The Calgary Flames underlined their playoff ambitions in a duel between two teams from the Western Conference with a 6-5 away win against the Dallas Stars.
The first goal was scored after just 25 seconds: Mangiapane got the Canadians off to a flying start, which the Texans didn’t catch for a long time. In the power play, Lewis (9./PP) makes it 2-0, but in another outnumbered game by the Flames, Benn (16./SH) scores the goal.
Dallas keeps up well from now on, but Calgary remains more dangerous and puts in a furious eight minutes in the middle section. First Lindholm (31./PP) made it 3-1, a little later Kadri (34.) made it 4-1. Andersson (37′) and Tanev (38′) conceded goals five and six to Stars keeper Wedgewood.
Crazy final third
46 seconds before the break, Dallas gave another important sign of life in the form of Seguin (40th) and took the psychological advantage of the late goal into the final period.
There, at the latest, after the 3: 6 by Pavelski (48th) one draws hope again, with another goal Pavelski (53rd) finally brings the American Airlines Center to a boil. Miller (56th) actually brings the Stars within a goal, but Calgary brings the narrow lead over time.
The Stars miss out on the leap to the top of the Western Conference standings, while the Calgary Flames secure their first wildcard spot.