Oleksiak's late goal leads Stars past Flames; series tied. MORE:
Miro Heiskanen scored twice and Jamie Oleksiak had the late winner with 40 seconds left in the third period as the Dallas Stars beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 to tie their Stanley Cup Playoffs series 1-1. Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk left the game in the third period after getting sandwiched on a hit between Oleksiak and Jamie Benn.
replied for the Flames.Heiskanen (eight goals, 35 points in the regular season) has been a workhorse for Dallas in the post-season, jumping into the rush and making plays. The 21-year old Finn leads the Stars with two goals and five assists in five post-season games, including the three round-robin games.
Dallas, a low-scoring team at the best of times, scored only twice in regulation time in the round-robin to drop to third seed, and managed only two goals in a 3-2 loss to Calgary in Game 1.It looked like deja vu for Dallas just 19 seconds into the first period, when Dube continued his red hot offensive game by scoring his third goal of the series.
After a shot caromed off the back boards right into the slot, Dube beat defenderEsa Lindellto the puck and chipped it backhand over Bishop.Dallas struck back before the period was out, scoring one goal with grit and another with skill.First, Seguin fought off Forbort to tip a rebound past Talbot. Radulov got an assist. Then Heiskanen, on a two-on-one rush, snapped a pass from Radulov low to the glove side on Talbot from the left face-off circle to give Dallas its first lead of the series.
Heiskenan scored again early in the second, whipping a sharp angle knuckling puck from the left face-off circle that fooled Talbot, tumbling past him on the short side. Forbort drew Calgary within one, wristing a puck from the blue line through traffic and fluttered past Bishop blocker-side.
Dallas got the two-goal lead back before the period was out, on the power play. Veteran Perry jumped on a rebound on aRoope Hintzshot, whacked away twice on rebound until the puck jumped up and over Talbot stick-side.Calgary made it close with just over seven minutes to go, scoring while shorthanded. Rieder chipped the puck past a pinching
John Klingbergat Calgary's blue line, skated past him on a breakway to wrist the puck past Bishop.Bennett then scored on the power play, standing on the lip of the crease and redirecting anElias Lindholmpass behind Bishop, setting the stage for Oleksiak's dramatic game-winner.
Dallas has been waiting for some offensive oomph from its top forwards.Seguin (17 goals and 50 points in the regular season) had been scoreless in the post-season and didn't even get a shot on goal in Game 1. Radulov (15 goals and 34 points in the regular season) had registered only two shots on goal in the playoffs heading into action Thursday.
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