Johnny Gaudreau wins OT to lift Calgary Flames past Dallas Stars and into the second round

He can be called Johnny Clutch.

Calgary FlamesForward Johnny GaudreauCalgary won the overtime game with the winner Dallas StarsTheir first round Stanley Cup playoff series ended on Sunday with a 3-2 victory.

The Flames have now advanced to the second round, their first since 2014-15. It will be for a full-scale Battle of Alberta:Playoff Edition against their provincial opponent, the Edmonton Oilers.

Tyler ToffoliAnd Matthew TkachukCalgary was also represented in the win. Jamie BennAnd Vladislav NamestnikovScored for Dallas

Netminder Jake OettingerStars' true MVP, however, was 60 saves by the Flames in a smothering of Dallas offensive opportunities. Jacob MarkstromCalgary: 26 shots stopped at the other end

Only 40 seconds into Game 7, Benn had the Stars ahead with a quick feed from Tyler Seguin. The 1-0 lead held up until the first period of the second when Toffoli took control to tie the game at 1-1.

Namestnikov was able to restore Dallas' one-goal advantage within 30 seconds.

Tkachuk scored his second of the series halfway through the second frame thanks to a fantastic assist by Gaudreau. This tied the game at 2-2.

Calgary maintained the pressure on the Stars, beating them 102-41 at the end of the third period. Oettinger continued to close the door, and finally Gaudreau won it for Calgary in extra frames.

Dallas had not reached the postseason since 2013-14, making this the fifth occasion. The Stars were an underdog right from Calgary's start. The Stars made it into the field as wild-card bids and were up against high-flying number one seed from the Pacific Division.

Dallas held its own however, beating the Flames in Games 2 and 3. This was due to Oettinger's outstanding goaltending.

Calgary lit up. Calgary won Game 4 and 5 by 7-2, while Dallas couldn't match their output. Oettinger made sure that their season was on the line in Game 6. He pulled off 36 stops to defeat Markstrom, the Vezina Trophy finalist, and draw Dallas into a Game7 fight.

Stars' top line of Roope Hintz, Joe PavelskiAnd Jason RobertsonThis was the team's greatest strength. They had 105 goals, 232 points and 15 points in seven playoff games. The Flames' first step to victory was slowing them down.

The Flames' best unit is still in place. Elias LindholmGaudreau as well as Tkachuk were present in the second half, but more so. This trio contributed 17 points in Calgary's postseason offensive attack. They were also a key factor in securing Game 7 with five points.

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