National Hockey League
Minnesota 5, Dallas 1
When: 9:30 PM ET, Friday, April 21, 2023
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Referees: Gord Dwyer, Jon McIsaac
Linesmen: Bryan Pancich, Andrew Smith
Attendance: 19309

Mats Zuccarello scored twice and Ryan Hartman added a goal and two assists to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 5-1 win over the Dallas Stars in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series on Friday in Saint Paul, Minn.

Marcus Johansson and Marcus Foligno also scored for the Wild, who rebounded from a 7-3 shellacking in Game 2 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

John Klingberg added two assists for the Wild, who are two wins away from advancing past the first round in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 2014-15 season. Filip Gustavsson made 23 saves for Minnesota.

Luke Glendening scored for the Stars, who will look to even the series in Game 4 on Sunday in Saint Paul before the series shifts to Dallas for Game 5 on Tuesday. Jake Oettinger finished with 20 saves.

With Minnesota leading 3-1 entering the third period, Zuccarello secured the win when he scored on a breakaway off assists from Hartman and Klingberg with 5:53 left in the game.

Hartman added an empty-net goal off an assist from Jake Middleton with 1:50 remaining.

The Wild took a 1-0 lead with 3:15 left in the first period. Klingberg ripped a shot from the wing that deflected off a defender's skate to Hartman, who centered the puck to Zuccarello for a backhander past Oettinger.

The Wild doubled their edge a little more than two minutes into the second period. After taking a pass from Matt Boldy, Johansson beat defender Colin Miller before wristing a shot past Oettinger.

The Stars cut the deficit in half 11 seconds later, when Glendening lifted a loose puck in front of the goal past Gustavsson. Joel Kiviranta and Radek Faksa were credited with assists.

The Wild extended their advantage on the power play at the 11:24 mark of the middle period. After getting a pass from Jared Spurgeon, Gustav Nyquist blasted a shot from the point that Foligno deflected with a raised stick past Oettinger.

Though the goal was initially waved off because Foligno's stick was ruled above the crossbar when it contacted the puck, the call was overturned on replay.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Dallas   Minnesota
Luke Glendening 1 Points Ryan Hartman 3
Luke Glendening 1 Goals Mats Zuccarello 2
Radek Faksa 1 Assists Ryan Hartman 2
N/A Power Play Goals Marcus Foligno 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jake Oettinger .833 Save Percentage Filip Gustavsson .958
Jake Oettinger 20 Saves Filip Gustavsson 23
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Dallas 24 1 0-2 3-4 12 37
Minnesota 25 5 1-4 2-2 8 22
Upcoming Games
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Wild have a W/L % of .574 after a win and .543 after a loss.
  • Dallas will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Stars have a W/L % of .522 after a win and .639 after a loss.