Gaudreau scores on penalty shot, Flames down Stars 4-1 to even up playoff series

Johnny Gaudreau scored on a penalty shot for the Calgary Flames in Monday's 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars to even up their playoff series at two wins apiece.

Elias Lindholm and Rasmus Andersson also scored and Mikael Backlund added an empty-net goal for Calgary, which generated three unanswered goals before Dallas countered in the third period.

Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 34 saves for the win.

Tyler Seguin scored the Stars' lone goal. Goalie Jake Oettinger stopped 50 shots in the loss.

The best-of-seven series returns to Calgary for Wednesday's Game 5 at the Saddledome, where the Flames went 25-9-7 in the regular season.

Calgary (50-21-11) topped the Pacific Division and ranked sixth in the NHL in the regular season. The No. 15 Stars (46-30-6) entered the post-season as the first wild card in the Western Conference.

The Flames won 1-0 and lost 2-0 at the Saddledome before the Stars doubled Calgary 4-2 in Game 3 at American Airlines Center.

When a best-of-seven series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 holds an all-time series record of 219-58 (. 791), according to NHL statisticians.

After nearly 16 minutes of four-on-four over the second and third games of the series, more even-strength hockey was played in Game 4.

That favoured Calgary, ranked sixth in the NHL in even-strength goals. Lindholm produced just the Flames' third of that type in the series at 11:53 of the third period.

Gaudreau from the boards fed an undefended Lindholm at the hash marks where he beat Oettinger with a low wrist shot for a 3-0 Calgary lead.

Dallas replied with a power-play goal to cut the deficit. Seguin's wrist shot off the rush beat Markstrom far side at 15:03.

After he was hooked by Stars defenceman John Klingberg on a breakaway, Gaudreau stretched Oettinger out with a backhand and scored five-hole on his penalty shot at 7:47 of the third period.

Johnny's penalty shot? Even nicer in slow-mo. pic.twitter.com/ogbOrCZN8b

— y - Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) May 10, 2022

The Flames generated more sustained offensive-zone pressure than Dallas. A tenacious Stars' defence in front of their crease continued to deny Calgary second efforts on the few rebounds Oettinger did allow.

It took a five-on-three goal at 9:41 of the second period for the Flames to finally break through.

Andersson's slap shot from just above the hashmarks beat Oettinger high-stick side after Stars Jani Hakanpaa (tripping) and Radek Faksa (high-sticking) were penalized within a 12-second span.

Markstrom and Oettinger traded heroics throughout the game.

Dallas turned the puck over deep in their zone late in the second period, but Oettinger batted away an all-alone Gaudreau attempt from close range.

Markstrom repelled Stars' forward Tyler Seguin driving to his doorstep four minutes into the period.

Calgary outshot the hosts 19-8 in a goal-free first period and held a 39-23 margin after two.

Oettinger denied Calgary's Tyler Toffoli a golden chance on a rebound in the first period. A prone Oettinger gloved Toffoli's attempt to lift the puck over the sprawling Stars' goalie at 9:14.

Gaudreau missed a few shifts early in the game. His head appeared to whiplash when he and Vladislav Namestnikov collided shoulder to shoulder in the Stars' zone.

Gaudreau went to the dressing room, but was back on the ice by the midpoint of the first period.

Flames head coach Darryl Sutter swapped forward Brett Ritchie for defenceman Michael Stone to deploy 11 forwards and seven defencemen Monday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2022.