Last night’s game featured 6 goals between the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames, twice the number of goals from games 1 and 2 combined. But while the offense has finally gone up, the game was somewhat similar in many respects, giving us a much clearer picture of how the series has been shaping up. Takeaway so far:
- Both teams are playing very Physically – Calgary was excelling in Game 1, Dallas in Game 3 and they are both equal in between. In total, Dallas has 100 results versus Calgary’s 92.
- As a side effect of the body, rulers invoke a Much of penalties. It has been so far, with Dallas posting 63 PIM points versus 61 for Calgary. In total, there were 45 called-up penalties (about 2.75 minutes each), and last night was the first time any of them have been called up in the third (3) period.
- Despite all these penalties, the special teams lacked the sparkle. Calgary went 1/12 in strong play, scoring on his first goals and 0 for 11 since. Dallas similarly went 1/11, although they I started 0 for 10 before finally scoring the winner of last night’s game.
- the flames do not As John Klingberg – kicked out in Game 1 for fighting, Matthew Tkachuk dropped the gloves with him for about a minute in both games 2 and 3, then entered else A fight with Andrew Magianban at the third last night. As a result, Klingberg has 26 team leadership points (!) PIM, twice as much as Michael Ravel’s 13 (no other Stars player has more than 2).
- The matches were close, with no team leading by two goals (except for the empty nets). This is largely due to excellent scoring on both sides of the ice – eleven goalkeepers started all three of their team’s games this post-season, and Jake Oettinger (.969) and Jacob Markstrom (0.942) were first and third in SV% among them. .
This last point is particularly poignant – Dallas may advance in the series 2-1, but the margin of error is very thin. There were a lot of weird bounces or deflections (especially last night), although we haven’t yet seen a “scary” target. All it takes is one, though, and you’ll likely decide the game.
Since this game featured quite a few “real” goals, I thought we’d turn things around a bit and take a look at each of them, plus a couple more chances to score. We will go in chronological order:
The goalkeeper’s best friend
Full disclosure: Although he did more saves than his first two matches, I thought this was actually a more shaky performance overall by Jake Oettinger. Not that it was bad, keep in mind that he had some issues with recoil control and was rescued by a lucky couple.
Situation and point, this shot here – Oliver Killington beats Oettinger, but the puck bounces off the post and returns to his board. However, the goalkeeper is fully credited with the stars, as he immediately punched his board and lunged to the side. We’ve all seen situations where the goalkeeper backs the ball into the net because they’re not sure where it is, but Oettinger has the foresight to get away.
Goal stars #1: Radek’s advice hatching
This wasn’t exactly a set of confrontation, but it was very close. All four star players contributed to this goal:
- After Faksa wins the confrontation, Denis Gurianov immediately recovers the disc and returns it to Miro Heiskanen.
- With all but two players on the right side (the stars), Heiskanen quickly passes the ball to Esa Lindell.
- Lendl spins the disc before hitting a good shot, which in turn gives Faksa time to get past the net.
- Faksa makes his best impression on Joe Pavelski and expertly directs him to Jacob Markstrom.
Gurianov was the poor bitch who didn’t get a point to show it, but this was a total team effort and it was just beauty for a purpose.
Fish hatching for two people
Close, but no cigar – this was just a few minutes after Faksa gave Dallas the lead, and he almost extended it after being spread for a turn by Luke Glendening. Feksa had a really great first period, and although he received a bad penalty in the second, he put in a solid game overall.
Goal #1: Goalkeeper interference?
This was controversial for obvious reasons. This article by Down Goes Brown last July circulated on social media following this goal, and was even mentioned on Hockey Night in Canada. Essentially, the goalkeeper’s interference comes down to whether or not contact occurred within the crease. Milan Lucic drops Oettinger off his glove before he steps into the tuck, so it’s not an interference and it’s a good goal.
Of course, you can argue with that should To be an interference in goalkeepers, but that’s how she called it the league. For what it’s worth, that target was 100% not on Oettinger – even if it was legal contact, he still had no way of recovering in time to stop him. And unless you want to blame him for being in a situation where he is can (and did) knock and didn’t get a penalty, that’s just an unfortunate circumstance.
Goal #2: All alone
Matthew Tkachuk, wins a plate fight.
Johnny Goudreau shovels the disc and gets a perfect pass from his stick.
