Flames Playoffs: Stars force Game 7 | Ex-Flames forward Stajan remembers his series-clinching goal in 2015.

Dallas Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger (29) and defenceman John Klingberg (3) defend against Calgary Flames left wing Milan Lucic (17) during the first period in Game 4 of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

We'll be there every step of the way as the Calgary Flames make a push for the Stanley Cup with their strongest squad in years. Throughout the playoffs, check back here for news updates, player profiles, commentary, images, and tweets.

What you should know

  • A make-or-break situation Game 7 will take place in the Saddledome on Sunday night.
  • The Flames were defeated by the Stars in a hard-fought game on Friday.
  • Stajan, a former Flames forward, remembers scoring the series-clinching goal in 2015.
  • Mikael Backlund scored the game-winning goal on Wednesday, but it would not have occurred without Blake Coleman.
  • Johnny Gaudreau was not nominated for the Hart Trophy this year, but he has his sights set on a greater prize.
  • Stars goalkeeper Jake Oettinger heard his name screamed during the Flames' comeback on Wednesday, but he's fine with it.
  • The Calgary Flames' Red Lot viewing party, which is generally only available for home games, will be accessible for Game 6.
  • On home ice Wednesday night, the Flames claimed a 3-2 series lead.

The Flames lose Game 6 in Dallas, bringing the series to a close.

The handshakes have been put on hold.

The Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars are going the distance in their first-round matchup.

The Stars won Game 6 4-2 to force a winner-take-all conclusion in the Saddledome on Sunday.

The Flames haven't moved past the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in seven years. They'll have to wait at least two days more — and that's only in the best-case situation.

Matt Stajan spent nine seasons with the Calgary Flames and scored the memorable goal that gave the team the series against the Vancouver Canucks in the 2015 playoffs. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia PHOTO BY AZIN GHAFFARI /Postmedia

Stajan, a former Flames forward, remembers scoring the series-clinching goal in 2015.

Seven years later, Matt Stajan can explain this scoring sequence with the same level of detail that you'd expect from Rick Ball or Chris Cuthbert in the play-by-play booth.

It is a cherished memory.

After all, this was a series-clinching goal in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Those have been scarce, particularly for the Calgary Flames.

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