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Controversial goal helps Stars edge Wild in Game 2

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Referee Brad Meier signals for a Dallas Stars goal against the Minnesota Wild after a review in the second period in Game Two. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Controversial goal helps Stars edge Wild in Game 2

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Antoine Roussel gave Dallas a 1-0 lead as the puck directed off his skate, off the back of Dubnyk and into the net.

During his postgame media availability Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk was still fuming over Antoine Roussel’s second period goal.

The Stars forward gave Dallas a 1-0 lead 3:54 into the middle frame as the puck directed off his skate, off the back of Dubnyk and into the net.

The goal was initially waved off, but after officials conferred with Toronto, it was ruled a good goal.

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The goal helped the Stars to a 2-1 win, and more importantly a 2-0 lead in the series.

“I think everybody saw it, I just don’t know how it counts,” said Dubnyk, who made 26 saves in the loss. “It’s disappointing that’s a call you get in a playoff hockey game. Puck’s kicked, the ref waves it off and somehow they come up with evidence that the puck was in the net. It shouldn’t even matter. That’s what blows my mind. It’s crazy how long they were looking at the replay. Puck is kicked, it’s over.

“That’s tough. It’s tough in playoffs. It’s disappointing.”

For his part, Roussel felt he pulled a move out of Sidney Crosby’s playbook.

“I was trying to kick it back on my stick and just perfect,” he said. “It looked like a Crosby goal or something."

The NHL released the following explanation of the video review:

Video review determined that the puck crossed the Minnesota goal line in a legal fashion prior to the net being displaced. According to Rule 78.4 "The goal frame shall be considered in its proper position when at least a portion of the flexible peg(s) are still inside both the goal post and the hole in the ice". Good goal Dallas.

"It's what they call back in Toronto. If it's a goal, it's a goal," said Wild coach John Torchetti. Got to move on."

Jamie Benn’s breakaway goal with 9:37 remaining in the third was the game-winner. Marco Scandella had the lone goal for the Wild.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 shots in the win.

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Controversial goal helps Stars edge Wild in Game 2