Stars, Jake Oettinger Blank Flames to series

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CALGARY, Alberta — Jake Oettinger made 29 saves and made his first postseason shutout in his second career playoff start to lift the Dallas Stars 2-0 over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night to even their one-game first-round streak .

Joe Pavelski scored and Michael Raffl added an empty goal for the Stars.

The best-of-seven conference quarterfinal series heads to the American Airlines Arena in Dallas for Game 3 on Saturday and Game 4 on Monday. The Flames opened the series with a 1-0 win on Tuesday.

Calgary’s Jacob Markstrom stopped 21 of 22 shots.

“Only the win counts,” said Oettinger. “They have a great goalkeeper at the other end and we know it’s going to be tight so for me the margin for error is very low.”

The Flames overtook the Stars 12-7 in the third period. Raffl hit the empty net with 1:09 to go.

“Our goal was to go to Dallas and still win two games, so that doesn’t really change our mindset,” Flames forward Tyler Toffoli said.

Jake Oettinger makes one of his 29 saves in the Stars’ 2-0 Game 2 win over the Flames.

Overplayed in the opening period, Calgary generated more scoring chances for an 11-7 edge on shots in the second. However, the Flames failed at Oettinger and missed the target on the few rebounds allowed by the goaltender.

“They are a good defensive team. I thought we’d have a lot of scoring chances tonight,” Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau said. “Your goalkeeper played well. A couple of 2v1s, breakaways thought we did a good job in their own zone but had to score, hold me down and put the puck in the net (start) with myself.

To create more offense, Stars coach Rick Bowness continued to play forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin on separate lines, as he did in the second and third periods of the series opener.

“There’s not much room out there,” Bowness said. “There isn’t much room for them or us. You have to work for whatever you get.”

After failing to register a net shot in Game 1, Pavelski scored the first goal of the series for the Stars at 7:47 of the first period on a Flames turnover in the defending zone.

Defenseman Noah Hanifin put the puck off the boards onto Jason Robertson’s stick inside the blue line. Pavelski deflected Robertson’s shot over Markstrom’s glove.

Johnny Gaudreau appeared to score 43 seconds for Calagry but his breakaway goal was ruled out for offside.

Matthew Tkachuk and John Klingberg renewed hostilities from the first game, in which Tkachuk Klingberg pounded the gang behind Calgary’s net late in the first half.

Tkachuk checked Klingberg, who scored a rough penalty after Gaudreau’s unrecognized goal to send both men inside the box.

The Stars went scoreless on two power-play chances and were 0-7 in their first two games of the series. The Flames went 0-3 on Thursday, scoring a power-play goal in eight chances in their first two games. Stars, Jake Oettinger Blank Flames to series

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