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NHL: Dallas 2, Minnesota 1 (SO)

Feb. 5, 2012 at 12:56 AM   |   Comments

DALLAS, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Jamie Benn's shot past Niklas Backstrom in the second round of a shootout Saturday sparked the Dallas Stars to a 2-1 decision over Minnesota.

The Stars got a goal from Loui Eriksson in the first round of the tiebreaker, but Matt Cullen quickly evened it with a tally off Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen.

In the second round, Benn snapped a wrist shot that got between Backstrom's pads and Lehtonen made it hold up for the win with a stop on Jared Spurgeon.

Mike Ribeiro netted the Stars' only regulation goal and Lehtonen made 33 saves for Dallas, which pulled to within two points of Minnesota for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.

The Wild lost for the sixth time in nine games, managing only a single goal from Kyle Brodziak.

Backstrom turned away 25 shots.

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