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Stars open playoffs with 4-0 win over Wild

  • Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon (46) and Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) skate for the puck during the first period of Game 1 in a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon (46) and Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) skate for the puck during the first period of Game 1 in a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) and defenseman Ryan Suter (20) defend the goal against Dallas Stars center Vernon Fiddler (38) during the first period of Game 1 in a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) and defenseman Ryan Suter (20) defend the goal against Dallas Stars center Vernon Fiddler (38) during the first period of Game 1 in a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) is knocked off his feet by Dallas Stars center Mattias Janmark (13) as Wild defenseman Nate Prosser (39) and Stars center Vernon Fiddler (38) watch during the first period of Game 1 in a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) is knocked off his feet by Dallas Stars center Mattias Janmark (13) as Wild defenseman Nate Prosser (39) and Stars center Vernon Fiddler (38) watch during the first period of Game 1 in a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)  (The Associated Press)

Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists and the Dallas Stars beat the Minnesota Wild 4-0 in their first-round opener Thursday night.

Jason Spezza returned to the postseason with a nifty goal and added an assist and Kari Lehtonen stopped 22 shots for his second career playoff shutout.

Dallas, the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, led 2-0 when Spezza was skating along the right side and initially faked a slap shot with just over 8 minutes left in the second period.

After skating a few more feet to near the center of the faceoff circle, he took a wrist shot and sent the puck in the upper right corner of the net.

Spezza was playing in his 57th playoff game, but first in two seasons with the Stars — and his first overall since 2013 with Ottawa.

Game 2 is Saturday night in Dallas.