Stars end win streak by Hakstol, Flyers; Wild win seventh in a row

The Dallas Stars ended the Philadelphia Flyers' 10-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory on Saturday afternoon. Adam Cracknell scored the game-winning goal early in the third period and Antti Niemi made 31 saves for Dallas. It was Philadelphia's...

The Dallas Stars ended the Philadelphia Flyers' 10-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory on Saturday afternoon.

Adam Cracknell scored the game-winning goal early in the third period and Antti Niemi made 31 saves for Dallas. It was Philadelphia's first loss since Nov. 25 against the New York Rangers.

The Stars' Radek Faksa tied the game 1-1 on a rebound at 4:48 of the second period. It was Faksa's fourth goal of the season and Antoine Roussel had the primary assist after he took the initial shot.

Faksa's goal came minutes after Jason Spezza and Brandon Manning fought near the Flyers' net. It was Spezza's first fight since March 3, 2009 and only the fifth of his career.

Jordie Benn scored into the empty to give Dallas a 3-1 lead.


Wild 4, Coyotes 1: Backup Darcy Keumper made 27 saves as Minnesota won its seventh straight game.

Ryan Suter, Tyler Graovac, Chris Stewart and Eric Staal scored for the Wild.

Brendan Perlini's second goal of the season with 1:54 to go spoiled Kuemper's bid for his eighth career shutout and first of the season.

Kuemper, making his first start since a Nov. 29 loss in Vancouver, earned his first win in more than a month to raise his record to 3-2-1. He was making a spot start in place of Devan Dubnyk, who leads the league in goals-against-average (1.62) and save percentage (.947).

Canadiens 2, Capitals 1: Jeff Petry scored the go-ahead goal and Carey Price stopped 20 shots to record his 250th career win as Montreal snapped Washington's six-game losing streak.

Price was slated to sit out Saturday's game, but was pulled Friday night after allowing four goals on 18 shots in less than 27 minutes in a 4-2 loss to San Jose and coach Michel Therrien opted to start him against the Capitals. Price was 5-9-4 with a 3.08 goals-against-average in 18 previous games versus Washington.

Nicklas Backstrom scored the Capitals' only goal during a 5-on-3 power play in the second period. Braden Holtby made 23 saves for Washington in a matchup of the NHL's past two Vezina Trophy winners.

Maple Leafs 2, Penguins 1 (OT): Jake Gardiner scored after two minutes of overtime and Toronto defeated Pittsburgh.


It was the second loss in two nights-both in overtime-for the Stanley Cup champion Penguins, who won seven in a row before that.

Evgeni Malkin scored for Pittsburgh.

Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was cut in the neck by a skate and left the game for more than nine minutes with Matthew Murray taking his place before returning in the first period. Fleury made 41 saves and Murray six.

Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen made 33 saves.

Rangers 2, Predators 1 (OT): Jimmy Vesey got one of New York's two goals in the shootout as it edged the Nashville.

Mats Zuccarello got the other shootout goal for the Rangers, while Henrik Lundqvist stopped both Predators' attempts.

Lundqvist made 31 saves for New York while backup goalie Juuse Saros, making his fourth start of the season, stopped 26 of 27 shots.

The Rangers swept their two-game road trip through Dallas and Nashville, while the Predators dropped to 2-4-2 in December.


New York initiated scoring at 7:47 of the first period as Rick Nash beat Saros from a bad angle. Nashville's Mike Fisher tied it at 9:22 of the second period with his ninth goal of the season and fourth in the last three games.

Blackhawks 6, Blues 4: Vinnie Hinostroza scored off a rebound with 4:25 left in the third period to lift Chicago over St. Louis.

Hinostroza got a backhand shot past goaltender Jake Allen to give the Blackhawks their first lead of the game and snap the Blues' point streak at home at 14 contests (11-0-3). Artemi Panarin added at empty-net goal with 49 seconds to play.

The win improved the Blackhawks' record to 5-0-1 in their last six games.

Patrik Berglund scored two goals for St. Louis and Joel Edmundson had three assists.

Red Wings 6, Ducks 4: Tomas Tatar scored three goals for his first career hat trick to lead Detroit to a come-from-behind victory over Anaheim.

The Red Wings snapped a four-game winless streak (0-3-1) after trailing 3-1 in the second period.

Xavier Ouellet had a goal and an assist and Dylan Larkin and Frans Nielsen also scored for Detroit, which scored its most goals in a game this season. Thomas Vanek had two assists and Petr Mrazek stopped 21 shots.


Rickard Rakell had two goals, defensemen Shea Theodore and Cam Fowler scored for the Ducks. Jonathan Bernier made 17 saves before being replaced by John Gibson after two periods. Gibson stopped nine shots.

Senators 3, Devils 1: Zack Smith set up the winner and added an insurance goal into an empty net as Ottawa defeated New Jersey.

Mike Condon made 29 saves to backstop the win.

Bobby Ryan and Derick Brassard had the other goals for the Senators, who padded the distance between themselves and the Devils in the Eastern Conference standings.

John Moore scored for the Devils while Kevin Kinkaid made 28 saves in the New Jersey net.

Hurricanes 2, Sabres 1 (SO): Lee Stempniak and Sebastian Aho converted in the shootout and Carolina picked up a rare victory in that format.

The Hurricanes are 2-4 in shootouts this season.

Joakim Nordstrom scored in the first period for Carolina and the goal nearly stood up before Evander Kane's goal with 2:37 left in regulation.


Carolina has at least one team point in six of its last seven games, though it hasn't won back-to-back contests since a five-game winning streak Nov. 12-22.

Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.

He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.

He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.

Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or
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