CALGARY, ALBERTA (AP) – Johnny Gaudro saw the puck bounce in his way, so he ran up, slapped it into the net – and sent the Calgary Flames to victory in the 7th game.

Gaudro scored 15:09 in overtime beat the Calgary of the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Sunday night, giving the Flames only their second win in a playoff series in 17 years.

“You dream of such things,” Gaudro said, “to score in the 7th game in overtime.”

Gaudro got a rebound from Elias Lindholm’s attempt and inflict a sharp shot over Jake Oettinger, who made 64 saves for Dallas – the franchise record for the number of stops in the 7th game.

“You go in overtime with Jake, you know that to beat him, you need a perfect shot, and it was a perfect shot,” said Stars coach Rick Bowness. “Johnny made a great shot right under the bar. There is nothing that you can do about it. “

Tyler Tofalli and Matthew Tkachuk scored their first goals of the series, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 shots and gave the assist to the Flames, which will face the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference semifinals in the first post-season 1991 battle of Alberta. The series opens Wednesday in Calgary.

“I’ve been here for nine years and never had a chance to play with them in the playoffs, so it’s pretty special,” Gaudro said. “It will be a lot of fun, good for the province, it will be a lot of fun for them, for us. It’s going to be a pretty cool show. “

Oettinger became the second player in NHL history to make 60 or more saves in the 7th game since 1955, when goal kicks were first tracked. Kelly Hrudi of the New York Islanders made 73 saves in a 3-2 win over Washington in 1987 in four overtimes.

“He played a damn game,” said Stars captain Jamie Ben. “I haven’t seen too many of these. I mean, if it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t even be close to overtime and we wouldn’t have a chance to win. “

Ben and Vladislav Namesnikov praised the 23-year-old Oettinger for his performance.

“Just keep your head down,” Oettinger said, his teammates told him. “Obviously it’s boring and some of those guys you don’t know if you’re going to play with ever again, so it’s a really hard pill to swallow.”

Bownes called Oettinger a “franchise goalkeeper, no doubt.”

Daryl Sutter of Calgary improved to 8-3 in Game 7 – the highest number of coach wins in these situations in NHL history. He has also won every of the last five matches in the 7th game.

“I don’t care too much,” Sutter said. “Not many guys have done it and not many get a chance to do it. That’s what you’re training for to win the series. “

After reaching the Stanley Cup final in 2004, when Calgary lost to Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games – 2005 was a year of lockouts – the Flames did not win another playoff series until 2015, when Calgary Was knocked out in the second round by Anaheim. .

The Calgary outscored Dallas 52-23 in three periods, but the score came to a standstill in the first overtime of the series.

“We deserved the win,” Sutter said.

Ettinger stopped Gaudro at the threshold of about an 11-minute third mark, and then Markstrom turned away from Jacob Petersen during the break.

The Flames tied for No. 2 in the second period on Tkachuk’s goal a second after Dallas’ small penalty was over. Markstrom headed off Gaudro’s puck, which killed Tkachuk after a sharp blow to the top corner at 8:44.

In the first period, the “Flames” beat Dallas 17-8, but the “Stars” led 1-0 at the gate of Ben in 40 seconds of play. Tyler Sagin was on the side of the net when he fed Ben in the middle of the slot, and the Stars captain defeated Markstrom.

At 1:46 of the second period Toffoli scored Oliver Killington’s shot from the boards just in the blue line, making the score 1-1.

Dallas regained the lead 31 seconds later when the Viceroys once punched his wrist past Markstrom.

“They played so hard with us and made us earn every inch,” Tkachuk said. “It was one of the best feelings I had in hockey when it happened to Johnny.”


In the 7th game in Dallas there was no central Rupa Hinz (upper body injury) and striker Luke Glending (lower body). … Forward star Radek Fax (upper body) did not play in the third period. … Calgary’s top-back defender Chris Tanev has also been scratched with an undetected injury.

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