DALLAS — John Klingberg scored
from the left circle 17:02 into overtime and the Dallas
Stars beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Monday night to
wrap up their first-round Western Conference playoff series
in six games.
Klingberg's first goal of the
playoffs came on a cross-ice pass from Alexander Radulov.
The win by the Stars came 11
years after the previous time they clinched a playoff series
on home ice. They needed overtime for a 2-1 win in that Game
6 as well — four overtimes to beat San Jose in the second
round of the 2008 playoffs.
The Stars will play St. Louis
in the second round of these playoffs, just as they did in
their previous postseason appearance three years ago. The
Blues, who have home-ice advantage this time, won that 2016
series with a Game 7 win in Dallas.
Ben Bishop, Vezina Trophy
finalist, had a playoff career-high 47 saves for the Stars.
Pekka Rinne, who won the
Vezina Trophy last year as the NHL's top goalie, also set a
playoff career best by stopping 49 shots. That included an
impressive pad save on Jamie Benn's shot just more than five
minutes into the overtime period, when the Stars had a 14-8
advantage on shots.
Blake Comeau scored his first
playoff goal for the Stars, tying the game at 1-1 in the
second period. But he also had a tripping penalty with 1:53
left in regulation that put Nashville on the power play.
But the Predators didn't even
get a shot on goal before the third period ended, or when
finishing the final seconds with a man advantage to start
They were 0-for-4 on the
power play in Game 6, and finished 0-for-15 in the series.
Austin Watson scored a goal
for Nashville in the first period.
HURRICANES 5, CAPITALS 2
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jordan
Staal scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in the
third period, and Carolina beat Washington to force Game 7
in the first-round playoff series.
Justin Williams scored an
insurance goal seconds after the Capitals had the tying goal
disallowed, Warren Foegele and Teuvo Teravainen also scored,
Dougie Hamilton added an empty-netter and Petr Mrazek made
The Hurricanes scored three
third-period goals in bouncing back from a 6-0 beatdown in
Game 5 and prolonging their first playoff appearance in a
decade by one game at least.
Game 7 is Wednesday night in
Washington. The winner will play the New York Islanders in
the second round.
Alex Ovechkin scored for the
third straight game, Brett Connolly also scored and Braden
Holtby stopped 31 shots.