ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild are finding a way to win without injured stars Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu.

Former Sioux Falls Stampede defenseman Nate Prosser scored his third career goal at 2:42 of overtime, lifting the Wild over the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Saturday night.

"When you're playing the right way, it is going to be a different guy every night," Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said. "You can't have the same person going out and doing it all the time. But if every guy is doing the right thing then their turn will come."

Prosser netted the winning score for the second time in as many games. The 27-year-old defenseman sent Nino Niederreiter's rebound past Kari Lehtonen's glove for Minnesota's third victory in its last four games.

 

 

Asked if it was the biggest goal of his career, Prosser responded: "Yeah, there's not many of them, so it's pretty easy to say."

Koivu is out after he had surgery to repair a broken ankle. Parise has been sidelined by a foot injury. But the Wild (27-19-5) have won seven of nine since a six-game losing streak in December.

Erik Haula and Ryan Suter also scored for the Wild, and Darcy Kuemper stopped 33 shots in his fourth straight start. Kuemper is 4-1 in five starts since Jan. 7 in place of hurting Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding, who is out due to complications with his multiple sclerosis.

Ryan Garbutt and Alex Chiasson scored for the slumping Stars, who have only one win in their last nine games. Lehtonen made 16 saves.

Haula's first career goal put Minnesota up 1-0 at 7:11 in the first. After knocking the puck away from Erik Cole along the boards, the former University of Minnesota standout skated ahead and beat Lehtonen on the stick side.

But the Wild had only three shots in the opening period, with Dallas outworking the home team on offense. Minnesota failed to get a shot off during an extended power play late in the period when Shawn Horcoff received a double minor for high-sticking.

But Kuemper's solid play in net offset Dallas' aggressive offensive play.

Dallas tied it at 11:57 of the second on Garbutt's 10th goal of the season. Garbutt picked up a rebound off Vernon Fiddler's shot in front of the net and knocked it in past Kuemper.

Yeo then called for a timeout to rally his team, and his players responded. Minnesota reclaimed the lead when Suter wristed a shot from the left circle through a crowd and past Lehtonen at 14:09.

Chiasson's power-play goal for Dallas tied it with just over 10 minutes to play.

The game capped the eighth annual Hockey Day Minnesota that included three high school hockey games on an outdoor rink in the Minneapolis suburb of Elk River, and the University of Minnesota men's team against Ohio State.

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