Dillon Dube scored two goals to help the Calgary Flames defeat the Dallas Stars 3-2 in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Tuesday.
Teams that win Game 1 are 478-219 (68.6 percent) winning a best-of-7 NHL playoff series.
Rasmus Andersson scored the game-winner, and Cam Talbot made 24 saves for the Flames, the No. 6 seed in the West.
Anton Khudobin made 23 saves for the Stars, the No. 3 seed in the West.
Game 2 is in Edmonton, the West hub city, on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, FS-SW).
Andersson put Calgary up 3-2 at 16:01 of the second period with a shot over Khudobin’s blocker from the right face-off circle after Dallas scored twice in nine seconds to tie the game.
Denis Gurianov‘s point shot deflected off Flames defenseman TJ Brodie in the slot at 10:52 of the second, and Jamie Benn‘s wrist shot from the point bounced by Talbot at 11:01 to make it 2-2. They were the fastest two postseason goals in Stars/Minnesota North Stars history.
Calgary killed a 6-on-4 for the final 50 seconds of the third period with defenseman Mark Giordano in the penalty box for delay of game.
Dube put Calgary up 1-0 at 10:54 of the first period when he one-timed a cross-ice pass from Milan Lucic on the power play.
Lucic, who had four points (one goal, three assists) in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers against the Winnipeg Jets, 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.
Khudobin stopped Dube on a breakaway at 16:01.
But Dube made it 2-0 at 18:02 when he drove wide and cut to the net before wrapping the puck around Khudobin.
Dallas defenseman Stephen Johns (unfit to play) left the game after the second period and did not return.