Given favorites to advance to the first round of the playoffs against the Dallas Stars, the Flames will now have to win Game 7 of the showdown in Calgary on Sunday to do so.

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“I know some believe we’re not supposed to be playing yet, we’re supposed to be on a golf vacation right now, but that wasn’t our intention starting the series,” the Stars head coach said. of Dallas Rick Bowness, as quoted on the National Hockey League website. We didn’t make the playoffs just to be a team’s stepping stone to Round 2. And now we are in Game 7 and our guys deserve a lot of credit.”

The final meeting was necessitated when the Stars defeated the Flames 4-2 in Game 6 on Friday night in Dallas.

“It was quite a game, but we just weren’t able to get the tying goal,” Flames head coach Darryl Sutter said after the game. It takes a lot to end a series, our players continue to learn how difficult it is.

The Flames will be able to count on the presence in their training of defenseman Nikita Zadorov who, despite being checked at the head of a Stars forward, has not been suspended. Watch the footage in the main video above.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has determined that no further punishment is necessary for the hit on Luke Glendening. However, the latter had to leave Friday’s meeting, in the second period, without being able to return to the game.