Flames vs. Stars – Game Recap – May 13, 2022

DALLAS — Joe Pavelski and the Dallas Stars skated with urgency in the third period. Otherwise, it could easily have been their last of the season.

Miro Heiskanen scored the decisive goal late in the second period and the Stars recovered after blowing a two-goal lead, beating the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Friday night to force a decisive seventh game in their first-round series. of the Western Conference. .

“The message was that we have to have a good third. We didn’t always have good thirds sometimes with the lead, and we kind of wanted to try to change that,” Pavelski said. “The other night they came out hard in third and we didn’t handle it well enough. And tonight was one of those situations where I think everyone bought into it. We have taken a step in the right direction to do so.

Calgary was in position to shut down the Stars after a 3-1 win at home in Game 5 on Wednesday night, when the Pacific Division champions scored all of their third period goals.

This series instead returns to the Saddledome for a deciding Game 7 on Sunday night.

“A hell of a game. We couldn’t tie,” said a rather terse Calgary coach, Darryl Sutter.

The first goal of these playoffs for Heiskanen came on a 40-foot shot with a bunch of traffic past Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom. That came with 2:28 left in the second period, during which both teams scored twice.

With their season on the line, the Stars didn’t give up in the third period.

“We went after them instead of sitting down. … It was one of our best third periods of the year, and it was very timely,” said Michael Raffl.

“It was NHL playoff hockey at its best. It was a great hockey game,” coach Rick Bowness said. “Both teams, both goalkeepers, were great.

Calgary will host a Game 7 for the first time since 2006, when it lost its first-round series to Anaheim. This is the third straight playoff series the Stars will play in a Game 7 – they beat Colorado in the second round in Canada’s NHL bubble two seasons ago, and lost to St. Louis in a series of second lap that went the full distance in 2019.

“We have a confident group,” Pavelski said. “Every match was close, competitive and fun to play.”

Roope Hintz and Raffl also scored for Dallas, and Tyler Seguin added an empty net in the final minute. Jake Oettinger, their 23-year-old goaltender who had never started a playoff game before this series, stopped 36 shots.

Markstrom also made 36 saves.

Calgary tied the game at 2 with 8:01 left in the second period on a goal by Mikael Backlund, which came 1 second after the end of what officially unfolded as another unsuccessful power play in this series then that both teams struggled with one man advantage.

It made the Flames 0 for 2 on the power play in the game, to tie Dallas at 2 for 21 in the series.

The Stars went 2 for 22 midway through the third period when Joe Pavelski fired a nearly point-blank shot that ricocheted off Markstrom’s skate who was on the line.

Backlund’s third goal of the series came on a slapshot that Oettinger deflected before it bounced off Heiskanen and into the net. It was about four minutes after Johnny Gaudreau’s clever pass to Michael Stone for the easy tip.

“They take two and we go back up. It’s a close game, but I would say that 3-2 goal late in the second was tough,” Flames center Elias Lindholm said. “Obviously we’d like to win this game, but it’s a new day tomorrow and a game on Sunday, and that’s why we fought so hard all year to have the ice at home in Game 7.”

The Stars had a 2-0 lead about six minutes into the second period when Raffl completed a wild game in front of the net.

Joel Kiviranta was trying to follow his own shot, even hitting his back after going over the net, while two skaters from Calgary and Markstrom all fell to the ice. Defenseman Christopher Tanev was one of those down and tried to fend off the puck with his hand before Raffl could shove it just inside the post.

Hintz scored his second goal of the series with 5:08 left in the first period, just after Oettinger withstood a flurry of shots at the other end.

Matthew Tkachuk and Gaudreau, both 100-point and 40-goal scorers in the regular season, fired back-to-back quick shots that caused Oettinger to rush and dive into the slot.

Once the Stars had the puck the other way, Pavelski had a back pass for Hintz, who sent a quick wrist shot under Markstrom’s legs.

Tkachuk fired a knee backhand early in the first period that ricocheted off the post.

GAME HISTORY 7

Calgary is 5-7 in Game 7 but has lost six of the last seven it has played. The Flames’ only Game 7 victory since 1990 was in the first round against Vancouver in 2004, before they advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals and lost to Tampa Bay in Game 7.

Dallas is 6-8, including a Game 7 victory over Colorado in the second round of the 2020 playoffs, when the Stars played in the Stanley Cup Final in the playoffs played in a bubble in Canada because of of the pandemic.

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