Mattias Janmark collected one goal and one assist and Blake Comeau, Alexander Radulov and Andrej Sekera also scored as the host Dallas Stars scored four unanswered goals en route to a 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators in the Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium on Wednesday.
It will be the Wild's first New Year's Day outdoor game and the second regular-season outdoor contest in team history. While the Wild's opponent for next New Years Day is not yet known, it's hard to argue that they're the ideal choice and destination. The Stars then scored three goals in a short span to start the third period before 85,630 at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, the second-largest crowd to attend an National Hockey League game. Perry became the first player to be ejected from a Winter Classic. "Target Field is a fantastic stadium and there is no better place for the NHL event than here in Hockey State". "I think that's a big draw as well, come see something different there".
Trainers and medical staff had to help Ellis off the ice and he did not return to the game.
Dallas is in the third spot in the Central Division at the moment.
The Stars won 4-1 on December 14 in Nashville, their only meeting so far this season.
Like Perry, Stars interim head coach Rick Bowness deemed the play an accident.
The Wild are back on the ice at the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday afternoon when they'll take on the Winnipeg Jets at 1:00 p.m.
"I've played with Ryan before", he said.
The organization has long lobbied to host this annual in-the-elements New Year's Day game, which began in 2008, touting a state where the sport's tradition is as strong as any in America with generations of skaters on frozen lakes and ponds and even hosed-down parkland.
The Stars will wear green and white jerseys with elements of the 1993-94 Stars, the first season in Dallas, and Dallas Texans USHA 1945-46, the first minor league team in Dallas.
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