Grossman nets winner in OT as Stars top Wild

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DALLAS (Ticker) -- Defenseman Nicklas Grossman picked the right

time to find the net for the Dallas Stars.

Grossman scored a rare goal with 2:37 left in overtime and the

Stars stretched their home winning streak over the Minnesota

Wild to 10 games with a 3-2 victory Saturday night.

Grossman took a pass from Loui Eriksson and fired a shot from

beyond the right circle past a screened Niklas Backstrom. It

was Grossman's second goal in 138 career games.

"It's a great feeling," Grossman said. "I don't score often so

this was huge. There was good traffic in front and I was lucky

enough to get it through. It honestly feels a little unreal."

Steve Ott had his first career two-goal game, and Marty Turco

stopped 28 shots for Dallas.

Linemates Mike Ribeiro and Eriksson assisted on both of Ott's

goals to help the Stars win their second straight at home after

they matched a franchise record for futility with six

consecutive home defeats.

The Ott-Ribeiro-Eriksson line has been on a recent tear,

combining for 24 points in the last six games, seven points

against Minnesota.

"We knew it was going to be a very tight game and we talked

about finding ways to win," Stars coach Dave Tippett said.

"That line certainly took it to heart."

Mikko Koivu and Andrew Brunette scored, and Backstrom made 26

saves for the Wild, who are 2-4-4 in their last 10.

Dallas and Minnesota are among seven teams battling for the

final two Western Conference playoff spots.

"Right now this is the playoffs," Ott said. "Every single night

is a fight for that playoff spot."

The Stars have 74 points, two more than the Wild, who earned a

point with the overtime loss after erasing a two-goal deficit

with a second-period rally.

"To get a point after they got a 2-0 lead is huge, especially at

this time of year," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said.

Minnesota has lost three in a row, but all three have been in

overtime or a shootout, meaning the Wild is still picking up


Each team had prime scoring chances in the third period. Dallas'

James Neal hit the post with a rebound 1:11 into the third

period, and Turco stopped Minnesota's Peter Olevcky from

point-blank range with 14:20 left in regulation.

Backstrom made a sharp glove save on Ott's drive from the right

circle with 3:49 to play in regulation.

Backstrom denied Dallas' Mike Modano from the right circle with

under four minutes left in overtime, and smothered Brendan

Morrison's deflection with 2:52 remaining in the extra session.

Dallas is 15-3-1 in its last 19 meetings with Minnesota.

The Stars got an early jump when Ott scored off Eriksson's pass

through the crease 2 minutes into the opening period.

Ott converted Ribeiro's cross-ice pass 38 seconds into the

second period for a 2-0 lead.

"I give Otter a ton of credit," Tippett said. "He's taken his

game to another level. He has an impact on every game we play."

Koivu connected from the slot 18 seconds into a power play at

12:09 of the second period to pull Minnesota to 2-1, and 1:51

later Brunette's deflection tied it.

"It's a big point," Minnesota's Pierre-Marc Bouchard said. "We

stuck together and we showed some character. We started

creating and taking shots and got some energy."



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