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Stars try again to eliminate Wild

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

by Dan Myers / 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.

The Wild, playing on the road, survived a Game 5 when they were badly outshot (41-24), outattempted (93-47), and outhit (35-21). They lost 44 of 77 faceoffs, allowed three goals in the third period, and trailed in the final five minutes of the third period.

Despite all that, they won 5-4 in overtime to push the series to Game 6 at Xcel Energy Center.

What else can Dallas do?

"It's a deflating feeling certainly. Our fans were excited, we were excited, had an opportunity to move on in the playoffs and let it slip away, but that's over with now," Stars forward Patrick Sharp said. "We still have a great opportunity in front of us, that's the way we're looking at it, and we're excited for Game 6."

Now the pressure shifts to the Stars, who must close out the series Sunday to avoid an anything-can-happen Game 7 in Dallas on Tuesday.

The Wild have been good in Game 6s played at home, 4-1 in those situations since 2003. One of those wins closed out the St. Louis Blues in the first round last season. Minnesota followed with wins in Game 7 after every other victory.

The Wild will try to re-create that same magic against Dallas.

"It's going to be rocking," Minnesota forward Jordan Schroeder said. "The fans, they always bring it in the playoffs. It's going to be hard to hear out there. So I'm looking forward to it."

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Stars team scope: First-line center Tyler Seguin did not accompany Dallas to Minnesota and is out for Game 6. The Stars say he is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Seguin missed the final 10 games of the regular season with an Achilles injury and has played only Game 2 in this series. Forward Ales Hemsky did not practice Saturday, but coach Lindy Ruff said it was a maintenance day. Ruff did not announce a starting goaltender but it wouldn't be a surprise if Dallas goes back to Kari Lehtonen, who started the first three games of the series before allowing four goals in a 5-3 loss in Game 3. Antti Niemi started each of the past two games, but gave up five goals on 24 shots in Game 5. "We know that we can go there and win a hockey game. We're confident with the way we've played on the road," Ruff said. "They're going to get some opportunities. They're a good enough team they're going to get some. We're going to get some too, and it's who executes and who defends at the right time."

Wild team scope: Minnesota is expected to go with the same lineup that won Game 5. That means Schroeder, who had a goal in his first NHL playoff game on Friday, will continue to skate on the right side with Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker. "He brought speed, a lot of speed. He pushed them back," coach John Torchetti said of Schroeder. "We pushed the pace pretty well. We did a better job of backing them off. They're still doing a good job with their pushing the pace. For us, we have to make sure we make that adjustment, and ride him a little bit closer." Goaltender Devan Dubnyk will start his sixth straight game after making 37 saves Friday, a career best in the NHL playoffs. Forward Thomas Vanek (lower body), who hasn't played since April 1, practiced again Saturday but will not play.

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