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>>Stars Down Blackhawks

 

Jason Spezza broke a tie on a 5-on-3 power play midway through the third period and Dallas beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Sunday after blowing a three-goal lead.

 

The victory was overshadowed by the loss of Mats Zuccarello with what he thought was a broken right arm in his first game with Dallas. Acquired from the New York Rangers on Saturday, Zuccarello had a goal and assist, but left after two periods and is expected to be sidelined at least four weeks.

 

On the winner, Spezza took Alexander Radulov's feed across the crease and tapped the puck past goalie Cam Ward. Radulov and Radek Faksa also scored and Anton Khudobin made 44 saves for the Stars, who pulled two points ahead of idle Colorado and into the first Western Conference wild card.

 

Dallas forward Jamie Benn suffered an upper-body injury during the first shift of the game and didn't return. He's out day-to-day.

 

Despite being outshot 47-29 as the Blackhawks came on late, the Stars prevailed after a listless 3-0 loss at home to Carolina on Saturday.

 

Chicago star Patrick Kane was held off the scoresheet, ending his points streak at 20 games, even though he was visible in creating chances.

 

Chris Kunitz, Drake Caggiula and Jonathan Toews tied it for Blackhawks after they fell behind 3-0 early in the second period. Duncan Keith and Erik Gustafsson each had two assists, and Ward stopped 25 shots.

 

Chicago dropped its second straight game after winning 10 of 12. For the second straight game, Chicago dominated for most of the contest but didn't get a point.

 

Chicago D Brent Seabrook returned after missing three games with an abdominal strain. C Marcus Kruger was back in action after leaving Friday's game after blocking a shot.

 

The Blackhawks are at Anaheim on Wednesday night.

 

>>Blues Fall To Wild in Overtime

 

Ryan Donato scored with 2:31 left in overtime to lead the Wild past the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Sunday night for their third straight victory.

Alex Pietrangelo scored on a power play in the third period and Allen made 33 saves for the Blues, who lost for just the second time in their last 14 games after beating the Bruins in a six-round shootout on the road on Saturday night.

 

The 22-year-old Donato, who has four points in three games since he arrived, launched his shot from behind the left circle to beat Blues goalie Jake Allen's glove for the winner. 

 

Jason Zucker had the first goal, Jonas Brodin had two assists and Devan Dubnyk stopped 27 shots for the Wild, who took three of four games from the Blues in the season series with the only loss a 4-0 decision here one week ago. 

The Blues, who are 26-15-2 since Craig Berube replaced the fired Mike Yeo as coach, have not only sped past the wild card line but begun to threaten Nashville for second place in the Central Division that comes with home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Blues have played two fewer games than the Predators and trail them by five points, so the only action they'll be involved in before the Monday afternoon deadline would likely be to add another piece.

The Blues host Nashville on Tuesday night.

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