Pavelski scores 2 as Stars take 2-1 series lead over Flames

DALLAS, TX - MAY 07: The Dallas Stars celebrate a goal scored during game 3 of the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Calgary Flames and the Dallas Stars on May 7, 2022, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. (Photo by St

Joe Pavelski scored twice and got the game-winner on the first power-play goal in the series for Dallas as the Stars beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

The Stars were 0 for 10 with an extra skater, though one of those power plays had been for only 4 seconds earlier in Game 3, before

Pavelski had made a cross-ice pass on a rush to Vladislav Namestnikov, who then took a shot that bounced of goalie Jacob Markstrom. The puck was knocked in by the 37-year-old Pavelski, whose 64 career postseason goals are the most by an American-born skater.

Jake Oettinger, the 23-year-old goalie for the Stars, had 39 saves in his first playoff game at home. It came two nights after his 29 saves in a 2-0 win at Calgary that evened the series.

Game 4 is Monday night in Dallas, before the series shifts back to Canada for Game 5 on Wednesday.

Elias Lindholm and Trevor Lewis had goals for Calgary.

After the teams traded shutouts and combined for only three goals in the two games at Calgary, they had another physical and brawling game.

Pavelski’s first goal of the game tied the game at 2 about midway through the second period, when he knocked in Heiskanen’s shot that ricocheted off Markstrom. That came only seconds after Markstrom’s off-balance rejection of a shot by Heiskanen, though the Stars were able to keep the possession alive.

Markstrom stopped 28 shots.

Faksa put the Stars up 1-0 about 8 1/2 minutes into the game when he used his stick to redirect Esa Lindell’s shot on a pass from Heiskanen right after a faceoff.

Just before that, Faksa was leveled in front of the net by Noah Hanifan before Markstrom was able to control the puck after a shot by Heiskanen.

It appeared that Lucic, who was engaged with Tyler Seguin, tried to avoid the Dallas goalie. The contact happened just outside the crease and Lucic was able to push the puck back front, where it was knocked in by Lewis.


Klingberg got a game misconduct at the end of the first period in Game 1 of the series, at the same time Tkachuk was in a fight with Michael Raffl. Klingberg also got a roughing penalty in Game 2, and added an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty later in Game 3. He has 26 penalty minutes in this series, after 34 penalty minutes in 74 regular-season games. ... Oettinger had stopped 57 shots in a row over a span of nearly 129 minutes, ending the seventh-longest postseason scoreless streak ever by a Stars goalie. ... There have been 45 penalties and 124 penalty minutes combined in the three games.