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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames
Recap

Flames overtake Stars behind third-period surge

May 12, 2022, 4:30 AM

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Andrew Mangiapane scored the winning goal and the host Calgary Flames netted three unanswered third-period tallies to claim a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series on Wednesday.

Mikael Backlund and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Flames, who hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Both Mangiapane and Backlund also collected an assist. Calgary's Jacob Markstrom made 20 saves to claim another goaltending battle.

Jason Robertson scored for the Stars, while goaltender Jake Oettinger made 29 saves in a strong outing.

The Flames, who will look to close out the series Friday in Dallas, came out on top despite trailing 1-0 after two periods.

After drawing even on Backlund's tally, Mangiapane put the Flames ahead at 10:38. Upon taking a pass from Backlund, Mangiapane worked to the slot and unloaded a wrist shot off the crossbar and into the net.

From there, the Flames hung strong thanks to a couple of clutch Markstrom saves. The hosts even killed a late Dallas power play before Lewis notched an empty-net goal with 57.1 seconds remaining.

Calgary outshot the visitors 16-5 in the third period.

After a scoreless first period, Robertson finally cracked the goose eggs with 6:39 remaining in the second period. Taking advantage of a loose puck inside the Calgary blue line, Robertson sent a shot that Markstrom stopped, only to have it bounce off Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin and into the net.

It was Robertson's first goal of the playoffs after a sparkling 41-goal regular season.

Backlund finally put the Flames on the board at 6:49 of the third period. Thanks to a rush led by Blake Coleman, Mangiapane sent a shot-pass from the right faceoff dot that Backlund redirected for his first goal of the series. The Flames had gone more than 120 minutes of game time since they last scored at home in the series.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars
Preview

Flames return home with momentum for Game 5 vs. Stars

May 10, 2022, 9:03 PM

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The Calgary Flames rode a dominating performance to Monday's Game 4 win that evened their Western Conference opening-round series with the Dallas Stars.

What remains to be seen is whether the Flames can keep the ball rolling when they play host to the Stars on Wednesday for Game 5 of the best-of-seven series that is tied 2-2.

"I think the momentum is we're going home to play in front of our fans," said forward Johnny Gaudreau, who tallied a penalty-shot goal in the third period of Calgary's 4-1 victory.

"Now it's a three-game series and we have two at home and one on the road. Obviously, a big win for us, but it's been a tight series and we've got to do the same thing. ... It's going to be a big game."

The Flames set a franchise record for shots on goal (54) in a non-overtime playoff game and scored more goals than they netted in the first three games combined.

However, the victory was a result of more than just shots.

The Flames used their speed and forecheck to crack the Stars' defense and finally were rewarded. In short, they looked much like the squad that claimed the Pacific Division title.

"The only thing we get from the season is our foundation," coach Darryl Sutter said. "That's why when somebody talks about a loss or ‘What do you have to do different?' ... we don't have to do anything different. Just have to do it again. That's what's it about."

Calgary goalie Jacob Markstrom was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy on Tuesday, along with Igor Shesterkin of the New York Rangers and Juuse Saros of the Nashville Predators.

As well as Markstrom has played, the goaltending focus has been on Dallas netminder Jake Oettinger, who has posted a 1.53 goals-against average and .960 save percentage in the series, including 50 saves in the Game 4 loss.

However, with the Flames outshooting the Stars in the series by a 150-106 margin, the Stars know they can't continue to rely on Oettinger to keep them alive.

"He was the only reason we were in (Monday's) game," coach Rick Bowness said. "I told the coaches after the game we just wasted a great goaltending performance. Their guy made some big saves. He didn't get a lot of them, but he made some big saves at the right time. Otter was outstanding."

As for the rest of his team, Bowness made no bones about the fact their performance won't cut it.

"Puck management was not very good. We were on the wrong side of them too many times in all three zones," Bowness said. "We were very slow to close on them in the defensive zone, which is why they were able to cycle the puck as much."

While much has been made about Calgary's struggling offense, the Stars have been just as bad or even worse. Joe Pavelski has scored three of his team's seven goals, with two of the other four tallied into empty nets.

