Dallas Disappointment: Wild falls 4-3 to Stars in OT
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In what must feel a little like that extra point that youth hockey teams get for fair play, the Minnesota Wild got one point added to their yearly total on Saturday night in Texas.
What the team did not get was a much-needed victory, as Stephane Robidas scored a power play goal in overtime, lifting the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 win. It was the sixth consecutive win for the team that used to play its home games on the site of the Bloomington IKEA store.
It was a particularly disheartening loss for the Wild, which had battled back to force overtime despite trailing 2-0 in the second period and 3-2 late in the third.
A stirring comeback was frankly unexpected, after the Wild had suffered an equally disheartening shootout loss to Calgary on Friday night in St. Paul. Immediately following that game, the team headed for MSP where the charter flight was delayed until past Midnight due to the snowstorm and the necessary de-icing. Some team personnel Tweeted that they did not open hotel doors in Dallas until after 3 a.m., prompting coach Todd Richards to cancel the team's morning skate.
So when Dallas built a two-goal lead just past the midway point of the second period, it looked like another disappointing road outing for the slumping Wild. But Antti Miettinen and Chuck Kobasew scored to tie the game. After the Stars' Adam Burish gave his team a 3-2 lead, muscling a backhand shot past Wild goalie Jose Theodore, Martin Havlat continued his recent vital play, scoring with just over three minutes remaining in regulation to tie the game once again.
But the extra session was not kind, as Brent Burns took a tripping penalty, and Robidas slapped a shot though a crowd and behind Theodore, as the Wild lost for the seventh time in eight games. Theodore had 29 saves, doing his part in what is looking more and more like a regular goalie rotation.
The Wild comes home for a few days of practice next, before heading off on a three-game southwestern road trip later in the week, starting with a game in Phoenix on Thursday.