DALLAS (AP) — Rasmus Andersson scored Calgary’s first power-play goal since the start of Game 1 of the playoffs, Jacob Markstrom made 34 saves and the Flames beat the Dallas Stars 4-1 in Game 4 on Monday tonight to even their first-round streak.
Johnny Gaudreau converted a penalty shot with 12:13 left in the game to make it 2-0 in Calgary, and then assisted Elias Lindholm’s third goal of the series as the Pacific Division champions regained the home advantage over the comparable Stars. Mikael Backlund added an empty net in the last minute.
Game 5 takes place Wednesday night in Calgary, where the teams traded shutouts in the first two games while combining for just three goals in total – one of those an empty net at the end of the 2-0 victory of the Stars in Game 2. The series returns to Dallas on Friday night for Game 6 of the best-of-seven series.
Gaudreau was on the breakaway with just over nine minutes to play when John Klingberg was penalized for hooking, and the 100-point scorer had a nifty shot on the penalty shot to push the puck between Jake Oettinger’s legs, the 23-year-old player. goalkeeper who made 50 saves.
The Flames were just over a minute away from a 5-on-3 chance midway through the second period when Andersson traded passes with Matthew Tkachuk before his shot from the top of the slot failed. brings the score to 1-0.
Calgary had failed to convert on 13 consecutive power-play attempts before that, including two earlier in the game, since scoring five seconds into his first power-play of the series. It was five minutes into Game 1 and the only goal in that 1-0 win.
Before Calgary had a two-man advantage, that power play started on a split save from Oettinger, who had his right leg fully extended against the post when he fended off a shot from Anderson.
The Stars also struggled on the power play, going 0-4 with a power play in Game 4 before Tyler Seguin scored with 4:57 left to bring the Stars 3-1.
Oettinger faced plenty of shots in his first four NHL playoff starts. He made 25 saves in Game 1, 29 in his shutout win, and another 39 in Game 3.
Midway through the first period on Monday, after being peppered with a shooting streak and unable to secure a loose puck, Oettinger made an impressive save when he reached down on the drop to catch the puck with his glove to prevent Tyler Toffoli.
It was only minutes after Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen hit the crossbar with a shot.
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