The short holiday break proved to be prominent early on as both teams seemed to just be shaking out their legs, and getting into the flow of things through the early parts of the first. So a somewhat slower first period of play, where we saw each side just trying to control the puck and get some movement going.
Devin Shore gets a shot on but it is blocked away by Alex Stalock, and it was Esa Lindell finding the puck. He was able to get it over to Tyler Seguin in the slot and Seguin puts it away to take the 1-0 lead. Nice vision by Lindell to find Seguin down low and get it over to him through the defense.
Esa with the vision, Seguin with the finish. pic.twitter.com/epYDfLHO9y— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 28, 2017
The last minute of play in the first period and the Wild able to knot the game up at one. Ben Bishop makes the save from a Minnesota shot, yet cant corral the puck or send it to the boards and it gets away from him. Out to the open side of the net and the Wild put it in for the equalizer, 1-1. A Minnesota penalty shortly after, with about 30 seconds left to go, gives the Stars the first power-play of the evening taking a majority of it with them into the second.
Minnesota kills off the penalty and so they were still all tied up at 1. But an attempted pass from the Wild hits off Greg Pateryn’s skate while defending the rush and it goes in right in past Bishop. The Minnesota Wild gain the lead 2-1 five minutes into the middle frame.
The Wild obtain a slashing penalty giving Dallas another shot to extend the Stars little three game power-play goal streak. And luckily that streak will continue as 10 seconds into the penalty Mattias Janmark gets the rebound off the boards and pops it right in to tie the game up at two a piece. With that goal Jamie Benn gets the assist and enters 2nd place in career points in Dallas Stars History with 550 points, Behind only the illustrious Mike Modano.
With the apple on Janmark's Power Play goal, Jamie Benn now sits in second place in career points as a Dallas Stars. pic.twitter.com/6xUcKCXzOV— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 28, 2017
Yet the Wild had the same idea, as Devin Shore gets the tripping call and Minnesota scores within 10 seconds of their penalty. With seven minutes to go and Minnesota’s first power-play of the night they take the lead back from the Stars, and its 3-2.
Dallas gets back on the power-play with 3:34 left in the second looking to strike as quick as before. Although, with 24 seconds left in the penalty, the Stars get caught on an odd man rush and so Martin Hanzal goes to save the possible goal but gets called for hooking. The Stars are able to kill off the penalty but late into the second Dallas finds themselves with a quick scare. Jared Spurgeon scores a goal in the final seconds but luckily for Dallas time indeed had expired and its a no goal.
Heading into the third period and for a majority of the period the Stars trailed Minnesota 3-2. It became a period of chances but not being able to cash anything in, even with the early penalty. The Stars found themselves with a 1:20 remaining of play, Bishop heading off the ice for the extra man, and then an empty netter for Minnesota to finish off the Stars 4-2.
Dallas has a six game home stand coming up, so check out the Stars schedule and make your way down to AAC starting with the first game on 12/29 and the last of the homestand on 1/13. For now Dallas will kick things off in a couple days against the St. Louis Blues on Friday at 7:30 PM CST.