The Calgary Flames defeated the Dallas Stars in the first game of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Tuesday. The Flames are No. 6 seed in the Western Conference and won the game with a score of 3-2.
Dillion Dube put Calgary up 1-0 at 10:54 during the first period when he shot a cross-ice pass from Milan Lucic during a power play. Previously during this playoff season, Lucic had four points (one goal, three assists) against the Winnipeg Jets.
Lucic is the first Flames player with at least one point in each of their first five games in a postseason since Jarome Iginla and Daymond Langkow in 2006. Dube scored his second goal of the game making the score 2-0 at 18:02 during the first period. The goal happened after Dube had driven wide and cut to the net before wrapping the puck around Anton Khudobin.
Denis Gurianov‘s point shot deflected off Flames defenseman TJ Brodie in the slot at 10:52 during the second period making the score 2-1. Nine seconds later in the game, Jamie Benn’s shot from the point got by Cam Talbot at 11:01 making the score 2-2. Their goals are the fastest two postseason goals in Stars/Minnesota North Stars history. Rasmus Andersson scored the game-winning goal for Calgary bringing the score up to 3-2 at 16:01 during the second period. Anderson scored after shooting over Khudobin’s blocker from the right face-off circle. Dallas defenseman Stephen Johns, who is currently unfit to play, left the game after the second period and did not return.
Calgary dominated a 6-on-4 during the last 50 seconds of the third period with defenseman Mark Giordano in the sin bin for delay of game. Khudobin saved 23 shots during the first game for the Stars, who are currently the No. 3 seed in the West. Game 2 between these two teams will be held in Edmonton, the West hub city, on Thursday 10:30 p.m. ET.