Blood, big checks and drama in Wild win vs. Stars

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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.

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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.