The Minnesota Wild entered its fifth game of the season averaging just over two goals per game.
The Wild recorded a pair in each of the first two periods Saturday in a 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars at the Xcel Energy Center.
Justin Fontaine and Mathew Dumba both recorded their first career NHL goals and Nino Niederreiter scored his first as a member of the Wild to lead the rout.
Fontaine got the scoring started just 12 seconds into the game - a team record - with a backhand shot that found its way through Dan Ellis.
"That's a good way to start a night," Fontaine said. "It gets you in the game and the start you wanted. We wanted to take it to (their top line) and getting that goal was huge."
Fontaine, who is apart of the team's top checking line with Kyle Brodziak and Matt Cooke, were in charge of shutting down the Stars' top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley. That trio recorded three of the team's four goals Friday in Winnipeg.
"They're coming off a huge night," Fontaine said about keeping that line in check. "That was a big task. We heard we were going to match them this morning. We were prepared to take away their pass lanes and puck movement."
Dumba later notched his first career goal off a terrific pass from Dany Heatley on the power play.
Niederreiter gave the Wild a seemingly unsurmountable four-goal lead with his first in a Wild sweater at the 10:20 mark of the second period.
Heatley was moved from the first to the second unit before the game and both groups responded with a goal.
"We want to get (Heatley) a goal," Mike Yeo said about switching up the power play units. "I thought that was a good step for him tonight. We wanted to get a right shot on (the first unit) and we saw it paid dividends with both units."
Zach Parise re-claimed his team-lead in goals with a power play tally in the third period. Cooke had tied him with three on a wrap around midway through the first period. Cooke's goal was the eventual game-winner.
The Stars (2-2-0) avoided the shutout with a power play goal at the 12:40 mark of the second period.
The Wild (2-1-2) return to action Monday against the Buffalo Sabres in the first of two-games in two-nights, both on the road.
No. 3 – Mathew Dumba. The Wild defenseman scored a goal.
No. 2 – Justin Fontaine. The Wild forward scored a goal.
No. 1 – Matt Cooke. The Wild forward recorded a goal and an assist.
Dallas……….0 1 0 – 1
Minnesota…..2 2 1 – 5
First Period – 1, Minnesota, Fontaine 1 (Cooke), :12. 2, Minnesota, Cooke 3 (unassisted), 10:41. Penalties – Heatley, MIN (cross checking), 15:52; Koivu, MIN (tripping), 17:42.
Second Period – 3, Minnesota, Dumba 1 (Heatley, Brodin), 8:23 (pp). 4, Minnesota, Niederreiter 1 (Koivu, Spurgeon), 10:20. 5, Dallas, Jo. Benn 1 (Seguin, Chiasson), 12:40 (pp). Penalties – Goligoski, DAL (interference), 3:47; Dillon, DAL (high sticking), 7:19; Suter, MIN (delay of game), 12:02.
Third Period – 6, Minnesota, Parise 4 (Spurgeon, Suter), 14:30 (pp). Penalties – Horcoff, DAL (hooking), :35; Chiasson, DAL (cross checking), 14:02.
Shots on goal – Dallas 7-6-6 19. Minnesota 12-13-11 36.
Goalies – Dallas, Ellis (31-36). Minnesota, Harding (18-19). A – 18,278. Referees – Dennis LaRue, Eric Furlatt. Linesmen – Derek Amell, Brad Lazarowich.