Winger Denis Gurianov and the Dallas Stars pulled off quite a trick, turning a big early deficit into a lopsided series-clinching victory.
Gurianov scored four goals, including a hat trick in the second period while also assisting on the go-ahead score, and Dallas rallied from a three-goal deficit to a 7-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night to wrap up the first-round playoff series in six games.
The Stars, with their most goals in a playoff game since moving to Dallas, became the first team in NHL playoff history to go from a three-goal deficit to a four-goal lead. They were down 3-0 only about 6 1/2 minutes into the game before the they even had a shot on a goal and called a timeout.
“It was one of those moments where I think everyone understood it was, we haven’t played our game. We’re seeing their best game,” Joe Pavelski said. “It was a good timeout as far as catch your breath let’s try to get back to our game then.”
Gurianov, whose five points tied a Stars playoff record, had two goals in the first 3:25 of the second period to tie the game at 3, before his helper on Radek Faksa’s power play goal about 2 1/2 minutes later pushed the Stars ahead to stay. It was 6-3 after Gurianov’s next goal capped their five-goal second period, and he scored on a rebound midway through the third period.
Miro Heiskanen had a power play goal midway through the first period and later had three assists for the Stars in only the sixth playoff game in NHL history where both teams had a three-goal lead. Pavelski had a goal and two assists after his hat trick in Game 4 of this series, which was the first for the franchise since moving to Dallas before the 1993-94 season.