Dallas is tied in the series despite giving up the vast majority of scoring opportunities and managing very little offense when the opportunity is presented.

"We just have to reset," said veteran defenseman Ryan Suter. "We had the momentum. Now, they've got it. We've got to go get it back."

--Field Level Media

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames
News

Stars captain Jamie Benn draws another $5K fine

May 10, 2022, 6:11 PM

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Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn was fined $5,000 on Tuesday for tripping Calgary Flames forward Trevor Lewis in Game 4 on Monday night.

It is the second $5,000 fine of the series for the Dallas forward, who was docked for hick-sticking forward Andrew Mangiapane in Game 3 on Saturday.

Benn received a two-minute penalty for the incident with Lewis, which occurred 26 seconds into the second period of the Stars' 4-1 loss.

The best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series is tied at 2-2 with Game 5 on Wednesday night in Calgary.

Benn, 32, has not scored in the series. He had 46 points (18 goals, 28 assists) in 82 games in the regular season.

On Feb. 19, he was fined $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct after squirting a water bottle at Chicago Blackhawks forward MacKenzie Entwistle.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames
News

Stars' Jamie Benn, Caps' Evgeny Kuznetsov each fined $5K

May 8, 2022, 5:09 PM

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The NHL fined the Dallas Stars' Jamie Benn and the Washington Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov $5,000 each on Sunday for high-sticking violations in Saturday's playoff games.

The fines are the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement. Neither forward was penalized in their respective games.

Benn, the Dallas captain, was fined for high-sticking Calgary Flames forward Andrew Mangiapane during the Stars' 4-2 home win in Game 3. The Stars have a 2-1 lead in the first-round series, which resumes Monday with Game 4 in Dallas.

Benn, 32, has not scored in the series. He had 46 points (18 goals, 28 assists) in 82 games in the regular season.

Kuznetsov was fined for high-sticking Florida Panthers forward Noel Acciari during the Capitals' 6-1 home win in Game 3. Washington leads the first-round series 2-1 and hosts Game 4 on Monday night.

Kuznetsov, 29, has one goal in the series. He tallied 78 points (24 goals, 54 assists) in 79 games during the regular season.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Calgary Flames
News

Flames F Sean Monahan to have season-ending hip surgery

April 2, 2022, 4:55 PM

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Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan landed on long-term injured reserve Saturday and will have season-ending hip surgery, the team announced.

His 2020-21 season also ended with an operation on his hip.

Monahan, 27, finishes the 2021-22 campaign with 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 65 games. He had an assist in his final game in Thursday night's 3-2 shootout loss to the visiting Los Angeles Kings.

The Ontario native has 462 points (212 goals, 250 assists) in 656 career games over nine seasons with the Flames, who drafted him with the sixth overall pick in 2013.

Calgary also announced Saturday that defenseman Oliver Kylington is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

The Flames recalled defenseman Connor Mackey from the AHL's Stockton Heat. He made his NHL debut last season, contributing one goal and two assists in six games.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Seattle Kraken at Carolina Hurricanes
News

Kraken trade F Calle Jarnkrok to Flames for picks

March 17, 2022, 3:00 PM

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The Seattle Kraken traded forward Calle Jarnkrok to the Calgary Flames for three draft picks.

The expansion Kraken acquired a second-round pick in 2022, a third-rounder in 2023 and a seventh-round selection in 2024 in Wednesday night's swap.

Jarnkrok, 30, has registered 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 49 games this season.

He played his first eight NHL seasons with the Nashville Predators, accumulating 211 points (94 goals, 117 assists) in 508 games before being selected by Seattle in July's expansion draft.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Dallas Stars at Florida Panthers
News

Stars G Anton Khudobin has hip surgery, out for season

March 15, 2022, 5:35 PM

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Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on his right hip, the team announced Tuesday.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He is expected to need six months to recover from the initial injury.

Khudobin, 35, posted a 3-4-1 record with a 3.63 goals-against average and .879 save percentage in nine games (seven starts) this season. He has not played in the NHL since Jan. 15.

