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Dallas Stars defeat the Calgary Flames 4-2 to force a 7 game in the playoff series

Dallas Stars defeat Calgary Flames 4-2 to force a seventh game in the playoff series.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Dallas Stars defeated the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Friday to even the series and force a Game 7.
  • In front of an American Airlines Center crowd of 18,532, the Stars’ Jake Oettinger and the Flames’ Jacob Markstrom combined for 36 saves.
  • Calgary failed to clear the ball after Markstrom’s pad stop on Hintz, allowing the Stars to cycle the puck up to Heiskanen.

On Friday, the Dallas Stars beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 to even the series and force a Game 7.

The Stars’ game-winning goal came late in the second period from defenceman Miro Heiskanen, who will try to shut out the conference quarterfinal on the road in Calgary on Sunday.

Dallas also got goals from Roope Hintz and Michael Raffl, as well as an empty-net goal from Tyler Seguin.

Jake Oettinger of the Stars and Jacob Markstrom of the Flames made 36 saves in front of an American Airlines Center crowd of 18,532.

Michael Stone had a goal and an assist for Calgary, while Mikael Backlund scored.

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According to NHL statisticians, teams that tie a series 3-3 to force a Game 7 have an overall series record of 88-96.

With less than a minute left in the game, the Flames couldn’t get enough offensive zone pressure to pull Markstrom for an extra attacker.

Hintz transferred the puck to Seguin for his second goal of the game instead of shooting into the empty net.

The Flames tied the game at 12 minutes after falling behind 2-0 early in the second period, but Heiskanen restored the Stars a 3-2 lead heading into the third.

Following Markstrom’s pad save on Hintz, Calgary failed to clear the puck, allowing the Stars to cycle the puck up to Heiskanen.

At 17:32, the Stars’ defenseman guided a shot from the high center slot through traffic and past Markstrom.

Backlund’s sharp-angled shot went off Oettinger and Heskainen and into the net a split second after a Stars penalty expired, giving him his third goal of the series.

Dallas Stars defeat Calgary Flames 4-2 to force a seventh game in the playoff series.
Dallas Stars defeat Calgary Flames 4-2 to force a seventh game in the playoff series. Image from CBC News

On a cross-ice assist from Johnny Gaudreau, Stone cut the score at 8:09 off the rush. For Game 4, Stone was brought into the lineup after Flames head coach Darryl Sutter decided to go with 7 defensemen and 11 forwards.

At 6:04, Joel Kiravanta fought off Oliver Kylington of Calgary to get a shot on Markstrom, while Raffl dove to push the rebound in for a 2-0 lead.

Chris Tanev of the Flames did not play in the third period.

After an open-ice check by Calgary defenceman Nikita Zadorov early in the second period, Stars forward Luke Glendening went to the locker room. He never came back to the ice.

In the first period, the Flames had prolonged offensive-zone time and an 18-10 shot advantage, but the Stars took a 1-0 lead.

The puck was bent over in the neutral zone after a blocked clearing effort by Calgary. At 14:52, Hintz wired Joe Pavelski’s drop pass past Markstrom from a tight angle, clearing Flames defenceman Erik Gudbrandson to create a shooting lane for his linemate.

Oettinger had just stoned Matthew Tkachuk and then Gaudreau from close range seconds before.

Source: Global News

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