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Joe Pavelski drives Stars to victory in Game 3 against Flames

DALLAS — Joe Pavelski scored twice and scored the game with the first power-play goal of the series for Dallas as the Stars beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Saturday night and went 2-1 in their first-round western Conference Playoff Series.

The Stars were 0 for 10 with an extra skater, although one of those power plays had occurred just 4 seconds earlier in Game 3 before Pavelski’s tie goal made it 3-2 with 9:55 left.

Pavelski had made a cross-ice pass to Vladislav Namestnikov, who then fired a shot that ricocheted off goalie Jacob Markstrom. The puck was smashed by 37-year-old Pavelski, whose 64 career postseason goals are the most by an American-born skater.

Jake Oettinger, the Stars’ 23-year-old goaltender, made 39 saves in his first home playoff game. It came two nights after his 29 saves in the 2-0 win in Calgary that leveled the series.

Game 4 takes place in Dallas on Monday night before the series returns to Canada for Game 5 on Wednesday.

Radek Faksa scored the first goal for Dallas, and Roope Hintz added an empty-net hit just before the final horn. Miro Heiskanen had two assists for the Stars, who also finished with a 44-23 lead on hits.

Joe Pavelski celebrates after scoring the winning goal in the Stars' 4-2 Game 3 win over the Flames.
Joe Pavelski celebrates after scoring the winning goal in the Stars’ 4-2 Game 3 win over the Flames.
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Elias Lindholm and Trevor Lewis had goals for Calgary.

After trading shutouts and scoring just three goals in the two games in Calgary, the teams had another physical and competitive game. Matthew Tkachuk and John Klingberg battled just 1:22 into the game, trading blows and scoring 5-minute majors when Oettinger saved Johnny Gaudreau’s wrist with a glove on Calgary’s first shot.

Pavelski’s first goal of the game ended the game at 2 about midway through the second period when he buttoned Heiskanen’s shot, which ricocheted off Markstrom. That came just seconds after Markstrom tipped off a shot from Heiskanen, though the Stars were able to keep possession alive.

Markstrom stopped 28 shots.

Faksa gave the Stars a 1-0 lead after about 8 1/2 minutes when he deflected a shot from Esa Lindell with his racquet on a pass from Heiskanen right after a pass.

Just before that, Faksa was leveled in front of the net by Noah Hanifan before Markstrom could control the puck after a shot from Heiskanen.

Calgary went on to score a 1-1 goal that Stars coach Rick Bowness thought was due to goalkeeper interference, with Oettinger on his side following a contact with Milan Lucic. Dallas lost the replay challenge.

It appeared that Lucic, who was engaged to Tyler Seguin, was trying to avoid the Dallas goalie. Contact was just outside the crease and Lucic was able to slide the puck forward where it was smashed in by Lewis.

The Flames took a 2-1 lead when Lindholm struck from just inside the circle early in the second period.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/08/joe-pavelski-propels-stars-to-game-3-win-over-flames/ Joe Pavelski drives Stars to victory in Game 3 against Flames

JOE HERNANDEZ

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