Stars defeat Flames in Game 5, lead Western First Round


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.

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.

Game 6 is in Edmonton, the hub city for the West, on Thursday (TBD; TBA).

Jamie Benn scored, and Anton Khudobin made 28 saves for the Stars, the No. 3 seed in the West. Dallas has a series record of 15-3 (.833) after leading 3-2 in a best-of-7 series.

Mikael Backlund scored, and Cam Talbot made 30 saves for the Flames, the No. 6 seed. Calgary has a series record of 0-9 after trailing 3-2 in a best-of-7 series.

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 1:12 into the third to put the Stars up 2-1.

Rasmus Andersson hit the post for the Flames on a shot from the slot at 6:05, and Khudobin made a glove save on Erik Gustafsson‘s slap shot at 18:07.

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 period.

Backlund scored on a shot through traffic from the high slot to tie it 1-1 with 46 seconds remaining in the period.

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