When hockey fans get defensive and insist that a 2-1 game can be exciting and memorable, they point to contests like the Minnesota Wild’s 2-1 win against the Dallas Stars.
- The Stars seemingly scored the opening goal, but it was negated by a coach’s challenge, as officials believed that Antoine Roussel kept Devan Dubnyk from making the save.
- Dubnyk kept the Wild in even as the Stars carried the play for chunks of time, particularly in the third period.
- Stars fans lost a lot of their ability to vent about that negated goal after Tyler Seguin got away with what likely should have been at least a double-minor (if not a major?) high-sticking penalty on Jared Spurgeon:
(Spurgeon returned to the game, so that’s a good sign despite all the blood.)
- Jamie Benn broke his pointless slump, but he took a huge hit late in the contest:
Benn scored later on, so he’s seemingly OK, yet wow.
It’s the sort of game that probably left the somewhat-struggling Stars a little extra winded.
So, yes, it was a low-scoring game. Plenty of happened as Minnesota finally held onto a lead against Dallas and won 2-1 tonight.