The Minnesota Wild won their playoff opener against the Dallas Stars in a thrilling game that lasted over four hours and went into early Tuesday morning. Ryan Hartman scored the Double OT game-winning goal at 1 a.m. local time, lifting the puck over Jake Oettinger’s extended left leg to give the Wild a 3-2 victory.
Both teams’ 24-year-old goalies had outstanding performances. With Filip Gustavsson making 52 saves for the Wild and Oettinger making 45 saves for the Stars. Minnesota coach Dean Evason praised both goalies for their fantastic saves throughout the game.
The game-winner came after the puck deflected off a Stars defenseman’s stick and onto Hartman’s stick. Despite the loss, Oettinger acknowledged that it was just a lucky bounce that went the Wild’s way.
Game 2 between the two teams will take place on Wednesday night in Dallas.
During the game, veteran Stars center Joe Pavelski left the ice after a massive hit from Matt Dumba, which was initially called a five-minute major penalty but later reduced to a minor after a lengthy replay review. The Stars announced that Pavelski was doing okay after the game, but his status for the next game was uncertain.
Roope Hintz and Jason Robertson scored power-play goals for the Stars in the second period. While Kirill Kaprizov scored a power-play goal for the Wild in the final minute of the first period. Sam Steel tied the game for the Wild with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the second period.
Despite several near misses, both teams were unable to score in the third period and the first overtime period. The Stars had a power play opportunity in the double OT period, but were unable to convert before Hartman’s game-winner.
The game also featured a scuffle between Domi and Dumba, with Domi receiving a 10-minute misconduct penalty.