CALGARY, Alberta — Mikael Backlund, Andrew Mangiapane and Trevor Lewis all scored in the third period to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night to go 3-in their first-round playoff series: 2 to take the lead .
Jacob Markstrom made 20 saves for the Flames, who can win Saturday’s series in Dallas. Failing that, Game 7 would be back in Calgary on Sunday.
“It feels a lot better than when we were down, but we know it’s going to be a really tough game,” said Backlund. “Obviously we are confident and excited to go there. It’s a big game.”
Jason Robertson scored the only goal for Dallas and Jake Oettinger stopped 29 shots.
Robertson, who scored 41 goals in the regular season, scored his first goal of the playoffs at 13:21 of the second period to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. Driving in off the boards, he deflected a shot that deflected off Markstrom’s glove and then defender Noah Hanifin into Calgary’s net.
But the line of Backlund, Mangiapane and Blake Coleman struck in the third.
“We knew they were going to come hard,” Robertson said. “We tried to minimize their speed into the neutral zone, but we didn’t and it cost us.”
Mangiapane circled from behind the goal line and centered the puck for Backlund’s diversion by Oettinger to make it 1-1 at 6:49 of the third.
“I didn’t score much here on the track,” said Backlund. “It felt really good to put the puck in the net and such a big goal at that.”
The Flames took the lead when Backlund was in the neutral zone and gave a backhand pass to Mangiapane at the Stars blue line. Mangiapane took three steps and hit Oettinger’s glove with a high shot to 13:20.
“It was loud,” Mangiapane said of the Saddledome crowd. “It was great even when Backs scored. You could hear the building explode. I think the fans were waiting for a goal. Our entire team just nurtured that energy from the fans.”
Lewis sealed it with an empty net with 58 seconds remaining.
Neither team scored on their two power play chances and is in the 2-on-19 series.
“We’re going to take a look at some things from this game and get ready for the next game and it’s not over yet,” said Dallas’ Roope Hintz.
Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau caught a deflected puck on the side of his head on the Stars blue line. He went to the dressing room for treatment late in the half but was back in the game in the second half.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/12/flames-topple-stars-to-take-3-2-series-lead/ Flames topple Stars and take a 3-2 lead