Recap: The stars live to fight another day with a 4-2 win over the Flames in Game 6
DALLAS– Maybe adversity brings out the best in Stars after all.
Facing a must-win scenario, the Stars delivered their best performance of the series, beating the Calgary Flames 4-2 in Game 6 to force a Game 7 win-win Sunday in Calgary. The Stars played with tenacity and desperation, delivering 38 hits, recording 20 blocks and recording 40 shots on goal.
The Stars needed a big game from their big guns, and that was Roope Hintz who got them on the board at 14:52 of the first period with assists from two familiar faces.
Found with Hintz and Joe Pavelsky early in the game Jason Robertson spotted Pavelski on the other side and sent him a pass. Pavelski picked it up, walked into the area and dropped it to Hintz, who ran and shot through the five hole to send a sold-out crowd of 18,532 into a frenzy.
Video: [email protected], GM6: Hintz shoots home from the circle
In all but one game in this series, the team that scored first won the game, so it was definitely a good sign for the Stars to strike first, even though they lost Game 5. after scoring first. Not only did this get the crowd moving, but it gave the Stars extra life.
That night, the Stars moved production up and down the lineup.
Joel Kiviranta didn’t get credit for the Stars’ second goal, but it was his strenuous efforts to win a puck battle in the zone that led to Michael Raffl doubling Dallas’ lead 6:04 into the middle frame.
Video: [email protected], GM6: Raffl blocks a loose puck in the crease
The Flames, however, would not go down without a fight.
Trailing by two in the second half, they scored twice on unanswered goals from Michael Stone and Mikael Backlund within four minutes of each other. But just when it looked like the Flames were going to harness the momentum, Miro Heiskanen stepped up with 2:28 remaining in the middle frame.
Making his patented cut on the inside, Heiskanen stripped Matthew Tkachuk with a quick jab to free up enough space to send a wrist shot through traffic past Jacob Markstrom to give Dallas a 3-2 lead. It was a dazzling streak for the 22-year-old defenseman, who scored his first goal of the series.
Video: [email protected], GM6: Heiskanen hits one from high position
From there, the Stars kept their foot on the accelerator. What happened in the third period of Game 5 when they allowed the Flames to dictate play didn’t happen in Game 6. Instead, Dallas continued to attack and were rewarded at the end of the game when Tyler Seguin scored an empty net to put the contest aside.
Video: [email protected], Gm6: Seguin extends the lead with an empty net
The Stars wouldn’t have forced a Game 7 without another outstanding performance from Jake Oettinger. Of his 36 saves, 18 came in the first half alone. After allowing two goals on nine shots midway through the period, Oettinger stopped all 11 in the final period for his third win of the series.
Game 7 is scheduled for Sunday at 8:30 p.m. CT with local television coverage on Bally Sports Southwest and nationwide in the United States on ESPN2. The game will also air on 96.7-FM/1310-AM The Ticket.
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Kyle Shohara is the digital manager of DallasStars.com and writes about the Stars/NHL. Follow him on Twitter @kyleshohara.