Rookie Jake Oettinger has shouldered the load in net of late for the Stars (32-22-3, 67 points). He owns a 19-8-1 record with a 2.43 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 30 games (28 starts).

--Field Level Media

NHL: Dallas Stars at Carolina Hurricanes
News

Stars sign F Joe Pavelski to 1-year, $5.5M extension

March 11, 2022, 7:54 PM

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The Dallas Stars signed veteran forward Joe Pavelski to a one-year, $5.5 million contract extension Friday.

The deal includes an additional $500,000 in performance-based incentives.

The 37-year-old alternate captain leads the team in assists (37) and points (59) through 56 games. He made his fourth career All-Star Game appearance last month.

Only Stars forwards Jason Robertson (29) and Roope Hintz (23) have more goals than Pavelski, who joined Dallas in July 2019 after 13 seasons with the San Jose Sharks.

"In his three seasons here, Joe has proven to be one of the strongest, most respected voices in the dressing room, as well as being one of the most consistent performers on the ice," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "He has played at an All-Star level this season, and by signing this deal now, it is a testament to what he sees in this organization and how this organization values what he brings day-in and day-out. He is a true professional, an incredible leader, and an example to everyone in our organization of what the standard is."

Pavelski has 902 points (416 goals, 486 assists) in 1,142 career games.

He also has 119 points (61 goals, 58 assists) in 161 playoff games, reaching the Stanley Cup Finals with San Jose in 2016 and Dallas in 2020.

"Sarah, Nate and I have loved the city of Dallas and the Stars organization since Day One," Pavelski said. "We are very committed to winning here and have full belief in (owner) Tom Gaglardi and his family and Jim Nill to give our group every resource in order to do so. We have a great dressing room, and it was important to me, and my family, to show that we are all in."

Dallas is in fifth place in the Central Division at 32-21-3. If the playoffs started Friday, the Stars would have the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars
News

Stars D Miro Heiskanen diagnosed with mono, placed on IR

March 10, 2022, 5:59 PM

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Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen was placed on injured reserve on Thursday after being diagnosed with mononucleosis.

The move to IR is retroactive to March 2. He is out indefinitely.

Heiskanen, 22, has paid early dividends on the eight-year, $67.6 million contract he signed with the Stars last July. He has recorded 29 points (four goals, 25 assists) and averaged 24:46 of ice time in 52 games this season.

Heiskanen has collected 124 points (32 goals, 92 assists) in 257 career games since being selected by the Stars with the third overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

He has notched 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists) in 40 playoff games, including 26 (six goals, 20 assists) in 27 games during the Stars' run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2020.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames
News

Flames F Adam Ruzicka fined $2K for elbow

February 17, 2022, 7:13 PM

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Calgary Flames forward Adam Ruzicka was fined $2,004.17 by the NHL on Thursday for elbowing Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.

The fine is the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement.

The incident occurred in the first period of the Flames' 6-2 win over the Ducks on Wednesday night. Ruzicka was given a two-minute minor on the play.

Ruzicka, 22, has seven points (four goals, three assists) and six penalty minutes in 16 games this season.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Montreal Canadiens
News

Reports: Calgary acquires F Tyler Toffoli from Habs

February 14, 2022, 6:29 PM

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The Calgary Flames acquired forward Tyler Toffoli from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a package of players and picks, including a protected 2022 first-rounder, multiple outlets reported Monday.

Also going to Montreal in the deal are journeyman forward Tyler Pitlick, prospect Emil Heineman and a 2025 fifth-round pick, per the reports. If Calgary protects its 2022 pick, then the Habs will get a first-round pick in 2023 as well as a fourth-rounder in 2024, per the reports.

Toffoli, 29, has 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 37 games this season, his second in Montreal. He signed with the Canadiens as a free agent in October 2020, helping the club reach the Stanley Cup Finals last season.

Toffoli has 370 points (182 goals, 188 assists) in 614 career games, all but 100 of those with the Los Angeles Kings, who selected him in the second round of the 2010 draft.

Pitlick, 30, has two assists in 25 games for Flames, averaging 11:41 in time on ice. Montreal will be his sixth team since being taken in the second round of the 2010 draft. He has 86 career points, including 47 goals.

