The Calgary Flames found themselves in a position to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in seven years. However, they needed to beat a stingy Dallas Stars team and you already know how it went.
The first period was a back and forth affair. Both teams were testing the waters and despite playing a primarily defensive game, traded chances. The Stars got on the board first though, as Roope Hintz beat Jacob Markstrom five-hole on a nice shot off the wing.
In the second period, the Stars doubled their lead off a hard working play from Joel Kiviranta who crashed the net and allowed Michael Raffl to slide the puck behind Markstrom. It was not a good showing for the Flames in the second period, but they did manage to score two goals of their own to tie the game.
Michael Stone scored on a two-on-one off a nice pass from Johnny Gaudreau. Shortly afterwards, Mikael Backlund‘s shot was deflected in front of the net and wound up behind Jake Oettinger.
However, the Stars regained the lead on a beautiful blueline play from Miro Heiskanen. And that’s all she wrote.
The Flames tried to push back in the third but got almost nothing going. The Stars were the better team for the final 40 minutes in full, and iced the game on a Tyler Seguin empty-netter.
The series will go seven games and the Flames will look to close it out at home on Sunday night.
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