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Faksa helps Stars win in Stanley Cup Playoff debut

Rookie forward scores first goal of series against Wild

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars rookie forward Radek Faksa scored the game-winning goal in his Stanley Cup Playoff debut Thursday, a 4-0 victory against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series.

Faksa, who Dallas selected in the first round (No. 13) in the 2012 NHL Draft, opened the scoring on a wrist shot from the slot that beat Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk high over his glove.

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game recap

Benn, Spezza lift Stars to Game 1 win against Wild

Forwards combine for five points, Lehtonen makes 22 saves in shutout victory

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Jamie Benn, Jason Spezza and Patrick Eaves combined for seven points, and Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves to help the Dallas Stars to a 4-0 win against the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center on Thursday in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series.

It was the second Stanley Cup Playoff shutout of Lehtonen's career.

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Situation Room

Coach's Challenge: MIN @ DAL- 14:16 of the 3rd Period

Original call stands - Good goal Dallas Stars

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Situation Room: MIN vs. DAL, Gm1

Situation Room: Eaves' goal stands after challenge

R1, Gm1: The Wild challenge the Stars' goal and the call on the ice stands after a review

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At 14:16 of the third period in the Wild/Stars game, Minnesota requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether a Dallas player interfered with Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk prior to Patrick Eaves' goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line.

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Five Keys: Wild vs. Stars Game 1

Minnesota's ability to neutralize Dallas' speed something to watch

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- The Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars begin their Western Conference First Round series at American Airlines Center on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports 3, FS-N, FS-WI, FS-SW). Here are five keys for Game 1:

1. Pick up the pace: The Stars, whose 267 goals led the NHL, like to play a possession game, go end to end and use their speed to wear down opponents. The Wild allowed 204 goals, fourth-fewest in the Western Conference.

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injury

Stars won't have Seguin for Game 1

Dallas forward likely available to play Game 2 against Wild on Saturday

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Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin will not be in the lineup against the Minnesota Wild for Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round at American Airlines Center on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, FS-N, FS-WI, FS-SW, SN360, TVA Sports 3).

Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Seguin, who continues to recover from a cut to his right Achilles that cost him the final 10 games of the regular season, will likely be available for Game 2 on Saturday.

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Dubnyk stands tall against Niemi, Lehtonen

Wild goalie has slight edge over Stars' tandem

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

Goaltending plays an integral part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs so NHL.com is breaking down the battle between the pipes in each series this season, charting goals to find strengths, weaknesses and targetable tendencies.

The Minnesota Wild are set with Devan Dubnyk; however, between their injuries and the Dallas Stars' firepower, they may need him to repeat the late-season run that made him a Vezina Trophy finalist last season if they are going to win this series.

The Stars are decidedly less settled in goal, with the possibility they may continue a regular-season trend of splitting time between the Finnish tandem of Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi that finished the year with near identical numbers. The suspicion is Dallas will start with Niemi, who won the Stanley Cup in 2010 with the Chicago Blackhawks. But it will be interesting to see whether the Stars switch back and forth, because even though the stats are similar, there are style differences between Niemi and Lehtonen. While the Stars' players should be used to those by now, it could throw off the scouting report of Wild shooters.

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Stars' Seguin could play in Game 1

Dallas forward practiced without restriction Wednesday

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- Forward Tyler Seguin could return to the Dallas Stars lineup for Game 1 of their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series against the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports 3, FS-SW, FS-N, FS-WI).

Seguin was wearing the same green jersey as other players at practice Wednesday. He wore a red no-contact jersey at practice Monday and Tuesday.

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game preview

Stars' Seguin won't play Game 1 against Wild

Dallas forward likely in for Game 2; Minnesota's Parise, Haula, Vanek out with injuries

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 1: WILD at STARS

Western Conference First Round

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, FS-N, FS-WI, FS-SW, SN360, TVA Sports 3

DALLAS -- Forward Tyler Seguin will not play for the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round against the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center on Thursday.

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injury

Injuries sideline Wild's Parise, Vanek

Minnesota forwards won't travel to Dallas; Haula will also miss Game 1

by Dan Myers / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will be without forwards Zach Parise, Thomas Vanek and Erik Haula when they begin the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars. 

Game 1 is at American Airlines Center on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, FS-N, FS-WI, FS-SW, SN360, TVA Sports 3). 

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