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Zuccarello scores 2, Wild beat Stars to take 2-1 collection lead

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild had a brief reminiscence after a lopsided loss in Dallas, and demand they’ll transfer on rapidly from their newest victory.

Mats Zuccarello scored twice and Ryan Hartman had a three-point sport because the Wild beat the Dallas Stars 5-1 Friday night time to take a 2-1 lead within the first-round playoff collection.

“Tonight when you get home, the game is over. It’s a race to four,” Zuccarello stated. “This game, too, we’ve got to forget quick because they come quick here. Get some rest tonight and tomorrow, and we know these guys are going to be ready to go on Sunday, so we’ve got to make sure we’re ready to go.”

Zuccarello scored Minnesota’s first objective on a backhander at 16:45 of the primary interval and beat Stars goalie Jake Oettinger on a breakaway at 14:07 of the third to convey the sellout crowd to its ft.

Marcus Johansson, Marcus Foligno and Hartman additionally scored for the Wild. Filip Gustavsson, who didn’t play in a 7-3 Game 2 loss in Dallas, made 23 saves.

Luke Glendening scores his first objective of the collection at 2:25 of the second interval for Dallas. Oettinger, a Minnesota native, stopped 20 pictures.

PHOTOS: Zuccarello scores 2, Wild beat Stars to take 2-1 collection lead

Game 4 of the best-of-seven collection is Sunday on the Xcel Energy Center.

“We’ve got a chance to get a split here and get our home ice back with a big effort next game, so that’s what we’re looking to do,” Dallas coach Pete DeBoer stated.

The Wild opened the scoring late within the first interval. John Klingberg, enjoying in his first sport of the collection, fired a shot from the purpose that wound up in entrance of the online. After the puck bounced round, Zuccarello corralled it and scored previous Oettinger.

Minnesota took a 2-0 lead early within the second when Johansson made a transfer to get previous Colin Miller and beat Oettinger on the stick aspect.

Eleven seconds later, Glendening managed a bouncing put and fired previous Gustavsson, chopping Dallas’ deficit to 2-1.

Foligno made it 3-1 on an influence play objective that was initially waved off for a excessive stick. A assessment by the officers deemed his stick was on the crossbar degree, that means Minnesota regained its two-goal lead with 8:36 left within the second interval.

“I don’t have a problem with the replay and the goal. I had a problem with the original penalty is my problem with that,” DeBoer stated. “I didn’t think we should have been short-handed to have that goal scored on the power play.”

The Wild acquired ahead Joel Eriksson Ek again for the sport. Sidelined since April 6, Eriksson Ek missed the primary two video games of the collection with a lower-body harm. His return Friday was shortlived.

Eriksson Ek, who had 23 targets and 38 assists throughout the common season, left the ice throughout his first shift of the primary interval and didn’t return. That left Minnesota quick a ahead for practically all the sport.

Wild coach Dean Evason didn’t present any updates on Eriksson Ek after the sport.

“Disappointing, obviously. We all know who he is, outside and more importantly inside, and his will to get back out there with his teammates was tremendous,” Evason stated. “So, yeah, it’s a tough one for sure.”

Hartman and Klingberg every earned assists on each of Zuccarello’s targets.

Hartman scored an empty-net objective with 1:50 to play.


Wild ahead Mason Shaw, who tore his ACL for the fourth time in his profession earlier this month, carried out the “Let’s Play Hockey!” chant that takes place simply earlier than puck drop at each Wild dwelling sport. Shaw was on two crutches and carrying his inexperienced No. 15 jersey as he drew a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd. The 24-year-old Shaw had 17 factors in 59 video games this season.


Oettinger grew up in Lakeville, Minnesota, about 25 miles from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. He stated previous to Friday’s sport that he purchased a couple of dozen tickets for family and friends.

“There’s worse things you can spend your money on than tickets for your family,” Oettinger stated. “So I’m just happy they get to be here and to watch (me) play live in the playoffs.”

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