The Dallas Stars had supreme control of the puck during the start of Game six of the NHL First Round Series.
Just after five minutes, John Klingberg put the Stars on the board with a hard one-timer to the goal during a power play. This was Klingberg’s first postseason goal. The Stars’ Jason Spezza, and Patrick Sharp would go on to score two more for the Stars making it 3-0 at the end of the first period.
The Wild fought back with a more controlled defense during the second period. Dallas pushed back at the end of the period with a goal from Jamie Benn, putting the Stars ahead 4-0.
It was during the third period that the Wild turned on the offensive rally. Jared Spurgeon kicked off the scoring for the Wild with his first goal of the postseason.
The rally quickly continued with a goal just 16 seconds later from the Wild’s Jonas Brodin bringing the score to 4-2. The song “Let’s go Crazy by Prince played after each Wild goal with this game being the first match for the Wild since Minnesota’s musical prodigy passed away. Spurgeon responded yet again with another goal on a power play making it 4-3. With 9:32 remaining in the third period, Alex Goligoski took a shot for the Stars. Minnesota’s goalkeeper Devin Dubnyk lost sight of the puck as it bounced around the goal line and eventually made it’s way into the goal. Jason Pominville responded with a goal at 15:13 pulling the score to 5-4 for Minnesota.
However, time ran out for Minnesota as Dallas clinched the series. This is the first time the Stars have advanced in the postseason since 2008. The Stars will play the winner of Game 7 between the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues. That match will be hosted by the Blues on Monday night.