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Stars double up on Flames 4-2 to force playoff series to Game 7


DALLAS – The Dallas Stars doubled the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Friday to tie their playoff series and force a Game 7.

Defenseman Miro Heiskanen’s goal late in the second period became the game-winning goal for the Stars, who will look to wrap up the conference quarterfinal on the road on Sunday in Calgary.

Roope Hintz and Michael Raffl also scored for Dallas with Tyler Seguin adding an empty net goal.

All-Star guard Jake Oettinger and his Flames counterpart Jacob Markstrom both made 36 saves ahead of a sale of 18,532 at the American Airlines Center.

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

Teams tying a 3-3 series to force a Game 7 have an all-time series record of 88-96, according to NHL statisticians.

The Flames couldn’t get sustained offensive zone pressure to fire Markstrom for an extra forward until there was less than a minute left in the game.

Instead of shooting into the empty net for his second of the game, Hintz passed the puck to Seguin for the goal.

Trailing 2-0 early in the second period, the Flames equalized in the 12th minute, but Heiskanen gave the Stars a 3-2 lead heading into the third period.

Calgary didn’t clear the puck after Markstrom’s save on Hintz allowed the Stars to pass the puck to Heiskanen.

The Stars defenseman sent a shot from the center slot through traffic and through Markstrom at 5:32.

A second after a Stars penalty expired, Backlund’s sharp-angled shot was deflected by Oettinger and Heskainen and into the net for Backlund’s third in the series.

Stone cut the deficit in half at 8:09 with the run on a cross pass from Johnny Gaudreau. Stone was inserted into the roster for Game 4 as Flames head coach Darryl Sutter opted to go with seven defensemen and 11 forwards.

The hosts were leading 2-0 at 6:04 when Joel Kiravanta fought off Calgary’s Oliver Kylington to get a shot on Markstrom, and Raffl dove to drive the rebound.

Flames defenseman Chris Tanev did not play the third period.

Stars forward Luke Glendening headed for the locker room following an open hit from Calgary defenseman Nikita Zadorov early in the second period. He did not return to the ice.

The quick puck cycle in the opening period gave the Flames sustained offensive zone time and an 18-10 advantage in shooting, but the Stars emerged from the opening period with a 1-0 lead. .

Calgary’s blocked punt attempt returned the puck to the neutral zone. Hintz wired Joe Pavelski’s pass from a sharp angle past Markstrom at 14:52 as Pavelski cleared Flames defenseman Erik Gudbrandson to open up a shooting lane for his teammate.

Seconds earlier, Oettinger stoned Matthew Tkachuk and then Gaudreau from close range.

Notes: The Flames are 6-8 all-time in Game 7, while the Stars are 5-7. . . The Stars franchise (including the Minnesota North Stars) forced a Game 7 after leading a series eight times and winning three.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 13, 2022.

Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press




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