Ryan Hartman scored the winning goal in the second period of overtime as the Minnesota Wild won Game 1 of their series against the Dallas Stars 3-2.
Filip Gustavsson was amazing with a save performance of 51. On the other side of the rink, Jake Oettinger had little to shame with his 45 save pucks.
However, the game was somewhat overshadowed by the departure of Joe Pavelski in the second half. The all-star veteran appeared stunned after taking a tough check from Matt Dumbaa. He was unable to return to the game and doctors will be watching the American closely.
Rob Hintz and Jason Robertson were the only ones to beat Gustavsson, who didn’t give up once at 5-5 in the match. Kirill Kaprisov and Sam Steele scored in regular time at Camp Wild. Steele also assisted on Hartmann’s award-winning goal.
Special teams made the difference
The two teams exchanged some good chances in the first half, but the first goal came in the last minute of play, and in a strong game Kaprizov opened the scoring by redirecting Jared Spurgeon’s shot.
The response of the stars was quick at the beginning of the second. Also with the man advantage, Hintz beat Gustavsson with a good wrist shot from the top of the hole.
The Wild can’t seem to learn from their mistakes as they’ve given the stars another power play. Just over two minutes later, Jason Robertson upset Gustafsson’s wake to give the Texans the lead. Miro Heiskanen and Pavelski were partners in the “Robo” goal.
But the festivities were short-lived for Pavelsky. A few minutes later, he was hit hard by a dumba. His head hit the ice surface hard and the veteran left the game.
The officials initially gave Doumba a large penalty, allowing them to revise the line. After watching the replay, the penalty was reduced to a simple rough penalty. However, Doumba was pounced on by Max Domba, who also received a rough ticket, as well as a 10-minute penalty for misconduct. Despite the violent contact with Pavelsky, the stars did not take advantage of the numerical advantage.
Playing his first game with the Wild since he was acquired at the trade deadline, Gustav Nyquist made his presence felt. The Swede let Sam Steele escape, and the striker did not miss his chance. His first playoff goal tied the game.
After a scoreless third period, both teams headed into overtime. In his first NHL playoff game, Gustafsson made his mark in that first overtime period. The former Ottawa Senators, who was acquired for Cam Talbot, made 17 tackles to keep the two teams tied.
Less preoccupied than his opponent, Oettinger nonetheless signaled himself several times in extra time, pulling off two huge chests at Marcus Johansson’s expense.
The Stars thought they would put an end to the controversy midway through the second overtime period. Mason Marchment took the victory at the end of the stick, but Brock Faber made a desperate dive to block a certain target.
It seemed that the Wild wanted to provide the first victory for the goalkeeper in his first start in the playoffs. Minutes after finishing off a dangerous star power play, the Wild moved into offensive territory. Hartmann took advantage of a lucky puck bounce to be alone in front of Oettinger. Hartmann was patient in front of the young Stars goalkeeper and sent everyone home with a shot into the top of the net.
The second duel of this series will take place on Wednesday night in Dallas.
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