The flames use the third 3-goal period to reach the best stars in Game 5
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Mikael Backlund, Andrew Mangiapane and Trevor Lewis all scored in the third period, leading the Calgary flames to a 3-1 victory over Dallas stars Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Jacob Markstrom made 20 saves for the Flames, who can win the series on Friday in Dallas. If needed, Game 7 would return to Calgary on Sunday.
“It feels a lot better than if we were down, but we know it’s going to be a really tough game,” said Backlund. “Of course, we feel confident and excited to go there. It’s a great match.”
Jason Robertson scored the only goal for Dallas and Jake Oettinger stopped 29 shots.
Robertson, who scored 41 goals as a leader in the regular season, scored his first goal in the playoffs at 1:21 pm in the second period to take the Stars 1-0. He entered the scoreboard and hit a shot that deflected from Markstrom’s glove and then defender Noah Hanifin into the Calgary net.
But the line from Backlund, Mangiapane and Blake Coleman hits in the third.
“We knew they were going to go hard,” Robertson said. “We tried to minimize their speed towards the neutral zone and we didn’t and it cost us.”
Mangiapane turns in a circle from behind the goal line and hits the puck to redirect Oettinger’s Backlund for the 1-1 at 6:49 of the third.
“I didn’t score much along the stretch here,” Backlund said. “It was really nice to put the puck on the net and also such a great goal.”
The Flames took the lead when Backlund was in the neutral zone and provided a backhand pass to Mangiapane on the blue line of the Stars. Mangiapane took three steps and beat Oettinger’s glove with a high shot at 13:20.
“It was loud,” Mangiapane said of the Saddledome crowd. “It was also great when Backs scored. You could hear the building explode. I think the fans were waiting for a goal. Our whole team just fed on that energy from the fans.”
Lewis sealed it with a net vacuum with 58 seconds left.
Neither team has scored in their two power-play chances and they are 2 of 19 in the series.
“We’re going to see a few things about this game and prepare for the next one and it’s not over yet,” said Roope Hintz of Dallas.
Flame striker Johnny Gaudreau took a deflected puck to the side of his head on the blue line of the Stars. He went to the locker room for treatment at the end of the period but returned to the game in the second period.
NOTES: The coach of the stars Rick Bowness modified his formation by scratching the strikers Denis Gurianov and Alexander Radulov. … With 92 career playoff wins, Calgary’s Darryl Sutter is close to equalizing Pat Quinn for sixth NHL coaching. … Joe Pavelski of Dallas overtook Brian Rafalski in his 166th career playoff game, for fifth place in NHL history among US-born players.