The Dallas Stars put the fan’s anxiety at ease on Thursday night as they beat the Calgary Flames 2-0 and tie the series at 1. According to Bruce LeVine, Co-Host of Dallas Stars Radio Broadcasts, Jake Oettinger became the youngest goaltender in Dallas Stars history to record a playoff victory. It was a team effort all around to beat the Flames in game 2, but Oettinger’s goaltending was the main factor. Here is what happened Thursday night in Calgary at the Saddledome.
Dallas Stars vs Calgary Flames Game 2: 1st period recap
Not even a minute into the game and the fists are already flying. John Klingberg got into a scrap with Matthew Tkachuk after the Flame’s breakaway attempt was called offsides.
8 minutes into the game, Joe Pavelski would get the first goal of the playoffs for the Dallas Stars on a deflection that Jacob Markstrom wasn’t ready for. What a great way to set the tone for the remainder of the game.
That would be the only goal in the 1st period as the Stars would lead the Flames 1-0 going into the first intermission. The Stars would lead in shots on goal 9-6. It was a perfect 1st period for the Stars on the road. Let’s see if they continue that in the 2nd period.
Dallas Stars vs Calgary Flames Game 2: 2nd period recap
This was all Oettinger’s period from start to finish, he basically taught a “masterclass” on playoff goaltending. I mean his stop at the beginning of the period on the Flame’s 2-on-1 breakaway was flawless.
The rest of the Stars’ players would buckle down and help him as well by keeping the Flames’ top lines from scoring. No one would score in the second frame as the Stars would continue to lead 1-0 heading into the final frame. This is where Stars fans would start to get anxious since some 1-0 leads were blown in the regular season. Let’s see if the guys can wrap this one up in the final 20 minutes of the game.
Dallas Stars vs Calgary Flames Game 2: 3rd period recap
Once again, Oettinger showed everyone watching why he is the Starting Goaltender for Dallas. He belly-flopped on top of the puck early on in the 3rd period to keep the Stars in the lead.
The only goal that would come in this period would be from Michael Raffl with the game-winning goal to give the Stars a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames. Oettinger would earn his first ever playoff game shutout.
With the series tied up, it’s time the Stars and the Flames change cities to Dallas for Games 3 and 4 of the series. The Stars will return to action on Saturday night at 8:30 PM at the American Airlines Center. For all your Dallas Stars postgame content, keep reading Blackout Dallas.