DALLAS — Jake Oettinger blocked 36 shots and the Dallas Stars finished the game by beating the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Friday night.
Oettinger again delivered a top performance for the stars and kept it strong in the third third. He hasn’t conceded more than three goals in six games since the start of that streak.
The Stars drew 3-3 with Game 7 taking place in Calgary on Sunday night.
Roope Hintz and Michael Raffl both had a goal and an assist for the Dallas team. Miro Heiskanen and Tyler Seguin, in an empty net, completed the goal.
Michael Stone had a goal and an assist for his first two points of the series. Mikael Backlund is the only other Flames player to have defeated Oettinger.
Jacob Markstrom also made some important saves, but this time he lost his duel against his opponent. The Swede also held 36 pucks.
The Flames went into the first period with a knife between their teeth and the Stars weathered the storm to open scoring.
Defender Oliver Kylington attempted a clear but his racquet broke. The Stars counterattack began and Joe Pavelski ceded the puck to Hintz, who eluded Markstrom’s vigilance between the pads. The Flames goalie didn’t seem focused on the streak.
Kylington was back in the thick of things, but this time in the second third. He lost his one-on-one fight in the center of Flames territory and Joel Kiviranta was able to land two shots at Markstrom. It was Raffl who finally hit the mark in the second wave.
However, the Flames rolled up their sleeves and scored two goals in under four minutes. During a three-for-one climb, Johnny Gaudreau was patient and waited until the last moment before passing the disc to Stone, who closed the gap. Stone then got an assist while setting up Backlund’s goal, which Oettinger struck with a one-timer from the right circle.
The Stars retook the lead before the end of the second period. Radek Faksa passed the puck to Heiskanen at the pivot point. The Finnish defender hit the brakes to bring Matthew Tkachuk down and fired off a wrist shot that Markstrom couldn’t stop.
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