallas has converted on just 14.7 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that's ranked 25th in the National Hockey League. The Stars are 5 in the league in penalty killing as they successfully get through 85.1 percent of their shorthanded situations this season.

Koivu, playing his 15th season with the Wild, beat Ben Bishop with his trademark move, a backhand over the goalie's left shoulder. The Stars had won five straight and seven of nine against the Wild.

With the loss against St. Louis, the Stars are now 15-10-2 on the season which is good enough for Dallas to be in a 3rd place tie in the Central Division. Minnesota is 14 in power play success as they convert 19.1 percent of their chances with the man advantage this season. Through 26 regular season outings, 13 of its games have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Wild is 22 in the league in goals against by giving up 3.23 goals per game on the year. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 16th overall, and it's successfully killed off 81.6 percent of all opponent power plays. Minnesota owned a 10-9 edge in shots on goal but skated off down 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. "But I figured he was rested because he didn't play in overtime, and it was his day ... all the stars were shining in the right direction, so go out there and win it".

Eric Staal (eight goals, 11 assists) will pace the attack for the Wild. Minnesota wins 4-2 and on the over. Luke Kunin scored his fifth of the year at 4:34 to make it a 4-2 game. Both also scored in the first three rounds of the shootout, but Joe Pavelski and Tyler Seguin countered for Dallas. Jason Zucker closed the scoring with his ninth of the year at 11:38 with Brodin and Spurgeon drawing the assists. Fiala extended his points streak to four games and has six goals and six assists in his last 13 games.

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