NHL

Stars escape with 5-4 win, eliminate Wild after big rally

  • Dallas Stars center Jason Spezza (90) scores on Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk past Stars teammate Mattias Janmark (13) during the first period of Game 6 in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Dallas Stars center Jason Spezza (90) scores on Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk past Stars teammate Mattias Janmark (13) during the first period of Game 6 in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp (10)  watches as a shot by Stars defenseman John Klingberg gets past Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) for a goal during the first period of Game 6 in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp (10) watches as a shot by Stars defenseman John Klingberg gets past Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) for a goal during the first period of Game 6 in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp, center, celebrates with teammates  Cody Eakin (20) and Jamie Benn (14) after scoring on Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk during the first period of Game 6 in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp, center, celebrates with teammates Cody Eakin (20) and Jamie Benn (14) after scoring on Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk during the first period of Game 6 in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

Jason Spezza scored his fourth goal of the series and added three assists, and goalie Kari Lehtonen and the Dallas Stars needed every last one of them to hold off the Minnesota Wild 5-4 on Sunday to wrap up the first-round series in six games.

Jared Spuregon scored two of Minnesota's four third-period goals and the Wild came within a fraction of an inch of tying it with 34 seconds remaining when Nino Niederreiter whacked at a loose puck in the crease. Freeze-frame replays showed it in the net, but not quite fully across the goal line as it connected with Lehtonen's right pad, an oh-so-close call that was upheld by review.

The Stars moved on to face the winner of the Chicago-St. Louis series, which is tied at 3. The Blues host the Blackhawks in their decisive Game 7 on Monday night.