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John Klingberg broke a tie in the third period, and the Dallas Stars defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Tuesday.
Dallas leads the best-of-7 series.
“We’re going to move forward pretty quick,” Stars captain Jamie Benn said. “To win a fourth game in any series is obviously the hardest. We expect Calgary to bring their best.”
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Game 6 is in Edmonton, the hub city for the West, on Thursday (TBD; TBA).
The team that wins Game 5 when a series is tied 2-2 is 211-58 (78.4 percent) winning a best-of-7 NHL series.
“We just have to play one good game,” Flames forward Milan Lucic said. “Our game is good enough to give us what we want and take us to where we want to go. I know we need to win two games to win the series, but we can’t think like that. We have to think about playing one really good game, bring our best game we’ve had all season long and that’s what all our focus and energy needs to go to.”
Benn scored, and Anton Khudobin made 28 saves for Dallas, the No. 3 seed in the West.
The Stars have a series record of 15-3 (.833) after leading 3-2 in a best-of-7 series.
“You don’t want to be down 3-2, so I think we’re in the right spot,” Dallas forward Andrew Cogliano said. “We have guys in our room that have been there before and know what it takes, and we have young guys that are learning as well. For us, we approach the next game, we get ready to play a good one and come out hard like we did tonight and that’s it. You’ve got to go one game at a time. We’ll leave this behind after today and go from there.”
Mikael Backlund scored, and Cam Talbot made 30 saves for Calgary, the No. 6 seed.
The Flames have a series record of 0-9 after trailing 3-2 in a best-of-7 series.
“It’s the first time we’ve been in a 2-2 situation going into a Game 5 when you know the winner has an upper hand in terms of not having to play an elimination game in Game 6,” Calgary coach Geoff Ward said. “I thought our guys were a little nervous in the first (period).”
Klingberg, who assisted on Alexander Radulov‘s overtime winner in Game 4, scored his first goal of the postseason on a wrist shot from the point to put the Stars up 2-1 at 1:12 of the third.
“I think (Mattias) Janmark did a great job picking up the puck on the boards on his backhand, holding onto it and finding me on the weak side,” Klingberg said. “That’s something we’ve talked about as a team, trying to get more O-zone. … He took control of the puck, had a guy on his back and still made a play, so I could just wrist that shot through, and luckily it went in.”
Rasmus Andersson hit the post for the Flames on a shot from the slot at 6:03, and Khudobin made a glove save on Erik Gustafsson‘s slap shot at 18:06.
“It’s going to be tough,” Andersson said. “You’ve got to play one good game, get on the forecheck, get more pucks to the net. I don’t know what the shots were today (32-29 for Dallas), but I still think we can put more pucks to the net and try to work them more down low.”
Benn drove to the net and redirected a pass from Tyler Seguin to put Dallas ahead 1-0 with a shorthanded goal at 10:13 of the first.
Backlund scored on a shot through traffic from the high slot to tie it 1-1 with 46 seconds remaining in the period.
Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk, who has not played since he was injured in Game 2, was unfit to play, as was Stars goalie Ben Bishop, who started and won Game 2 but was out for Game 4.
As part of the NHL Return to Play Plan, a team is not permitted to disclose player injury or illness information.
NHL.com staff writer Tracey Myers contributed to this report