The Minnesota Wild put together a barrage of goal-scoring in the third period of Sunday’s Game Six against the Dallas Stars and seemed poised to hold out for a Game Seven situation, but the Stars survived and won the best of seven series by a final score of 5-4.
It was a wild one at the Xcel Energy Center, to say the least.
The Stars jumped out to a convincing 4-0 lead after two periods, but Minnesota managed four goals in the final period. Luckily for Dallas, Alex Goligoski also had a goal in the third.
Unluckily for the Wild, what could’ve been the tying goal with 33 seconds to go was confirmed to have not crossed the goal line. The Stars were able to put it away after the late scramble and the series was over.
The Stars took the Game Six win because they were able to take advantage of their chances. They got things done and managed to survive any Wild rallies.
Jamie Benn had 10 points in six games, including a goal and two assists on Sunday. Jason Spezza was a beast with nine points in six games, including four goals and five assists. And Patrick Sharp had three goals in the series, which made the absence of Tyler Seguin easier to bear.
Kari Lehtonen put in four games in the Dallas net and finished the series with a .911 save percentage and a 2.27 goals against average. He also posted a shutout. Antti Niemi started two games and put in a 3.36 goals against average with a .870 save percentage. As predicted, goaltending did not win this series for the Stars.
Dallas outscored Minnesota 21-17, which isn’t actually all that impressive when you consider the Stars took Game One by a final score of 4-0. They weren’t able to hold the Wild off the scoreboard in any convincing fashion, but they took the series win on the basis of energy and a little bit of old-fashioned luck.
Minnesota netminder Devan Dubnyk started all six games and posted a 3.34 goals against average with a .877 save percentage. He faced 163 shots.
The Wild received convincing performances from the likes of Jason Pominville and Mikko Koivu, who had five points in six games – including two points on Sunday.
But in the end, Dallas’ onslaught worked and they capitalized on the bounces. Now, they’ll face the winner of the St. Louis Blues/Chicago Blackhawks series, which is headed to Game Seven on Monday night.