Dillon Dube scores two points as Calgary Flames beat Dallas Stars to strike first in first round series


EDMONTON – Dillon Dube and his teammates may be third in the Calgary Flames depth chart, but they’re making headlines in the NHL playoffs.Dube scored twice on Tuesday when he was a teammate Milan Lucic and Sam Bennett stuck players in the draws and won battles with the puck in a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of their NHL first-round playoff series.

It was a continuation of their best-of-five qualifying round game, when they scored four goals and nine points and set a physical tone in a 3-1 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets.

“At the start of the game we knew it had to be like (the) Winnipeg (streak): get on them and pick up the pace right away,” Dube said after the afternoon’s competition in an empty Rogers Place .

“We were lucky to have these two right away to take the lead at the start and we kind of kept rolling with that for the rest of the game. It was good.

“Our line must continue to play this simple game which leads to this success. ”

Rasmus Andersson broke a 2-2 draw for eighth-seeded Calgary. Denis Gurianov and Jamie Benn replied for Dallas, who earned a brace in the classification round to take third place in the Western Conference.

The first goal came on the power play, with the Dallas winger Alexandre Radulov off for interference. Lucic threw a cross pass to Dube, who once managed a shot past the Dallas goalkeeper outstretched glove Anton Khudobin.

As the Flames celebrated, Radulov swore a blue streak to the referees as he returned to the Stars bench.

Dube’s second goal was a highlight, stripping the Dallas defenseman, third pair Andrej Sekera.

Hitting the right wing, Dube got around Sekera widely, dived past the net, held the puck and passed it past an extended Khudobin.

“I arrived with a certain speed. At that point, I just wanted to challenge him. If the worst were to get worse, we’d be fighting right around the corner, ”said Dube, 22, a second-round pick. (56th overall) in 2016.

“Fortunately, I stepped on him and was able to reach the net. ”

Hailing from Golden, British Columbia, Dube has had a busy time. He then left to cross-check the Dallas forward Jason Dickinson head first in the boards. (“It’s a dangerous game. I’ll call it every time,” a referee could be heard barking at Dube in the empty arena).

Dube jumped out of the penalty area and caught the puck on a breakaway, but was foiled on Khudobin’s shot.

Dallas pushed back in the second period, stabbing the Calgary goaltender Cam Talbot with shots to even the score.

Gurianov shot a wrist shot from the blue line that appeared to bounce off the Calgary defender’s back TJ Brodie and inside. Nine seconds later, Benn stabbed a punch from the blue line that bounced past Talbot, under his stick arm, and into it.

Calgary regained the lead late in the period, with Sekera again playing a leading role. Andersson whipped the puck from the right face-off circle and it deflected off Sekera’s stick and over Khudobin’s shoulder.

Sekera said he was playing the odds: “I just tried to take the middle out and let it shoot at the wrong angle. I tried to put a stick in there and block it, but it went off my stick. These things happen in sports. ”

The game also featured a team super Ravager title fight. Corey Perry and Calgary Matthew Tkachuk. The two dropped the gloves of the draw in the first period and traded hay before Tkachuk knocked Perry down.

Both are famous for their antics, before and after the whistle, which ends up under the skin of opponents. In the second period, Lucic confused Perry for shooting the puck after the whistle.

Dallas Defender Miro Heiskanen said the Stars weren’t ready when the puck fell.

“We weren’t good in the first half. We have to be at the start of the game straight away and that’s why we lost today, ”said Heiskanen.

Perry added, “They were ready and I thought our last two periods are the best way we want to play. ”

Khudobin started in place of the Stars’ No. 1 goalie, Ben Bishop. A three-time Vezina Trophy nominee, Bishop was absent for two of the three round robin placement round games, but was dressed for the Calgary competition. Khudobin looked sharp in the final game of the All-Star round robin, a 2-1 shootout win over St. Louis.

Each team had 26 moves.

The game was a microcosm of the Stars’ season: solid defense, not enough offense.

The four best defenders – Jamie Oleksiak, Heiskanen, John Klingberg and Ce Lindell – allowed some rebounds or close shots.

But the offense failed. Team top scorer Tyler Seguin (17 goals, 50 points in the regular season) returned to the roster after being ruled unfit for two of the round robin games, but failed a shot on goal and was minus-1.

Dallas has averaged 2.58 goals per game (26th in the NHL) in the regular season and has only scored five times (once in a shootout) in three round robin games.

But they allowed 2.52 goals per game on average. Only the Boston Bruins were more stingy (2.39).

This is the first time these two teams have met in the playoffs since the Stars moved to Dallas. Calgary faced the Minnesota North Stars in the final four in the spring of 1981, losing 4-2.

The second game will take place on Thursday evening.

All Western Conference postseason games are played at Rogers Place. Players also remain isolated to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 11, 2020.


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