The Dallas Stars doubled over the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Friday to tie their playoff streak and force a Game 7.
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Defender Miro Heiskanen’s late second-half goal was the winning goal for the Stars, who will be looking to close out the conference quarterfinals away from home on Sunday in Calgary.
Roope Hintz and Michael Raffl also scored for Dallas, with Tyler Seguin adding an empty net goal.
Star goalie Jake Oettinger and Flames teammate Jacob Markstrom made 36 saves in front of a 18,532-capacity crowd at the American Airlines Center.
Michael Stone had a goal and an assist and Mikael Backlund scored for Calgary.
Teams that tie a series at 3-3 to force a Game 7 hold an all-time series record of 88-96, according to NHL statistics.
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The Flames couldn’t keep up the pressure from the offensive zone to pull Markstrom into an extra striker until there was less than a minute left in the game.
Instead of shooting into the empty net for his second of the game, Hintz passed the puck to Seguin for the net.
Down 2-0 early in the second period, Flames equalized in the 12th minute, but Heiskanen gave the Stars a 3-2 lead in the third period.
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Calgary did not clear the puck after Markstrom’s save at Hintz, which allowed the Stars to pass the puck to Heiskanen.
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The Stars defender landed a shot from the center opening through traffic and by Markstrom at 17:32.
A second after the Stars penalty expired, Backlund’s sharp angled shot deflected past Oettinger and Heskainen and into the net for the third in Backlund’s series.
Stone halved the deficit at 8:09 rush hour on a Johnny Gaudreau ice cross feed. Stone was added to the lineup for Game 4 as Flames manager Darryl Sutter opted for seven defenders and 11 forwards.
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The hosts were leading 2-0 at 6:04 as Joel Kiravanta battled Calgary’s Oliver Kylington to kick Markstrom, and Raffl dived for the rebound.
Flames defender Chris Tanev did not play the third period.
Forward Luke Glendening headed to the locker room after an open ice check by Calgary defender Nikita Zadorov early in the second period. He didn’t return to the ice.
The quick exchange of pucks in the opening period gave the Flames sustained offensive zone time and an 18-10 lead on shots, but the Stars emerged from the opening period with a 1-0 lead.
Calgary’s blocked compensation attempt flipped the puck into the neutral zone. Hintz passed Joe Pavelski from a sharp angle past Markstrom at 14:52 when Pavelski cleared Flames defender Erik Gudbrandson to open up a line of fire for his linemate.
Seconds earlier, Oettinger stoned both Matthew Tkachuk and Gaudreau at close range.
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