DALLAS (AP) — Wes Walz's goal with 3:30 left in overtime prevented the Stars from winning the Pacific Division title.
Scott Young scored twice in the third period for Dallas, including the tying goal with 3:31 left in regulation.
But Walz got his 13th goal, firing from the slot over the shoulder of goaltender Ron Tugnutt to give the Wild its third victory in four meetings with Dallas this season.
Manny Fernandez made 34 saves as Minnesota improved to 4-1-1-1 in its last seven games.
The slumping Stars, 1-3-0-1 in their last five games, pushed their advantage over Anaheim to 11 points with the point for overtime.
SENATORS 5, THRASHERS 1: In Atlanta, Todd White scored two goals and Karel Rachunek added a goal and two assists as the Ottawa Senators took advantage of the NHL's worst defense in a 5-1 rout of Atlanta on Friday night.
Goalie Ray Emery made 14 saves to win his first career start. Ottawa outshot the Thrashers 40-15.
DEVILS 3, PENGUINS 1: In East Rutherford, N.J., Patrik Elias and Jim McKenzie scored first-period goals as the Devils regained sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division.
The Devils have 95 points, two more than the idle Philadelphia Flyers in the race for the division title. Both teams have nine games remaining.
Pascal Rheaume also scored for the Devils, while Corey Schwab, making only his eighth start, made 23 saves.
The Penguins extended their winless streak to 15 games (0-14-1), the second longest in team history. Rico Fata scored for Pittsburgh, whose beleaguered goalie, Johan Hedberg, faced 42 shots.
SHARKS 3, BRUINS 2: In San Jose, Vincent Damphousse scored on a beautiful pass from Marco Sturm with 4:33 left as the San Jose Sharks beat Boston 3-2 on Friday night, spoiling Mike O'Connell's debut as Bruins coach. San Jose rallied from a two-goal deficit on the strength of Damphousse, the veteran center who was nearly traded last week. He had two goals and an assist, while Sturm had a goal and an assist.
Damphousse even won the faceoff that set up his winning goal. He went to the net as Sturm fired a perfect pass into the slot, where Damphousse easily beat former Sharks goalie Steve Shields for his 22nd goal of the season.
Incredibly, it was the Sharks' only shot in the third period.
ANTHEM APOLOGY: The president of the Montreal Canadiens apologized Friday for fans who booed the U.S. national anthem before Thursday night's game against the New York Islanders. "We apologize to anyone who may have been offended by this incident, and would encourage all fans at the Bell Centre to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of our game and our two great nations." In Atlanta Friday, the Thrashers apologized for "a small number of fans that behaved disrespectfully during the Canadian anthem."