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Round 1, Gm 6: Stars at Wild

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Five reasons the Stars advanced

Benn, Spezza, timely power play helped Dallas reach second round for first time since 2008

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

The Dallas Stars won their first playoff series since 2008 by eliminating the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference First Round in six games. Dallas defeated Minnesota 5-4 in Game 6 at Xcel Energy Center and will face the winner of the Chicago Blackhawks-St. Louis Blues series.

Here are five reasons the Stars advanced to the second round:

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Bounces go against Wild again in Game 6

Series-clinching goal latest example of bad puck luck in series against Dallas

by Dan Myers / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- If it wasn't for bad luck, the Minnesota Wild might not have any luck at all.

For the third time in their Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars, the Wild were on the wrong end of a bad bounce in a 5-4 series-clinching Game 6 loss at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday.

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Veterans lead Stars to Game 6 win against Wild

Experience of Benn, Spezza, Sharp prove vital in clincher, throughout series vs. Minnesota

by Dan Myers / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- With the momentum on the side of the Minnesota Wild, the Dallas Stars leaned on their veterans in Game 6 of their Western Conference First Round series at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday.

Dallas' veterans came through, scoring four goals in the first two periods and another in the third, as the Stars held off the surging Wild with a 5-4 series-clinching victory.

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game recap

Stars survive rally to win Game 6, eliminate Wild

Minnesota gets four third-period goals but can't catch Dallas

by Dan Myers / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- For 40 minutes, the Dallas Stars appeared poised to coast into the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with an easy Game 6 win against the Minnesota Wild.

Then the third period happened.

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Situation Room

Video Review: DAL @ MIN - 19:26 of the Third Period

Puck did not completely cross Dallas goal line; no goal Minnesota

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Situation Room: DAL vs. MIN, Gm6

Situation Room: Niederreiter's shot stands as no goal

R1, Gm6: The referees review Nino Niederreiter's shot on the line in the final minute of regulation, and the call stands as no goal

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At 19:26 of the third period in the Stars/Wild game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Dallas net. Video review confirmed that Nino Niederreiter's shot did not completely cross the Dallas goal line. No goal Minnesota.

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Wild hold moment of silence for Prince before Game 6

Minnesota-born music icon died Thursday

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild held a moment of silence for Prince before Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round against the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

Playing at home for the first time since the music icon died Thursday at age 57 in his Paisley Park home and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minn., about a 30 minute drive west of Xcel Energy Center, the Wild also warmed up with Prince's 1982 hit "1999" playing in the arena. 

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Five keys for Wild vs. Stars, Game 6

Minnesota needs Dubnyk to step up; Dallas hopes to get Sharp impact

by Dan Myers / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild will play Game 6 of their Western Conference First Round series at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports). The Stars lead the best-of-7 series 3-2.

Here are five keys for Game 5:

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Stars' Lehtonen awaits call in Game 6

Goalie ready if he gets start over Niemi against Wild

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- The last time the Dallas Stars lost a playoff game, they switched goaltenders.

After their latest loss, the question is, will they do it again?

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Granlund thriving on wing for Wild

Forward's physical play key entering Game 6 against Stars

by Dan Myers / NHL Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild may have found something in new left wing Mikael Granlund.

Granlund has predominantly played center in his four NHL seasons. But without some of the defensive responsibilities that centers have in Minnesota's system, he has flourished since being moved to the wing before Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars.

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game preview

Stars try again to eliminate Wild

Dallas may change goalies after losing Game 5 in OT at home

by Dan Myers / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 6: STARS at WILD

Western Conference First Round

Dallas leads best-of-7 series 3-2

TV: 3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports

The Minnesota Wild won't go quietly in their Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars.

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