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

Stars stop Flames, send series to Game 7 in Calgary

May 14, 2022, 4:34 AM

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Miro Heiskanen scored the winning goal and the host Dallas Stars forced Game 7 in their Western Conference first-round series against the Calgary Flames with a 4-2 home-ice victory on Friday.

Roope Hintz and Michael Raffl each had a goal and an assist and Tyler Seguin added an empty-net tally for the Stars. Jake Oettinger made 36 saves for the win.

Michael Stone collected one goal and one assist, and Mikael Backlund also scored for the Flames. Jacob Markstrom stopped 36 shots.

Game 7 will be Sunday in Calgary.

After watching their 2-0 lead disappear, the Stars regrouped and regained the edge with 2:28 left in the second period. Heiskanen's shot from the high slot found its way through the maze of players for his first of the series and made it a 3-2 game.

Seguin sealed the victory with 42 seconds remaining in the third period.

Hintz opened the scoring 14:52 into the first period. Seconds after Oettinger denied Johnny Gaudreau on a golden chance, the Stars took the puck the other way. Joe Pavelski left a drop-pass for Hintz, who buried a shot from the left faceoff dot for his second goal of the series.

Raffl doubled the lead at 6:04 of the second period. Joel Kiviranta outbattled Oliver Kylington for the puck at the Calgary blue line, only to be denied by Markstrom. However, Raffl shoveled home the loose puck for his second goal of the playoffs.

Stone provided the Flames a much needed jolt two minutes later. Gaudreau led a three-on-one rush and fed a pass to Stone to convert for his first goal of the playoffs.

Backlund's third tally in as many games tied the clash at 11:59 of the second period. Just as a power play ended, Backlund sent a one-timer from the right circle that Oettinger stopped, but it bounced off a defender and into the net.

The Flames also took a huge roster hit. Defenseman Christopher Tanev left the game before the midway point after going down awkwardly in a collision when Raffl scored.

--Field Level Media

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

Flames look for new gear, try to clinch in Dallas

May 12, 2022, 9:39 PM

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The Calgary Flames have every right to feel positive vibes following a comeback victory and Friday night can clinch their Western Conference opening-round series against the Stars by winning Game 6 in Dallas.

The Flames scored three third-period goals in Game 5 Wednesday, rallying from down 1-0 for a 3-1 victory at home.

But as the Flames carry a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, Calgary coach Darryl Sutter provided a very pointed message.

"(Winning) Game 3 is a lot tougher than winning Game 2, and a lot of our players have never won a Game 3," Sutter said. "And (winning) Game 4 will be a lot tougher than Game 3."

As Pacific Division champions the Flames were the deserved favorites entering the series but have been given all they can handle by a Stars team that didn't clinch a spot until they claimed a wild-card berth with one regular-season game remaining.

Maybe -- and it's a big maybe -- the Flames have finally cracked the code to solving Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger (who has a sparkling 1.63 goals-against average and .956 save percentage in the series) and/or the Stars have run out of whatever magic has kept them in a series in which they've been continually outplayed.

More likely, though, the Flames must find yet another gear to reach the second round.

"Building off that third period -- playing our game, playing with confidence and not deviating from our system," Flames forward Andrew Mangiapane said when asked what his team needed to do in Dallas. "We're a good team when all lines are going, all three (defense) pairs. Just got to keep grinding them down and sticking to the system."

The Stars certainly have had their troubles in the series, even though they have two wins. Calgary holds a 182-127 edge in shots and by every advanced statistic has been the better squad. In the last two games -- both Calgary victories -- the Flames were the better team in the third period and broke open tight clashes.

In the third period of Game 5, Dallas managed only five shots on goal Wednesday night, yet had a golden chance with a late power play while it was still a 2-1 score. They failed to even put a single puck on net during the man advantage.

"They took it to another level, and we didn't," Stars coach Rick Bowness said. "We didn't handle it very well. We stayed with them for two periods, obviously. They just cranked it up in the third period and we didn't handle the puck well to give us an opportunity to spend time in their zone."

Yet, the Stars know with a strong effort in Big D, they can push the series back to Calgary for a deciding Game 7 on Sunday.

"We've always been a good home team this year," forward Jason Robertson said. "It's unfortunate that we lose (Wednesday's) game in the third period, but there are some positives to build off and we'll have to use those for next game."

One of those positives would be Robertson's goal in that loss, his first of the playoffs after a career-high 41-goal regular season.

"At this point of the year, I'm just excited that we're scoring goals," Robertson said. "I want to produce offense, and it's nice when I get to do that, but at the end of the day, it wasn't enough. There's not much to be happy about."

--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