ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild bench was busy collecting pucks on Saturday night.
The pucks were snapped up quickly and will go somewhere special for Justin Fontaine and Mathew Dumba, two Minnesota rookies who have taken vastly different paths to the NHL.
Fontaine and Dumba each scored his first NHL goal in Saturday's 5-1 win against the Dallas Stars. Nino Niederreiter added his first goal for the Wild and third in the NHL. Matt Cooke and Zach Parise also scored for Minnesota, which has won back-to-back games after an 0-1-2 start to the season.
Saturday wasn't much different from the season's first few games, except the Wild finished its scoring chances against Dallas. Minnesota outshot Dallas 36-19 and has outshot its opponent in every game this season, including a 65-25 edge in the second period.
"That's kind of what we said, we expected to happen eventually here, that we would get what we deserved," coach Mike Yeo said. "We continue to go out and do the right things."