What you need to know about Game 7 of Sunday’s first round between the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome:
First Round – Game 7 (Series tie 3-3)
When: Sunday May 15 at 8:30pm CT
From where: Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary, AB
TV: Bally Sports South West (Josh Bogorad, Daryl “Razor” Reaugh, Lauren Callender, Brien Rea, Brent Severyn, Michelle McMahon) / ESPN2
Radio: The ticket 96.7-FM, 1310-AM (Josh Bogorad, Daryl “Razor” Reaugh, Owen Newkirk, Bruce LeVine)
Online stream: Bally sports
Live Stats: NHL GameCenter
Official watch party: legacy hall (7800 Windrose Avenue, Plano, TX 75024)
Win or go home
• Victory counts in Sunday night’s Game 7 at the Scotiabank Saddledome after the Stars leveled the series with a 4-2 win in Game 6 at the American Airlines Center.
• Roop Hintz and Michael Raffl each scored a goal and an assist while Tyler Seguin and Miro Heiskanen added targets. Jake Oettinger stopped 36 of 38 shots for his third straight win.
• According to NHL statistics, Heiskanen (22 years 299 days) became the fourth youngest player in franchise history to score the deciding goal in a potential elimination game behind Roman Lyashenko (21 years 25 days; Game 7 of 2000 CF ), Dino Ciccarelli (22 years, 61 days; Game 3 from 1982 DSF) and Steve Payne (22 years, 276 days; Game 4 from 1981 SCF).
• Heiskanen was also the first Stars/North Stars defenseman to score in a potential series eliminator since Trevor Daley scored twice in Game 6 of the 2014 first round against Anaheim.
• Sunday’s match against the Flames marks the 15th time the franchise has appeared in a Game 7 and the eighth since the team moved to Dallas (since 1993).
• The franchise (since 1967) owns an all-time 6-8 record in Game 7, including a 3-5 mark on the road.
• The team’s last Game 7 came during the 2020 Western Conference second round against Colorado in Edmonton. The Stars defeated the Avalanche 5-4 in overtime Joel Kiviranta‘s game-winning goal. Played in the Edmonton “bubble” as part of the league’s 2019-20 return-to-play plan, it was the first Game 7 in NHL history to be played in a city where neither club is home is based.
• The Stars’ last real away game came in 2019 in the Western Conference second round against St. Louis, a 2-1 loss in overtime.
• Since moving to Dallas (since 1993), the Stars are 3-4 in Game 7 and 1-2 en route.
• Joe Pavelski leads the Stars with eight career appearances (seven with San Jose, one with Dallas) in Game 7 and has a 6-2 record and six points (three goals, three assists) in those eight competitions.
• Pavelski appeared in Game 7 on Saturday and was 13th for most Game 7 appearances among active players.
• Seguin is second on the team with six appearances (four with Boston, two with Dallas), a 4-2 record and two points (one goal, one assist).
• Four-Star players have three Career Game 7s (Jamie Benn, Radek Faksa, John Klingerberg and Vladislav Namestnikov), seven players have two career Game 7s (Roop Hintzheiskanen, Esa Lindell, Alexander RadulovMichael Raffl, Ryan Suter and Andrei Sekera) and four have a career appearance (Luke Glendening, Denis Guryanov, Joel Hanley and Kiviranta).
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or the Dallas Stars Hockey Club.
Kyle Schohara is Digital Manager for DallasStars.com and writes about the Stars/NHL. Follow him on Twitter @kyleshohara.