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Wild's home house of haunts continues with 4-1 loss to Stars

Sarah McLellan, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A goalie change was motioned for, a typical response when a team sinks into a three-goal hole in just a breezy 2 minutes, 22 seconds like the Wild did.

But it wasn't Devan Dubnyk who was getting the hook.

Despite facing zero shots in the period and being in the midst of a recently-minted franchise record for a shutout streak, Ben Bishop was ushered out of duty -- leaving with a lower-body injury.

It looked like just the turn of events that could help the Wild mount a comeback, perhaps the type of statement win that would reclaim the mojo they had just last week. But the Wild ultimately squandered the chance to capitalize on the change in net to fall 4-1 to the Stars on Thursday in front of 18,919 at Xcel Energy Center for the team's third straight setback to remain out of a playoff position.

The Wild have also won just once in their past 10 home games.

That quick outburst by Dallas came early in the second after a scoreless opening period in which the Stars were superior.

 

The first was a point shot from winger Blake Comeau that was tipped by center Radek Faksa at 4:11.

Only 1:14 later, winger Roope Hintz pounced on a rebound that eventually trickled by Dubnyk and tucked itself just inside the post and over the goal line. Defenseman Jared Spurgeon cleared the puck, causing confusion about whether the goal was legit, but video review confirmed it completely crossed the line.

And on the very next shift, winger Joel L'Esperance was left alone in front to redirect a puck over Dubnyk's left shoulder at 6:33 for his first NHL goal.

The ensuing faceoff was stalled for the switch in net, but it was Bishop who left and not Dubnyk. Bishop had yet to encounter any shots from the Wild that period and made just seven stops in the first, a frame in which he surpassed Eddie Belfour's 219:26 franchise record for longest shutout streak -- getting it to 230:53 before he was removed from the game, a run that included Bishop pitching three consecutive shutouts before taking on the Wild.

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