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Dallas 3, Nashville 2
When: 9:30 PM ET, Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Referees: Dan O'Rourke, Tim Peel
Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Brian Murphy
Attendance: 17458

Rookie Miro Heiskanen scored twice, and Mats Zuccarello notched the game-winner midway through the third period as the visiting Dallas Stars upset the Nashville Predators 3-2 in the opening clash of their first-round Western Conference playoff series Wednesday night.

Dallas goalie Ben Bishop made 30 saves to hang on for the win over the Central Division champions.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series will be Saturday in Nashville.

Heiskanen, a 2017 first-round draft choice who netted 12 goals and 33 points in the regular season, scored on the power play at 12:37 of the second period to erase a 1-0 deficit. Moments after Roope Hintz was denied on a golden chance off the rush, Heiskanen sent a point shot that ricocheted off Predators defender Mattias Ekholm and into the net to make it a 1-1 game.

Heiskanen, 19, became the youngest defenseman in franchise history to score a playoff goal and then did it again at 6:10 of the third period to put his team ahead for good with another seeing-eye point shot.

Zuccarello then scored with 9:21 remaining in the third period for the Stars, who reached the playoffs with a wild-card berth. Jamie Benn created a turnover in his own zone to get the puck up the ice and another on the forecheck before the puck eventually made it to the point. Ben Lovejoy's long shot was stopped, but Zuccarello pounced on the rebound.

Both Nashville goals came from defensemen, which shouldn't be a big surprise considering how much impact the team's blue-liners have on the offensive attack.

Captain Roman Josi opened the scoring at the 12:12 mark of the first period with a lovely backhand from the slot. P.K. Subban netted a highlight-reel goal to make it a 3-2 game with 6:36 remaining in regulation and give Nashville new life, but the hosts couldn't find the equalizer during their late push.

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 26 shots in the loss.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Dallas   Nashville
Miro Heiskanen 2 Points Roman Josi 1
Miro Heiskanen 1 Goals Roman Josi 1
Miro Heiskanen 1 Assists Nick Bonino 1
Miro Heiskanen 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ben Bishop .938 Save Percentage Pekka Rinne .897
Ben Bishop 30 Saves Pekka Rinne 26
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Dallas 29 3 1-3 4-4 10 20
Nashville 32 2 0-4 2-3 8 33
Upcoming Games
  • Nashville will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Predators have a W/L % of .596 after a win and .543 after a loss.
  • Dallas will play their next game on the road against Nashville. The Stars have a W/L % of .476 after a win and .575 after a loss.