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

Johnny Gaudreau scores in OT as Flames eliminate Stars

May 16, 2022, 5:38 AM

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Johnny Gaudreau scored the series-winning overtime goal and the host Calgary Flames claimed a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars in Sunday's Game 7 of their Western Conference first-round series.

Tyler Toffoli and Matthew Tkachuk also scored for the Flames, while goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 26 saves in an exhilarating game.

The Flames will face the Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs -- the first Battle of Alberta playoff meeting since 1991.

Jamie Benn and Vladislav Namestnikov replied for Dallas, but the star of the show was goalie Jake Oettinger, who made 64 saves, the second-most saves in a Game 7 loss in NHL history. Kelly Hrudey had 73 saves for the New York Islanders against the Washington Capitals in 1987.

The Flames were buzzing all over with one opportunity after another when Gaudreau lifted a sharp-angled top-shelf shot from the left wing for his first playoff overtime goal with 4:51 remaining in the first overtime period.

The Flames twice erased a deficit en route to overtime. Benn converted the game's first shot 40 seconds into the game, his first goal of the series and first in 13 playoff outings, to open the scoring.

The Flames regrouped and were rewarded when Toffoli put them on the board 116 seconds into the second period by deflecting a point shot for his first of the series.

Namestnikov restored the Dallas edge 31 seconds later with a one-timer that completed a three-way passing play off a rush up ice for his first goal of the series.

However, Tkachuk scored just after a power play expired at 8:44 of the period when he took a feed from Gaudreau and ripped a short-side wrist shot into the net for his first of the playoffs.

When the second period was over, the Flames held a 43-12 edge in shots. The second period was 26-4 for Calgary.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames
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Pressure is on Flames for Game 7 vs. Stars

May 14, 2022, 9:52 PM

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No matter how they want to spin it, the pressure is on the Calgary Flames heading into Sunday's Game 7 clash versus the visiting Dallas Stars that will decide their Western Conference first-round series.

The Pacific Division-champion Flames finished 13 points ahead of the Stars, who clinched a wild-card spot with one game remaining in the season. The Flames were among NHL's best offensively and defensively, while the Stars are the only playoff team to have scored fewer goals than they allowed during the season.

And then there's the way the Flames had their chance to clinch the series on the road in Game 6, as Dallas broke a tense tie late in the second period and went on to win 4-2. That forced the trip back to Calgary for Game 7.

A franchise that has reached the second round only twice in its last eight playoff appearances, the Flames will be severely scrutinized if they lose.

"We're ready," Elias Lindholm said. "We knew coming into the series that Dallas is good team ... but we've fought all year to have home ice in a Game 7.

"It's a new day (Saturday) and a game on Sunday. ... We're in a good spot."

What Calgary's defense corps will look like for the tilt remains to be seen. Top-pairing defenseman Chris Tanev left Friday's game in the second period following an awkward fall to the ice after which a Stars player landed on him.

Meanwhile, Nikita Zadorov had a hearing for an unpenalized hit to the head on Luke Glendening.

There was no update on Tanev's status, although he was seen without a noticeable limp when the Flames arrived home on Saturday. As for the decision regarding Zadorov, Calgary coach Darryl Sutter said, "It was a hockey hit. I totally disagree there should be a hearing when there has been slew foots in this series."

Sutter will coach his 11th career Game 7, the most in NHL history. He has a 7-3 record in his previous Game 7s.

Dallas is coming off is most complete performance of the series. Even though they squandered a 2-0 lead before pulling away, the Stars controlled much of the play, especially when the game was on the line in the third period.

"We have a confident group," forward Joe Pavelski said. "It's been a tight series. All the games have been tight, competitive, fun to play in, so yeah, I mean, we're a group, we expect to go in and win, and I'm sure they do, too. We expect the game to be similar as the first six."

After watching Calgary claim consecutive wins by overpowering them in the third period to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, the Stars responded in a big way. They have an opportunity to deliver an upset special and eliminate the Flames for the second time in three seasons.

"I know we're not supposed to still be playing, we're supposed to be on a golf vacation right now, but that wasn't our intention going in," coach Rick Bowness said. "As I said right off the bat, we didn't get into the playoffs to be somebody else's steppingstone in the second round. Here we are going into a Game 7, and our guys deserve a lot of credit."

Certainly, the Stars have earned plenty of respect for their play so far, especially with the way they -- backstopped by goaltender Jake Oettinger -- have kept the high-scoring Flames from making it a short series. Now, the test will be to see who can finish the job.

"It's going to be a war," forward Michael Raffl said. "I can't wait."

--Field Level Media

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames
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Flames' Nikita Zadorov to have player safety hearing

May 14, 2022, 5:55 PM

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Calgary Flames defenseman Nikita Zadorov will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Saturday.

The hearing follows Zadorov's illegal check to the head of Dallas Stars forward Luke Glendening in the Flames' Game 6 loss on Friday. No penalty was assessed on the play.

Glendening left the game and didn't return following the incident, which occurred at 3:50 of the second period of the game in Dallas.

The series is tied at three games each. The deciding Game 7 is scheduled for Sunday night in Calgary.

On the season, the 27-year-old Zadorov had 22 points (four goals, 18 assists) in 74 games. He has two assists in the six games of the playoff series.

Glendening, 33, had 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) and skated in all 82 games this season. He has not scored in this series.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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