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Oleksiak Pushes Stars Past Flames in Game Two

Oleksiak Pushes Stars Past Flames in Game Two

First Period

Dillon Dube picked up right he left off last game, 22 seconds into the first period.  The goal felt especially deflating after his previous two goal game.

Stars answered shortly thereafter, when Alexander Radulov won a puck battle in front of the net off of a rebound, as the Stars tied the game at one.

There was plenty of discussion after whistles between the two teams, and it was clear the they did not like each other.  The Lucic, Bennett, and Dube line was looking particularly feisty.

Towards the end of the period, Heiskanen read a play and jumped into the attack, giving the Stars a one goal advantage, after a hard nosed play by Radulov.

The score was 2-1 in favor of Dallas, at the end of the first period.

Second Period

Shortly after the Stars were unable to convert on a powerplay chance early in the period, Heiskanen snuck in his second goal of the night, from the far side boards.  It was a bit of a weak goal on Talbot, but it shifted the momentum in Dallas’ favor.

Later, after a Stars faceoff win, the puck was chipped up the boards, but the Calgary point kept the puck in and fired it on net.  As the puck was bouncing around it snuck past Bishop on the near side post, making it a one goal game again.

Following the goal, the Stars were given a powerplay.  Roope Hintz walked in from the point and blasted one on net.  Corey Perry notched the fourth Dallas Stars goal on the powerplay, after knocking home a hard spirited rebound.

The period concluded 4-2.

Third Period

The Flames seemed to have closed the lead to one, after a rebound goal.  But the goal was disallowed, because the Calgary forward kicked the puck into the net.

Luck was not completely against the Flames, as Seguin received a double minor for high sticking.  Throughout the chaos of the play, Matthew Tkachuk left the ice for the second time.

Calgary was able to score a short handed goal with 7:36 left in the third period, on a nice goal over the shoulder by Tobias Rieder.  The score was 4-3, as more chippy play ensued.

Rads committed a penalty with just under four minutes remaining in the game, as he tried to race past Giordano and committed interference.  Sam Bennett then tied it on the powerplay, as the game was tied at four.

Corey Perry then made a great play to pass the puck across the ice to Jamie Oleksiak  for his second goal of the series.  There were less than 40 seconds remaining.

The game ended in a Stars victory.

Conclusion

Throughout the game, physicality seemed to be a focal point, with scrums and shoving running a muck.  It looks like the Flames try and pair Lucic with Klingberg as often as they can to limit his scoring abilities.

Radulov had a breakthrough game, notching a goal and an assist, but his silly penalty was the root of the Flames’ fourth goal.

Corey Perry had another good game and he seems to be going back to his old playoff form.  He recorded a goal and an assist this game, after a big fight last game.

Staff writer covering the Dallas Stars

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