Stars use big rally to eliminate Flames in Game 6 of Western First Round

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Denis Gurianov scored four of seven straight goals for the Dallas Stars in a 7-3 win against the Calgary Flames in Game 6 to win their Western Conference First Round series at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Thursday.

Gurianov scored three times in a five-goal second period after Dallas fell behind 3-0 6:34 into the game.

It is the sixth time a team has trailed 3-0 in the first period then rallied to win a series-ending game.

Miro Heiskanen had one goal and three assists for the Stars, who are 16-3 when leading a best-of-7 series 3-2. Anton Khudobin made 38 saves.

Dallas, the No. 3 seed, will play the No. 2 seed Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Second Round.

Johnny Gaudreau scored for the Flames, the No. 6 seed in the West. Cam Talbot made 11 saves on 15 shots, and David Rittich made six saves on nine shots to end the second period.

Heiskanen got the Stars within 3-1 with a power-play goal at 9:36 of the first, and Gurianov scored 59 seconds into the second to make it 3-2.

Gurianov scored again at 2:25 to tie it 3-3. Talbot, who entered the game with a 2.17 goals against average and .934 save percentage in the playoffs, was replaced by Rittich after the goal.

Radek Faksa put Dallas up 4-3 at 5:47, and Joe Pavelski made it 5-3 at 7:22.

Gurianov completed his first Stanley Cup Playoff hat trick on a 1-on-1 to put Dallas up 6-3 at 15:30. He scored on Talbot, who replaced Rittich to start the third period, at 9:02 for the 7-3 final.

Calgary, 0-10 when trailing a best-of-7 series 3-2, scored three goals on their first eight shots.

Andrew Mangiapane scored at 3:42 to put Calgary up 1-0, and Gaudreau extended the lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal at 5:38. Rasmus Andersson made it 3-0 at 6:34.

The Dallas rally from 3-0 down was the first since Calgary defeated the Vancouver Canucks 7-4 in Game 6 of the 2015 Western Conference First Round.

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