Elias Lindholm, tore a shot from his desk.
– y – Calgary Flames (NHLFlames) May 8, 2022
Another Flames target, which is also difficult to install on Oettinger. The stars make an ill-advised spin from behind their net, which brings the tweaks to Johnny Goudreau. Oettinger was forced to turn the shooting angle away, so Gaudreau passed the ball into a wide open area Elias Lindholm, who scored 42 for a reason. Dallas needs someone to take the lane off or the shooting lane of Lindholm, and unfortunately they can’t do either.
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Boy it’s this sweet clip – Pavelsky makes an amazing pass, but gets one escalation by Markstrom, who has made an absolute robbery on the Heiskanen motorway. This clip correctly made the protruding pulleys, although it was quickly overshadowed by …
STAR GOAL #2: Pavlesky purges
About ten seconds into that fine save, Heiskanen fires at the puck and Pavelski pounces on the rebounding ball in his second of the chain. Honestly, Markstrom had no chance here – Heiskanen’s shot went uninterrupted and thus hit Markstrom’s box on the podiums, and even the fastest goalkeeper in the world was not able to reach the disc before Pavelski.
Heskanen does all the work
This is just a great display of Heiskanen’s raw talent. After picking up the disc after the confrontation, he moves on the boards, trapped by the Mangiapane, then frees himself for a close shot. And recovery opportunity. It yielded no goal, but that’s exactly the kind of offensive pressure that Dallas was missing in Alberta.
Tie in your troubles
Less than a minute later, we got another awesome sequence. Jason Robertson and Rob Hintz are in perfect sync here, and the bounce off Markstrom and then Hintz was one of those potential “scam” targets that didn’t happen. Hintz then pulls out a penalty immediately afterward, despite strong star-playing performances up until that point in the series, which could have been a mistake.
Superstar Goal #3: Pavlesky purges (again)
Fast forward to the third inning and the Superstars can finally score in the power game. Much like his previous goal, Pavlesky can pounce on a rebounding tackle and shoot it into the net. This was a fine play by Vladislav Namestnikov to aim for Markstrom’s painting, knowing that the Rebound had defeated him earlier (or, at least, I’ll assume that was on purpose). Markstorm was probably able to take the first shot with his gauntlet, so that’s probably what he’d like to take back.
I’m honestly surprised I haven’t seen this cut anywhere on Twitter. Although he had some tough moments here and there, Oettinger was eventually able to grapple with his dominance, perhaps his biggest moment yet. Gaudreau scored 40 goals and was T-2nd in total points among Calgary’s roster, so this breakup should have been the match-related goal.
Instead, Oettinger blocked it, and now the media can’t stop talking about how Johnny Hockey “disappeared” in the playoffs (you only need his basic help earlier). I think no one can be an offensive juggernaut like Joe Pavelsky.
After Gaudreau broke up, Dallas regained possession and returned to the attack zone, where this happened. Heiskanen’s shot rings off the crossbar, Tyler Seguin is unable to contact the bouncing disc, so Markstrom is able to stop the next follow-up shots by Seguin and Heiskanen. It didn’t matter in the end, but the stars were pretty close to highlighting this game with just over three minutes left.
You may have noticed that the name Heiskanen appears a lot in these highlights. The Finnish star was the best player on the ice last night, earning assists for his problem as well as several scoring opportunities and (as always) solid defensive play.
Miro Heskanen has played 78:00 minutes in this series so far and the stars haven’t given up a single goal in that time
– Dmitriy Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) May 8, 2022
He was the second highest-grossing star player after Oettinger in the series, and frankly the gap isn’t as far away as you might think. If the stars can pull off the upset against Calgary, Heskanen’s outstanding play will be one of the main reasons for that.
Objective #4: Empty nitrate
There’s not much to say here – it’s an empty netter. But kudos to Jani Hakanba for taking a brief moment to scavenge the ice and create the Hintz, instead of just throwing it on the ice blindly. It wouldn’t have made a difference, but I’m sure Hintz appreciates the basic padding.
In general, a solid (and fun!) game of stars. And what about that separating atmosphere at the American Airlines Center? Splitting the first two games essentially gave Dallas the home ice advantage in a five-game series, and they benefited from their first game. Hopefully they can keep the momentum going and advance in two games on Monday.