Stars 4, Wild 3


DALLAS – Trevor Daley scored with 33.7 seconds left in overtime and the Dallas Stars, after blowing a two-goal lead in the third period, beat the Minnesota Wild.

Daley’s goal, the only shot in overtime for the Stars, came from the left circle and bounced off the glove of goalie Manny Fernandez in what was the final moment of Minnesota’s season.

Dallas had led 3-1 behind an impressive start from backup Johan Hedberg, who stopped 19 consecutive shots before Minnesota’s Mattias Weinhandl and Marian Gaborik scored in an 11-second span with under 13 minutes left.

Hedberg, giving Marty Turco a rest before the Stars begin the Western Conference playoffs next weekend as the No. 2 seed, finished with 33 saves.

Stephane Robidas, Brenden Morrow and Antti Miettinen also scored for Dallas. Mikko Koivu scored on a power play for the Wild, whose season ended with their second straight loss.

The game was largely meaningless. The Wild have been out of playoff contention since last week and the Stars, with two games left, can’t catch Detroit for the top spot in the Western Conference or fall to the third seed.

Dallas finishes the regular season on the road against the Red Wings on Monday and Columbus on Tuesday. The Stars return home next weekend for their first playoff game but are still unsure of their opponent.

San Jose, Anaheim, Colorado and Edmonton could all still finish as the No. 7 seed in the West.

Coming off a rare three-day break – their longest since Olympics in February – the Stars didn’t give much rest to their top skaters despite having nothing at stake. Mike Modano and Sergei Zubov each had two assists, including both setting up Daley on the game-winner.

Hedberg, making his 13th start, stopped several breakaways before he was caught out of position when Weinhandl came racing at him at 7:48 left. Eleven seconds after that goal, Gaborik scored on a two-on-one with Weinhandl.

Minnesota outshot Dallas 16-4 in the third period.

The Stars began their scoring in the first period when Robidas’ shot toward the right post bounced out of Fernandez’s glove and into the net. Dallas built a two-goal lead in the second period on a one-timer by Morrow and a wristshot by Miettinen 90 seconds later.

The Wild end their fifth season in last place of the Northwest Division but with the team’s most wins (38) since its only playoff appearance in 2003. The Wild had 42 wins before the playoffs that season.

The offseason figures to be a busy one for Minnesota, which has just eight players under contract for next year.

Notes: With his assist on Miettinen’s goal in the second period, Zubov extended his points streak to nine games in which he’s appeared. … The Wild were 14-28 this season in one-goal games. … Daley became the 16th player to score a game-winning goal for Dallas this season.

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