The Dallas Stars were welcomed back to the American Airlines Center on Saturday night with a thunderous crowd in attendance. That along with Vintage Joe Pavelski pushed the Stars to a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames. With the win, the Stars take a 2-1 series lead with one more game here in Dallas on Monday night. Here is what went down on Saturday night at the AAC.
Dallas Stars vs Calgary Flames Game 3: 1st period recap
I’m not going to lie, someone must have said something to John Klingberg up in Calgary. This is the second straight game where the Stars defenseman kicked off the game with a fight. We would get some early 4-on-4 hockey to kick things off.
The Stars would end up getting the first goal of the game as Esa Lindell’s shot went off of Radek Faksa’s stick and redirected past Jacob Markstrom. The Stars crowd really got into it when the goal horn went off and Pantera played through the speakers.
However, the Flames would answer with a goal of their own from Trevor Lewis. Rick Bowness would challenge the goal for goaltender interference and would be an unsuccessful challenge. The Stars would kill the power play and would keep the game tied going into the first intermission.
Stars are lucky that it’s tied after one after all the penalties that occurred in the first frame. Stars brought the aggression tonight and need to keep doing it in the remaining two periods.
Dallas Stars vs Calgary Flames Game 3: 2nd period recap
The Stars did bring the aggression out of the locker room with them to start the 2nd period. However, after a couple of minutes into the period, they would let up and the Flames took advantage as Elias Lindholm would score to give the Flames the lead.
The Stars would respond midway through the period 28 seconds after Markstrom made an amazing save. Joe Pavelski would get the goal to tie the game up at 2. The crowd went nuts as Joe Pavelski scored in his first-ever Dallas home playoff game.
Jake Oettinger would keep the game tied for the remainder of the period. The Stars and the Flames would head into the final intermission tied at 2. Stars would need a solid clean period of aggressive hockey to take the series lead.
Dallas Stars vs Calgary Flames Game 3: 3rd period recap
Midway through the 3rd period is when the Stars crowd got back into the game. Joe Pavelski would finally score on the power play to make it a 3-2 lead. The Stars would finally break their power play goal drought in the series.
Oettinger would make the save of the game with 3 minutes left on a Johnny Gaudreau breakaway to keep the 3-2 lead. The Flames would pull their goalie to try to tie the game. It would not work as Roope Hintz would score with 0.5 seconds left in the game. The Stars would go on to win 4-2.
After the game, NHL PR announced on their Twitter page that Joe Pavelski is now the third-oldest Stars player to have a multi-goal game in the playoffs. The Stars have the day off Sunday and will return to action on Monday night for game 4 against the Calgary Flames. The Stars can push the Flames to the brink of elimination with a win Monday night. For all of your Dallas Stars news, stay tuned to Blackout Dallas.