Calgary and Dallas quickly became friends in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
On Tuesday, the second-seeded Flames met the 7-seed Stars in Game 1. Fists were flying well before the end of the first period.
Calgary forward delivered a severe blow to the heart of the initial melee Matthew Tkachuk on Dallas defenseman John KlingbergThe Stars' net was closed as the final frame of the opening frame concluded. Klingberg was then paired with his teammate. Michael RafflTkachuk was challenged by.
Tkachuk, Raffl both received fighting majors for their actions. Raffl was also penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Klingberg, Flames and Flames blueliner continue to play. Rasmus AnderssonWhile Tkachuk, Raffl were fighting, Klingberg and Andersson started a fight of their own. According to NHL rules, Klingberg was given a game misconduct — an automatic ejection — after engaging in another fight.
It made for a very lively opening to series as it left both sides without any key piece of their blue lines for much of the evening.
Klingberg scored 47 points in 74 games during the regular season for Dallas. He also logged the third-most time per night at 22:13. Andersson led the Flames in ice time, at 22:40 per match. He also added 50 points in 82 games.
Calgary led Dallas 1-0 in the third period of Game 1. Elias Lindholm.