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     what he saw on the scoreboard at the second intermission Connor Brown Jersey , and he did his best to change that.Seguin scored two goals in the final eight minutes, lifting the Dallas Stars over the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Friday night.“I thought after 40 minutes we deserved to win that game,” Seguin said.The game was still tied at 1 when Mattias Janmark took the puck along the boards in the neutral zone and passed across the blue line to Seguin. His slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle went under Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk and trickled into the net with 7:42 left.“I saw the puck coming,” Dubnyk said. “I went straight down. I didn’t pull up. I didn’t open up. It’s a save you need to make. Obviously, you want to come up with that save in a 1-1 game.”Seguin added an empty-net goal, his team-high 20th of the season, with 24 seconds to play. The Stars won their third in a row and stopped the Wild’s three-game winning streak to pass Minnesota for third place in the Central Division.“That was a playoff game tonight,” Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. “It was a big focal point going into the third: ‘Let’s win the net-front battle and be in third place.’ Our will was great.”Ben Bishop followed a shutout win on Wednesday with a 21-save effort against the Wild. He protected the lead by stopping a backhand attempt by Marcus Foligno with 6:25 remaining.Dubnyk finished with 29 saves.Wild coach Bruce Boudreau noted the narrow margin of victory.“One mistake here Frederik Andersen Jersey ,” Boudreau said. “Zach (Parise) misses a net where Bishop falls and is out of the net and they come down and score, and that’s the difference in the game.”Bishop is part of a defense that has allowed only seven goals in the past five games. The Stars’ 129 goals allowed are second in the league behind the Islanders.“That’s what we are,” Montgomery said. “If you have the defense, you’re always going to be in every game.”Dallas’ Andrew Cogliano and Minnesota’s Brad Hunt scored in the second period, which ended 1-all.Cogliano tipped in Roman Polak’s shot from the right point for a 1-0 lead at 3:12 of the second.“It felt good just to contribute,” Cogliano said. “At this point, it doesn’t matter who scores, it’s all about the win.”That goal ended a drought of 74 minutes Womens Jake Gardiner Jersey , 33 seconds without a score by either team in Dallas’ two most recent games. When Cogliano went off with a high-sticking double minor two minutes later, those were the first penalties by either team in 75:06 of ice time in the same games.Hunt tied the game at 8:48 of the second during the power play for Cogliano’s second penalty.NOTES: Cogliano’s fourth goal of the season was his first for the Stars in five games since being acquired from Anaheim in a trade on Jan. 14. … The Wild were playing for the first time in nine days. … Dallas C Jason Dickinson left Wednesday’s game with a lower-body injury and is expected to miss both games this weekend. … Minnesota LW Pontus Aberg (lower-body injury) left the game in the second period. … Wild C Matt Hendricks played in his 600th NHL game. … Entering the game, Minnesota led the Stars by one point in the standings, with the difference the Wild’s point for an overtime loss vs. Dallas. Minnesota’s goal differential was 0, and Dallas was at minus-1. The teams had split the first two meetings. Dallas has six goals in the three games between the teams and the Wild have five.UP NEXTWild: Return home Saturday to play Chicago.Stars: Play the second game of a back-to-back at Nashville on Saturday. There have been glimpses of brilliance during an otherwise puzzling five-week stretch for the Minnesota Wild that have seen them winfour of 14 matches.But forgive Minnesota if it feels as though a page was turned Saturday during a 3-1 victory in Winnipeg that snapped a five-game losing streak. The Wild not only got two points out of the trip to Manitoba, but may have found something else: Their identity.“It’s amazing how much a win can kind of lift the weight off a team’s shoulders,” forward Eric Fehr told the team website Sunday after practice. “When you start sliding, it seems like it’s never going to end. It’s a little quieter around the room. It’s just not as much fun around the rink. You start winning Matt Bartkowski Jersey Womens , and you can already see, it’s lighter around the room today.”Article continues below ...Minnesota will try to keep the mood a good one Monday when it closes the page on the 2018 part of the schedule against the surging Pittsburgh Penguins at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.Despite their struggles since late November, the Wild (18-16-3) remain only four points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. And with the Central Division’s top three teams — Winnipeg, Nashville and Colorado — having combined for 12 consecutive defeats, there’s still plenty of time for Minnesota to make a run.“You have to raise your level of the game, especially to the teams you’re playing,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. “If we don’t keep the game at the level we have to to succeed Youth John Tavares Jersey , we’ll be in trouble. We can’t afford to win one, lose one. At some point, you’ve got to put a run together.”Minnesota looked like a team capable of putting that run together in winning at one of the league’s tougher barns. It scored first and second, then put the clamps on after a Patrik Laine marker drew the Jets within a goal in the third period.Simply put, it was textbook road hockey, the same type of hockey Pittsburgh (20-12-6) displayed Saturday night in routing St. Louis 6-1 at Enterprise Center. Sidney Crosby scored 48 seconds into the game and the Penguins led 4-0 before the Blues finally countered with a goal.Pittsburgh scored on all four-power play chances and blocked 23 shots in front of Matt Murray, who bagged 30 saves, as it upped its winning streak to five games and improved to 8-2-0 in its last 10 contests.What the Penguins have done lately — they’ve come from out of the playoff picture to third in the Metropolitan Division — is what the Wild are aiming to do as the calendar flips to 2019.“It’s part of human nature Nazem Kadri Jersey , we have ups and downs,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “Your ability to respond the right way in those situations is what’s most important. Our guys — they know how to do that, and they did that again tonight.”The Penguins practiced Sunday without defenseman Olli Maatta and forward Bryan Rust. Both are nursing lower-body injuries.