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Dallas edge Wild in overtime

DALLAS--Jamie Benn scored the game-winner 1:23 into overtime as the Dallas Stars edged the Minnesota Wild 3-2 Monday at American Airlines Center. Benn beat Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper, who stopped 29 of 32 shots, with a wrist shot from the left...

Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin (20) and defenseman Dan Hamhuis (2) and Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) and center Mikael Granlund (64) fight for position during the second period at the American Airlines Center on Monday night. Photo byJerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin (20) and defenseman Dan Hamhuis (2) and Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) and center Mikael Granlund (64) fight for position during the second period at the American Airlines Center on Monday night. Photo byJerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

DALLAS-Jamie Benn scored the game-winner 1:23 into overtime as the Dallas Stars edged the Minnesota Wild 3-2 Monday at American Airlines Center.

Benn beat Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper, who stopped 29 of 32 shots, with a wrist shot from the left circle, snapping Dallas' overtime losing streak at nine.

Dallas, which finished its four game homestand at 2-1-1, last won an overtime game Feb. 15 at Nashville. The Stars (8-7-5) last won an overtime game at home on Nov. 14, 2015, against Minnesota.

Jamie Oleksiak and Brett Ritchie also scored for Dallas, now 1-5 in overtime this season. Antti Niemi stopped 27 of 29 shots for the Stars.

Nino Niederreiter and Erik Haula scored for the Wild (9-7-2).

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Dallas broke through 7:19 into the second period when Oleksiak scored off a rebound to make it 1-0. Oleksiak's second career goal capped a Stars flurry that started with Kuemper denying a backhand shot from Jason Spezza.

Oleksiak's only other goal also came in Dallas, on Oct. 28, 2014, 55 games ago. Five of Oleksiak's 13 career points have come against the Wild.

Patrick Eaves picked up an assist on the tally, putting Eaves' point streak at six games.

Minnesota answered late in the second when Niederreiter scored a power-play goal to make it a 1-1 contest after 40 minutes. Niederreiter scored his fifth goal of the season on an easy tap-in at the far post off a pass from Mikael Granlund.

The Wild were 55 seconds into a power play resulting from a cross-checking call on Jordie Benn.

Dallas regained its lead 1:01 into the third period when Ritchie scored his fifth goal of the season. Julius Honka, the Stars' top pick in the 2014 NHL Draft who was making his debut, rifled a pass toward the far post, where Ritchie was stationed for the easy tap-in.

However, the Stars' lead would last exactly three minutes as the Wild pulled things level at two apiece when Haula scored off the rebound. Jason Pominville hit both goalposts earlier in the sequence, but Haula was in the right place at the right time to net the equalizer.

NOTES: The Wild scratched C Christoph Bertschy and D Nate Prosser. Bertschy was recalled from AHL Iowa on Sunday afternoon, while Prosser missed morning skate due to illness yet skated in pregame warmups. . ... The Stars scratched D Stephen Johns, D John Klingberg and LW Curtis McKenzie. Klingberg was late to the meeting prior to the morning skate on Monday. ... Wild G Darcy Kuemper started his fourth game of the season, his first start since Nov. 13 against Ottawa. ... Stars D Esa Lindell was recalled from AHL Texas on Sunday afternoon after D Johnny Oduya sustained a lower-body injury on Saturday against Edmonton and was placed on injured reserve. ... Wild LW Zach Parise returned to the ice after missing the Saturday game due to illness. ... Both teams play Wednesday, with Minnesota hosting Winnipeg and Dallas in action at Nashville.

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Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) and goalie Darcy Kuemper (35) and defenseman Matt Dumba (24) face the Dallas Stars attack during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) and goalie Darcy Kuemper (35) and defenseman Matt Dumba (24) face the Dallas Stars attack during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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