Jake Oettinger had the privilege of taking part in in entrance of his household and the fun of backstopping the Dallas Stars to a clinching win in his native Minnesota.
Ryan Suter had the satisfaction of beating his former crew that purchased out his contract two years in the past.
The Stars had all types of causes to cherish this victory, together with a bit further relaxation.
Roope Hintz acquired Dallas going early, Oettinger stonewalled his home-state crew once more and the Stars eradicated the Wild 4-1 in Recreation 6 of their first-round NHL playoff sequence on Friday evening.
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“I feel the fellows knew how necessary it was for each of us,” Suter mentioned, “and everybody actually stepped up and competed onerous for us.”
Wyatt Johnston and Mason Marchment scored within the second interval, when a burst by the Stars — swooping in for the end — outshot the Wild 18-5. Max Domi had an empty-netter within the remaining minute.
Oettinger made 22 saves for the Stars, who superior to face the Colorado-Seattle winner. The Avalanche beat the Kraken on Friday to pressure Recreation 7.
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Oettinger was bidding for his second shutout of the sequence earlier than Freddy Gaudreau scored for the Wild with 7:07 left.
“He’s our brick wall again there, and we belief him. Any time we make errors, he’s there for us,” Marchment mentioned. “We wouldn’t be right here with out him.”
Filip Gustavsson, beginning a fourth consecutive sport for the primary time in his first season with Minnesota, stopped 23 photographs in two intervals.
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Marc-Andre Fleury, who was in internet for a 7-3 loss at Dallas in Recreation 2, took over within the third.
The Wild fell to 5-14 on residence ice within the playoffs for the reason that final time they superior, a first-round win over St. Louis in 2015. They’re 4-13 in franchise historical past in postseason sequence.
The Stars misplaced in seven video games within the first spherical to Calgary final 12 months. With middle Joe Pavelski anticipated again for the subsequent spherical after lacking the final 5 video games with a concussion, they’re in place to make one other push for the Stanley Cup Finals they reached within the 2020 pandemic bubble.