Late Oleksiak tally lifts Stars past Flames

Jamie Oleksiak scored the winning goal with 39.2 seconds left on the clock as the Dallas Stars recovered from a blown lead to beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 Thursday night in Edmonton and even their opening-round Stanley Cup playoff series at 1-1.

With overtime looming because the Flames scored twice in the third period, Oleksiak drove to the net from his point position to redirect a cross-ice pass from Corey Perry for the winning tally.

Game 3 of the best-of-seven series will be Friday night.

Dillon Dube, the hottest of the Flames, put his team on the board just 19 seconds into the clash, the fastest goal to start a game in franchise history and third consecutive game Dube has opened the scoring, but the Stars recovered.

First, Alexander Radulov tied the game at the 2:42 mark when he found the handle during a scramble and his attempt ricocheted off the leg of a defender and into the cage.

Then it became the Miro Heiskanen show. The talented sophomore defenseman — drafted third overall in 2017 — used his great speed to jump into a rush and ended up with a breakaway that he converted at 11:14 of the opening period.

Heiskanen netted his second of the night just before the five-minute mark of the second period, the beneficiary of a lucky break. He simply sent a sharp-angled shot that eluded Flames goalie Cam Talbot to make it a 3-1 game.

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