What you need to know about Sunday’s Game 7 first round between the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome:
First Act – Game 7 (series 3-3)
When: Sunday, May 15 at 20:30 CT
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary, AB
TELEVISION: Southwest Bally Sports (Josh Bogorad, Daryl “Razor” Reaugh, Lauren Callender, Brien Rea, Brent Severyn, Michelle McMahon) / ESPN2
Radio: Ticket 96.7-FM, 1310-AM (Josh Bogorad, Daryl “Razor” Reaugh, Owen Newkirk, Bruce LeVine)
Online stream: Football
Live stats: NHL Game Center
Official watch party: Inheritance Hall (7800 Windrose Ave, Plano, TX 75024)
Win or go home
• It all boils down to Game 7 winner-take-all Sunday night at Scotiabank Saddledome after the Stars evened the draw with a 4-2 win in Game 6 at the American Airlines Center.
• Roope Instructions and Michael Rafli scored one goal and one assist each, while Tyler Seguin and Miro Heiskanen extra goals. Jake Oettinger stopped 36 of 38 shots for his third win in the series.
• Per NHL Stats, Heiskanen (22 years, 299 days) becomes the fourth youngest player in franchise history to score the winning goal in a potentially eliminated game behind Roman Lyashenko (21 years, 25 days; Game 7 years 2000 CF), Dino Ciccarelli ( 22 years, 61 days; Game 3 of 1982 DSF) and Steve Payne (22 years, 276 days; Game 4 of 1981 SCF).
• Heiskanen also became the first Stars/North Stars defender to score in a potential tie elimination game since Trevor Daley scored twice in Game 6 of the 2014 First Round vs. Anaheim.
• Sunday’s contest against the Flames was the franchise’s 15th time appearing in Game 7, and eighth since the team moved to Dallas (1993-present).
• The franchise (1967-present) has an all-time record of 6-8 in Game 7s, including a score of 3-5 on the road.
• The team’s most recent Game 7 took place during the 2020 Western Conference Second Round vs. Colorado in Edmonton. The Stars beat Avalanche in extra time, 5-4, on Joel Kivirantawinning goal. Played in Edmonton’s ‘bubble’ under the league’s 2019-20 Return to Play plan, it marked the first Game 7 in NHL history to be played in a city that is not home to either club.
• The Stars’ final street game was in the 2019 Western Conference Second Round vs. St. Louis, with a 2-1 double loss through extra time.
• Since moving to Dallas (1993-present), Star is 3-4 in Game 7s and 1-2 on the road.
• Joe Pavelski led the Stars with eight career appearances (seven with San Jose, one with Dallas) in Game 7s, posting a 6-2 record and six points (three goals, three assists) in eight contests.
• Entering Saturday in Game 7, Pavelski is ranked 13th for the most Game 7 appearances among active players.
• Seguin is second in the team with six appearances (four with Boston, two with Dallas), a 4-2 record and two points (one goal, one assist).
• Four Stars players have three Game 7 careers (Jamie Benn, Radek Faksa, John Klingberg and Vladislav Namestnikov), seven players have two Game 7 careers (Roope Instructionsheiskanen, Esa Lindell, Alexander RadulovMichael Rafl, Ryan Suter and Andrej Sekera) and four had one career appearance (Luke Glendening, Denis Gurianov, Joel Hanley and Kiviranta).
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Kyle Shohara is the Digital Manager for DallasStars.com and writes about Stars/NHL. Follow him on Twitter @kyleshohara.