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- Updated: April 15, 2016
The Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild went into game 1 of the playoffs with the same goal in mind. Go up 1-0 in the series. For the Stars, that is exactly what happened. Goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped all 22 shots, while forward Jamie Benn finished the game with 3 points, starting the playoffs the same way he ended the regular season. The Wild also started the playoffs how they ended the regular season, except it was not in the same positive way that Benn did it. The Wild came into this game with loses in their last 5 games, scoring just 6 goals in those games. The scoring struggles continued today, getting shutout in Game 1 of the series.
After a scoreless first period, Radek Faksa would score the first goal of the game. After stealing the puck from a Wild defender, forward Ales Hemskey passed the puck to Faksa, who shot from between the faceoff circles and over the glove of goaltender Devin Dubnyk and into the net, giving the Stars a 1-0 lead. The goal was Faksa’s first career playoff goal. Jason Spezza would make it 2-0 just under 10 minutes later. Patrick Eaves dropped the puck to Spezza, who skated into the offensive zone. He faked a slap shot before firing a wrist shot once again over the glove of Dubnyk, crossing the goal line and into the back of the net.
The Stars offense would continue in the third, this time Eaves would get the goal. Jamie Benn passed the puck to Spezza, who was standing at the blue line ready to fire a slapshot at the goal. Spezza shot the puck at Dubnyk, who made the save, but gave up a rebound which Eaves buried into the net. The goal would be reviewed for goaltender interference, but none was found, resulting in a 3-0 lead for the Stars. Jamie Benn scored an empty net goal with 4 minutes left to make it 4-0, clinching the Stars victory.
The Stars, who were without one of their top forwards in Tyler Seguin, will look to continue their strong play on Saturday night for game 2 of the series. As for the Wild, who were also without their top forward, Zach Parise, will look to figure something out on Saturday. The Wild have now lost 6 straight games, including the regular season, and have been shutout in 2 of their last 3 games.