The Dallas Stars defeated the Minnesota Wild with ease in game one, making a huge statement for the rest of the series.
It had been two calendar years since the Dallas Stars had played an NHL postseason game. That was until Thursday evening’s matchup with the Minnesota Wild, in Game One of the opening round.
The result was even more beautiful for Dallas. From start to finish, the victory green were all over the visitors from up north. In their first home playoff game since the infamous Game Six against the Anaheim Ducks, the Stars did nothing but dominate their guests.
Kari Lehtonen was lights out with a 22-save shutout, captain Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists, along with goals from Radek Faksa, Jason Spezza and Patrick Eaves. But every player on the Stars played a huge role in last night’s victory, and they’ll need that effort from everyone throughout their entire playoff run.
The Stars also did this without Tyler Seguin, but his return from an achilles injury will come tomorrow night in Game Two. Having Seguin back will only add to the already unstoppable offensive power of the Dallas Stars.
It’s only 1-0 in the series, and there is plenty of hockey left to be played. But if the Dallas Stars continue to play like this, this series could be over really, really quickly. Minnesota is a talented hockey team, but the Stars are legit Stanley Cup contenders. The Dallas Stars team that hit the ice on Thursday night are capable of winning the whole entire thing.
The Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild series continues tomorrow night, as Game Two starts at 7:00. The green and white look to take a 2-0 series advantage before heading up north for games three and four.