(Calgary) Mikael Backlund and Andrew Mangiapane each had a goal and an assist as the Calgary Flames came from behind to win another defensive duel against the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Wednesday.

The Alberta club started the third period with a one-goal deficit after Jason Robertson netted in the middle period. Backlund and Mangiapane scored in the space of less than four minutes and the hosts looked no further to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.

Trevor Lewis drove the final nail in the Stars’ coffin by scoring into an empty net.

Jake Oettinger, who allowed only six goals in the first four games, was once again solid in goal for the Stars. He stopped 29 of 31 shots in the direction of his goal.

Jacob Markstrom, who allowed five goals in the first four games, was nearly perfect. He stopped 20 shots in the win.

The Stars will face elimination on Friday when the two clubs meet in Dallas.

Robertson, who led the Stars in regular season scoring with 41, scored his first playoff goal. His shot was blocked by Markstrom, but the return bounced off defenseman Chris Tanev before falling behind the Flames goaltender.

The Flames tied the game when Backlund redirected Mangiapane’s pass into a gaping cage.

The latter put his own in front a few moments later with a powerful wrist shot from the top of the face-off circles.

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