Pavelski scores 2 points as Stars leads 2-1 in series against Flames

Dallas – The veteran goalscorer and young goalie gave underdog Dallas Stars the lead in their first-round playoff series against the Calgary Flames.

Joe Pavelski scored twice and set the game on the first power play goal of the series for Dallas, and Jake Oettinger had 39 saves as the wildcard stars won 4-2 on Saturday night to maintain a 2-1 lead in the Series to take over the Pacific Division Champions who have three 40-goal scorers.

Two nights after 29 saves in a 2-0 win in Calgary that leveled the series, Oettinger, 23, clinched his second playoff win in his first playoff game on home ice — and the first for the Stars in more than three Years. That included a tremendous stop on a Johnny Gaudreau breakaway with 3 1/2 minutes to go.

“It’s a big timely save,” said coach Rick Bowness. “Jake is doing fantastic. He’s just rock solid back there and not intimidated by the environment and the noise.”


The Stars were 0 for 10 with an extra skater in the series, although one of those powerplays had previously occurred in Game 3 for just 4 seconds 37-year-old Pavelski scored the decisive goal with 9:55 made it 3:2.

Pavelski had made a cross pass to Vladislav Namestnikov, who then deflected a shot that ricocheted off goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom. The puck was smashed in by Pavelski, whose 64 goals in the postseason is the most by an American-born skater.

“It’s big. It’s another step,” said Pavelski, who also had the game winner in Game 2, of the 2-1 lead in the series. “There’s a lot of effort from the top and bottom of the lineup. Lots of physicality. Guys handing in, taking checks, playing games.”

Like Oettinger, it was Pavelski’s first home playoff game at the American Airlines Center. His first season with the Stars in 2019-20 ended with them making it to the Stanley Cup Finals as the entire postseason was played in a bubble in Canada due to the pandemic.


Game 4 takes place in Dallas on Monday night before the series returns to Calgary for Game 5 on Wednesday.

“Our group still feels very good. We’re really confident in our overall abilities,” said Calgary veteran center Blake Coleman, who played his first playoff game in Dallas, about half an hour from where he was born in Plano, Texas. “We win a game and have home ice back. That was our goal here. In our room there is no panic.”

Radek Faksa scored the first goal for Dallas, and Roope Hintz added a blank just before the final horn. Miro Heiskanen had two assists for the Stars, who also finished with a 44-23 lead on hits.

Elias Lindholm and Trevor Lewis had goals for Calgary.

After trading shutouts and scoring just three goals in the two games in Calgary, the teams had another physical and competitive game. Matthew Tkachuk and John Klingberg fought just 1:22 in the game, trading shots and scoring 5-minute majors when Oettinger saved Gaudreau’s wrist with a glove on Calgary’s first shot.


Pavelski’s first goal of the game made it 2 about halfway through the second period when he buttoned Heiskanen’s shot, which ricocheted off Markstrom. That came just seconds after Markstrom tipped off a shot from Heiskanen, though the Stars were able to keep possession alive.

Markstrom stopped 28 shots.

Faksa gave the Stars a 1-0 lead after about 8 1/2 minutes when he used his racquet to deflect a shot from Esa Lindell onto a pass from Heiskanen right after a faceoff.

Just before that, Faksa was leveled in front of the net by Noah Hanifan before Markstrom could control the puck after a shot from Heiskanen.

Calgary equalized 1-1 on a goal that Bowness thought was due to goalkeeper interference, with Oettinger on his side following a contact with Milan Lucic. Dallas lost the replay challenge.


It appeared that Lucic, who was engaged to Tyler Seguin, was trying to avoid the Dallas goalie. Contact was just outside the crease and Lucic was able to slide the puck forward where it was smashed in by Lewis.

The Flames took a 2-1 lead when Lindholm scored from just inside the circle early in the second period.

“Fought hard. Tight games,” said Calgary coach Darryl Sutter. “You have to play the whole game. We knew they would come out.”


Klingberg conceded a misconduct late in the first period in Game 1 of the series while Tkachuk was in contention with Michael Raffl. Klingberg also received a gross penalty in Game 2 and later added an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in Game 3. He has 26 penalty minutes in the streak, after 34 penalty minutes in 74 regular-season games. … Oettinger had stopped 57 straight shots over a period of nearly 129 minutes, ending the seventh-longest post-season goalless streak ever scored by a Stars goalkeeper. … There were a total of 45 penalties and 124 penalty minutes in the three games.



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