The Stars are back on home ice for Match 6 of the series and they now know they can’t afford any more losses if they are to make it through to the next round of the playoffs.
The series now stands at 3-2 to the Flames after they won Match 5 by three goals to one.
The Stars were winning the match 1-0 going into the third period. But a strong finish from the Flames saw them scoring three unanswered goals from Mikael Backlund, Andrew Mangiapane, and Trevor Lewis, turning the match – and possibly series – in the favour of Calgary.
Wednesday night’s win is more evidence that the tide has well and truly turned in this series.
After the first three matches, the Stars led 2-1 and were going into Match 4 on the ice at the American Airlines Arena, knowing a home win would see them go 3-1 up in the series.
And this after losing Match 1, by one goal to zero.
What happened in Match 4 could well be the turning point. Ramos Anderson opened the scoring for the Flames after 10 minutes of the second period. But by the time Tyler Seguin had pulled one back after 15 minutes of Period 3, the Stars were already 3-0 down.
The match finished 4-1 to the Flames, and it was a hammer blow to the Stars.
Next, it’s off to Washington to see if they can take their series against the Florida Panthers into a series-deciding seventh match!
Indeed, the Panthers are another team that has had to dig deep to turn a series on its head.
The Panthers now lead the Capitals 3-2, but going into Match 4, they were 2-1 down, having just been thrashed 6-1 at the Capital One Arena.
At that point, all the momentum was with the Capitals, and the Panthers seemed in disarray.
The possible turning point to the whole series could have been Carter Verhaeghe’s O|T goal for the Panthers, which squared the series at 2-2.
Just how pivotal that goal was we won’t know until the end of the series. But already, it feels like it was a game-changer.
In Match 5, the Capitals seemed to have bounced back though. At 3-0 up after 4 minutes of the second period, it looked like the Verhaeghe O|T goal had just been a blip, and the Capitals were set to take control of the series again.