The Dallas Stars brought the effort tonight but Calgary wanted to win the game even more. The Calgary Flames beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 as Dallas finishes their final road trip 0-3 and now needs prayers answered from the hockey gods to get into the playoffs. Here is what happened against the Calgary Flames in the Saddledome Thursday night.
Dallas Stars vs Calgary Flames: 1st period recap
Jamie Benn tried to enter Calgary’s zone but was cut off by one of the Flames. Stars have been changing their lines very frequently in the opening minutes of the 1st. Jake Oettinger would make an amazing save to keep the game scoreless.
Lindholm would give the Stars the first power play of the game for cross-checking Roope Hintz. Stars turned it over and Calgary’s short-handed opportunity would be gloved by Oettinger. Roope Hintz would trip up someone and we would have 4-on-4 hockey for 63 seconds.
Ryan Suter would trip up Calle Jarnkrok and force a rare 4-on-3 power play for Calgary. Their first shot on the power play would ding off the post. All the penalties would be killed and no team tonight has capitalized with the extra man advantage.
Karlstrom would set up Glendening in front of the net but Markstrom would deflect the puck. Stars have generated some good chances in this period, Jacob Peterson’s shot attempt late in the 1st period would be gloved by Markstrom.
John Klingberg would skate into the Flame’s zone and Markstrom would rob him of everything. Joe Pavelski would miss a wide-open net to give the Stars the early lead. Stars would get a power play as Calgary would have too many men on the ice. Stars would fail to convert on the power play.
At the end of the 1st period, the Stars and the Flames are scoreless. Calgary would lead in shots on goal 11-10 and in hits 8-3. Stars had their opportunities to score but Markstrom is a beast in the net.
Dallas Stars vs Calgary Flames: 2nd period recap
Stars have been really aggressive to start the 2nd period. John Klingberg would shoot one from the blue line and no one would be in place to put it in the net. Pavelski would have another chance at another open net goal and he would miss that one as well.
Stars would get another power play after Calgary would commit another too many men on the ice penalty. Stars would fail to capitalize on the power play and would give Calgary a power play. Radek Faksa would run into Markstrom which drew a penalty.
Jake Oettinger would make a couple of amazing saves on the Flame’s power play to keep this scoreless. Kieth Tkachuk would score the first goal of the game and 100th point of the season to give Calgary the lead 1-0.
Stars would go back on the power play and they need to tie it up. Jason Robertson would do just that in front of Markstrom to tie the game at 1. Oettinger and Markstrom would have back-to-back larceny saves late in the 2nd period.
The Stars and the Flames would be tied going into the final intermission. Calgary still leads in shots on goal 24-19 and in hits 19-13. Oettinger and Markstrom are putting on a goaltending clinic as both only allowed one goal in the second frame.
Dallas Stars vs Calgary Flames: 3rd period recap
The Flames retook the lead on a Noah Hanifin goal to make it 2-1 Flames. Not the way you wanted to start the period if you are the Stars. Marian Studenic would skate into the zone and before he could get a shot off, Markstrom pokes the puck away.
Jake Oettinger would make an amazing save to keep this from being 3-1 Flames. Luke Glendening would score and tie the game at 2 off a rebound. Fredrik Karlstrom would get his first NHL point on the assist. This is the perfect answer for Calgary taking the lead early on in the period.
Dallas would go on the penalty kill as Miro Heiskanen tripped Johnny Gaudreau. Jake Oettinger once again would add to his highlight reel with a goal-robbing save to keep this game tied.
Christopher Tanev would score a goal from the blue line to give Calgary the 3-2 lead late in the game. It would a deflating goal if you are a Stars fan. Jamie Benn would commit a penalty to send the Flames back onto the power play.
Oettinger would stop Lindholm’s attempt on the power play and would clear the puck. Stars are about to kill the penalty and they need to attack Markstrom immediately. Andrew Mangiapane would score the empty-net goal to send Calgary to a 4-2 final over the Stars.