ST. PAUL (AP) -- Manny Fernandez is playing with the confidence that often eluded him last season.
Fernandez made 33 saves, and Marian Gaborik scored two goals Thursday night in the unbeaten Minnesota Wild's 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.
Pascal Dupuis had two assists for Minnesota, which handed Dallas its first loss.
The Stars outshot the Wild 34-24, but Fernandez didn't yield a goal until Ulf Dahlen scored on a power play to make it 2-1 with 4:09 remaining.
Gaborik, the 3-year-old franchise's first-ever draft pick, scored his first two goals of the season and reached 50 for his career.
Dallas committed the game's first penalty, an interference call on Aaron Downey, and it cost the Stars.
Dupuis fired a shot that glanced off Marty Turco's leg pads, and Gaborik knocked the rebound in with 34 seconds left on the power play.
The Wild took a 2-0 lead with 2:44 left in the second period when Sergei Zholtok passed behind the goal to Dupuis, who fed Gaborik for a one-timer past Turco's stick.
"They played their game plan perfectly," Turco said. "We had more great (scoring) chances than people think, but Manny played great. "
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