Radulov hat trick keys Stars’ big rally to beat Wild 6-3

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DALLAS (AP) — Alexander Radulov had a hat trick, scoring late in the second period and twice in the third, as the Dallas Stars rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Minnesota Wild 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Roope Hintz, Joe Pavelski and Tyler Seguin also scored for Dallas, which didn’t get on the board until Radulov’s goal with 48 seconds left in the second period.

Eric Staal, who celebrated his 35th birthday, had a power-play goal and an assist in the first period for Minnesota. Jason Zucker and Ryan Suter also scored for the Wild.

Anton Khudobin made 11 saves for the Stars after relieving Ben Bishop to begin the second period. Bishop stopped eight of 10 shots he faced.

Dallas has won four of five games after beginning the season 1-7-1.

Alex Stalock made 31 saves for the Wild, who remained in last place in the Central Division. Minnesota had won three of four.

Hintz scored 4:09 into the third period to cut Minnesota’s lead to 3-2, and Pavleski tied it midway through the period. Radulov, who came in with one goal this season, scored his second of the night with 8:29 to play for a 4-3 lead.

Tyler Seguin scored Dallas’ fourth goal of the period with 1:40 left, and Radulov completed the hat trick on an empty-netter with 30 seconds remaining.

Pavelski and Seguin each had a goal and two assists.


Staal assisted on Minnesota’s first goal, by Jason Zucker, 2:50 into the game. At 17:54, Staal scored his fourth goal in the past four games after being held scoreless in the first eight.

Suter made it 3-0 on the power play with 5:34 left in the second period. Jared Spurgeon passed back to Suter at the blue line, and he blasted a slap shot past Khudobin.

It was Minnesota’s eighth power-play goal this season, with five of those in the five most recent games.

Dallas improved to 4 for 40 (10 on the power play this season.

Radulov began Dallas’ rally when he took a dive across the slot to reach the puck on the end of his stick and send it inside the right goalpost.

NOTES: Staal’s only previous birthday goal was also against Dallas, in 2016. He has seven birthday assists, including four in a game at Pittsburgh in 2005. … Dallas D Andrej Sekera didn’t play after slamming into the boards behind the net Saturday. … The Stars franchise’s lowest season success rate on the power play is 14% in 2010-11. Wild LW Jordan Greenway returned after missing two games while in the league’s concussion protocol. LW Kevin Fiala (upper-body injury) has been out for four games. G Devan Dubnyk (upper body) has missed three games but is likely to be in goal Wednesday at St. Louis. … Bishop had won four straight starts against the Wild.


Wild: Play the first of a two-game home-and-home series in three nights against the Blues on Wednesday at St. Louis.

Stars: At Colorado on Friday.