But for as bad as that goal was for Mason, it still probably wasn’t as freakish as the one Antoine Roussel scored in Dallas to give the Stars a 1-0 lead over the Minnesota Wild. The Wild were trying to clear it out from behind their own net, but they were met by a couple Stars.
Game 1 is done and the Wild are down a game.
We’ll react to this game, as well as get you ready for Game 3 on Monday. With Seguin out of the lineup the Stars really tightened up their defensive game, allowing just nineteen goals in the eleven games Seguin missed.
If Minnesota takes the following three keys into consideration Saturday night, they might just have a chance.
The Dallas Stars have had a clear edge over the depleted Minnesota Wild during most of the first two games of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.
It took 112 minutes, but the Minnesota Wild finally scored.
Spezza first faked a slap shot from the right circle, a fake Dubnyk bit on.
First Period-None. Penalties-Scandella, Min (hooking), 8:28; Dallas bench, served by Sharp (too many men), 9:39; Hemsky, Dal (slashing), 13:08; Suter, Min (tripping), 16:45. Going into the playoffs, the Stars had the fourth-best power play percentage in the league at 22.1 percent. “I just kind of take what’s open”. It is hard enough to defeat the NHL’s highest-scoring team on equal terms, but spoon-feeding Dallas pucks and momentum was a blueprint for failure. The goal frame could be raised somewhat on one post (or both), but as long as the flexible pegs are still in contact with the holes in the ice and the goal posts, the goal frame shall not be deemed to be displaced. The Wild ended the season on a five game losing streak and are dealing with some injuries that may affect what happens in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. After squandering a 3-0 lead in the first round against Los Angeles two years ago, however, the Sharks are far from overconfident even though they’re back in the Bay Area with an early edge in the series. They were the only team other than the President’s Trophy winning Capitals to reach 50 wins.
Of course, there are more games and things can changed. Stop the turnovers; stop the dump and chase. Minnesota lost 2-1 and head back home with a 2-0 series deficit. Fortunately for the Stars, their special teams play rises above and beyond that of the Wild.
The puck hit Dubnyk, then slid down his back and dropped onto the ice as the net became dislodged as he backed up. Overall the team effort was solid and they’ll aim to do similarly tonight. Minny will send Devan Dubnyk back to the crease as he will face off against Kari Lehtonen who was excellent when called upon in game one and will likely be the guy moving forward.Dubnyk, though, couldn’t stop them all. Obviously they did not score and you can’t win without scoring but they were in the game until late in the third period.