Saturday, April 16, 2016

Roussel's Strange Goal Spearheads Stars' Game Two Victory over Wild

File under: Lucky as all friggin hell.

Also file under: Playoff game-winner for Antoine Roussel. And: Enough to get the Dallas Stars' President Jim Lites' heart racing:

However you slice it, this random act of goal-kickery was the springboard to Dallas' 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. It was originally ruled no goal on the ice, but after video review, the call was overturned.

Antoine Roussel, who was thrilled to earn the first playoff goal of his career, had the following to say about it:

Which prompted Mike Modano, scorer of 58 playoff goals, to tweet the following:

In other words, all is well in the world of the Dallas Stars. They head home with a 2-0 series lead over the Dallas Stars, and they have Tyler Seguin back as well. Seguin, the NHL's 10th-best goal scorer this season (33), played for the first time since March 17th after lacerating his achilles tendon in a freak accident when he was cut by an opponent's skate. He played 15:40 and had one shot on goal. Not typical Seguin numbers but he came, he skated and he'll be better for it in game three.

It all left Stars' coach Lindy Ruff pleased, after his team outscored the Wild 6-1 on the road.

"I think we're playing smarter hockey away from the puck," Ruff said. "It's what you need to do to win a game 2-1. We've come a long way, and we're playing the right way."

As far as Roussel's goal, Ruff thought it was a bit of payback for lots of hard work done by the 26-year-old Frenchman. "He's just going out and trying to work as hard as he possibly can," Ruff said, according to Michael Florek of "He doesn't change his game. He's hounding pucks. I think in some way he got rewarded for all the work he's done."