Stars send Wild to brink of elimination after comeback win


The Dallas Stars are now one win away from advancing to the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.

They will have the chance to do that on home ice.

After overcoming the Wild in a back-and-forth second period that saw the two teams exchange a total of five goals, the Stars were able to hang on for the 3-2 victory, having to kill off a six-on-four Wild advantage in the final minute of the third period. Dallas now takes a 3-1 lead in the series.

The Wild looked to be in good shape midway through Game 4.

Twice, Minnesota grabbed a lead in the second period. Jason Pominville opened the scoring, and Charlie Coyle busted out of a 21-game scoring drought with a beautiful individual effort, regaining the Wild’s lead just 1:03 after Ales Hemsky got Dallas on the board.

The always dangerous Stars struck back, however, on goals from Patrick Eaves and Jason Spezza, who gave Dallas the lead with just over a minute remaining in the period.

Antti Niemi, who was making his series debut as Lindy Ruff opted to sit veteran Kari Lehtonen for Game 4, made 28 saves.

The Stars can now close out the series with a win in front of their home fans Friday.