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.
After falling behind 4-0 through two periods, Minnesota staged a ferocious comeback, scoring three goals in the first 8:39 of the third period.
Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon scored two power-play goals, sandwiched around a goal by Jonas Brodin, to get Minnesota within 4-3 with more than a half a period remaining.
That's when the bad luck struck.
First, Wild forward Jason Zucker wasn't able to capitalize on a turnover by Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who flipped the puck out of his crease right to Zucker standing alone on the doorstep. Zucker had an open net but couldn't calm a rolling puck and the chance went by the wayside.
Video: DAL@MIN, Gm6: Goligoski puts away bouncing puck
Moments later, Dallas defenseman Alex Goligoski flipped a harmless-looking shot from the left circle towards Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk. The puck hit traffic and bounced into the air, where Dubnyk lost sight of it. It landed in his skates, and despite a diving effort by Charlie Coyle to clear it from the crease, Dubnyk swept the puck into his own net.
Minnesota's Jason Pominville scored on a rebound with 4:47 left, which made Goligoski's goal the game-winner.
"It's tough to sit on a bounce like that when we're mounting the effort we were in the third period," Dubnyk said. "It doesn't feel right to lose the game on a goal like that. But that's the way it is."
Goligoski scored two goals in the series; each came on a deflection in front.
Video: MIN@DAL, Gm5: Goligoski's shot finds the net for lead
In Game 5, his shot from nearly the exact same location deflected off Marco Scandella's backside, off Nate Prosser's glove and over Dubnyk's shoulder.
"It seemed like at least one every game. I guess that's why you throw pucks to the net," Dubnyk said. "But that was a tough time to get a bounce like that. That makes you feel sick to have to lose a game and a series on a bouncer like that."
In Game 2, Stars forward Antoine Roussel kicked a puck from behind the net, over the goal and off the back of Dubnyk's mask. The puck rolled down his back and somehow snuck between his shoulder and the crossbar before the net came off its moorings.
"I'd rather be lucky than good, because that happens a lot," Wild coach John Torchetti said. They're a great shot-attempt team, and they're committed to that. That's something moving forward for our team, we need way more commitment to that, and that net-front presence we've been talking about for however long I've been here. That's the difference."