Flames shut out Stars in Game 3, take lead in Western First Round

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Cam Talbot made 35 saves for the Calgary Flames in a 2-0 win against the Dallas Stars in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Friday.

Talbot’s shutout was his second this postseason and fourth in his career in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Flames lead the best-of-7 series 2-1. Teams that win Game 3 after an NHL playoff series is tied 1-1 are 215-106 (67 percent) winning a best-of-7 series.

Mikael Backlund and TJ Brodie scored for Calgary, the No. 6 seed in the West. Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk did not play after he left Game 2 on Thursday in the third period following a collision with Jamie Oleksiak and Jamie Benn.

Anton Khudobin made 21 saves for the Stars, the No. 3 seed in the West.

Game 4 of the best-of-7 series is in Edmonton, the West hub city, on Sunday (2 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, SN, FS-SW).

Backlund scored a shorthanded goal at 5:58 of the second period to put Calgary up 1-0. It is the third shorthanded goal this postseason, and second in as many days, for the Flames, who scored six times while on the penalty kill in 70 regular-season games.

Brodie made it 2-0 at 10:36 of the third period on a slap shot from the high slot.

Talbot’s best save came against Tyler Seguin alone in tight at 16:11 to preserve the shutout.

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