Heineman, 20, plays for Leksands IF in the Swedish Hockey League. He has 16 points (11 goals, five assists) in 36 games this season. He was taken in the second round of the 2020 draft by the Florida Panthers.

The Canadiens own the worst record in the league and fired coach Dominique Ducharme last week.

The Flames are currently the second seed in the Pacific Division in the midst of a six-game winning streak. Calgary hosts Columbus on Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks
News

Stars coach Rick Bowness fined for bench tirade

January 11, 2022, 1:42 AM

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The NHL fined Dallas Stars coach Rick Bowness $25,000 Monday for his outburst at the end of Sunday's 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues, which included Bowness swinging one of his players' sticks and slashing the stick around the vacated bench area.

The Stars led Sunday's game most of the way before the Blues went on the power play in the final minute. As St. Louis scored a goal, the Stars were called for another penalty, allowing the Blues to continue with a man advantage and score the game-winner to complete a stunning comeback.

Bowness was further enraged by an allegedly missed holding-the-stick penalty call against a Blues player during that sequence.

"If you're watching the game, you saw what happened," Bowness said. "They clearly pulled Miro (Heiskanen) down. Clearly grabbed his stick and pulled him down. That's my opinion. They got lucky."

The fine money will be added to the NHL Foundation.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks
News

Stars remove 10 players from COVID-19 protocol list

January 3, 2022, 6:16 PM

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The Dallas Stars removed 10 players and two support staff members from the COVID-19 protocol Monday.

Captain Jamie Benn is the only player still on the list for the Stars, who have not played since Dec. 20 due to the outbreak-related postponement of their last six games.

Dallas is scheduled to return to the ice at home Thursday against the Florida Panthers.

The players cleared to return Monday were Radek Faksa, Luke Glendening, Jani Hakanpaa, Miro Heiskanen, Roope Hintz, Joel Kiviranta, Esa Lindell, Michael Raffl, Jason Robertson and Ryan Suter.

Robertson ranks second on the team with 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists), while Hintz is third with 22 points and Heiskanen is fourth with 18.

--Field Level Media

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Dallas Stars
News

Stars’ COVID pause continues; Sunday vs. Coyotes postponed

December 30, 2021, 10:30 PM

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The Dallas Stars will not be ready to play Sunday at the Arizona Coyotes as their COVID-19 outbreak continues.

The NHL announced Thursday it was postponing Dallas vs. Arizona, the latest game to be affected by health and safety protocol.

The Stars were an atypically healthy team just before the NHL's extended holiday pause. They last played on Dec. 20, a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Wild.

Defenseman Jani Hakanpaa became the first Star to enter COVID-19 protocol all season on Dec. 24. Since then, the list has grown to 11 players and three staff members in protocol, per the club.

Two Dallas games against the Colorado Avalanche this week were called off -- Dec. 29 and 31 -- before the Arizona game was also affected.

"Honestly, you just have to find a way to deal with it," Stars general manager Jim Nill told reporters on Wednesday. "We've done it in the past, and we'll do it again. I believe the players and coaches are very focused on doing whatever is necessary."

--Field Level Media

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Dallas Stars
News

Stars place captain Jamie Benn, two others in protocol

December 29, 2021, 7:51 PM

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The Dallas Stars placed captain Jamie Benn, fellow forward Luke Glendening and defenseman Ryan Suter into the COVID-19 protocols on Wednesday.

One support staff member also entered the NHL's health and safety protocols on Wednesday, bringing the team's totals to 11 players and three support staffers on the COVID list.

Idle since Dec. 20, the Stars are scheduled to resume their season Sunday against the host Arizona Coyotes.

Benn, 32, has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 29 games this season.

Glendening, 32, has eight pints (five goals, three assists) in 29 games.

Suter, 36, has 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 29 games.

They joined Radek Faksa, Jani Hakanpaa, Miro Heiskanen, Roope Hintz, Joel Kiviranta, Esa Lindell, Michael Raffl and Jason Robertson in the protocols.

--Field Level Media