Hintz scores 2 for playoff-fighting stars in 3-2 victory – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Roope Hintz scored two goals in about two minutes to pull Dallas straight into the second, and Vladislav Namestnikov got shortly after the winner of the match to give the playoff-fighting Stars a much-needed 3-2 victory over Seattle Kraken d . Saturday night.

Not only did the Stars overcome an early two-goal deficit, but they also got up after losing all three games on their trip to Canada, which was made even more miserable due to travel issues on the way home.

With three games left in the regular season, all at home, the Stars have 93 points and a four-point lead over Vegas for the second wild card in the Western Conference. The Golden Knights have four games left, including a home game Sunday against San Jose before playing in Dallas Tuesday night.

Hintz was back in the fold as he stuck his stick out to knock the puck in to get Dallas within 2-1 with just over 13 minutes left of the second period. Then Stars were on power play and Hintz ran towards the net when he got a pass from Jason Robertson and had good puck control to get around defender Adam Larsson to the equalizer.

Hintz has five goals in the last three games and 37 in total. Robertson assisted on both Hintz’s scores and has 37 assists left with his 38 goals.

Namestnikov scored his 15th goal on a pass from behind from Denis Gurianov.

Jake Oettinger stopped 30 of 32 shots and the Stars goalkeeper also got a secondary assist on the equalizer with his pass to Robertson.

Chris Driedger had 28 saves for Kraken. Seattle took a 1-0 lead on Riley Sheahan’s goal, which came seconds after Kraken’s powerplay ended. Sheahan was between Oettinger and a defender when he reached around the goalkeeper to knock a blocked puck in.

Yanni Gourdes’ 100th career goal made it 2-0 as he held up his stick to reject an air puck in the net.

The stars, who left their hotel in Calgary early Friday morning and did not return home until well after midnight after having to change planes and go through customs a second time, thought they had a goal less than three minutes inside the match.

But Joe Pavelski’s shot into the open net was wiped out after Seattle won a coach’s challenge for interference from the goalkeeper.

NOTES

Pavelski, the 37-year-old Stars center, had his career number 500 – a secondary assistant on the first goal. He has assists in four consecutive games, and his 78 points (27 goals, 51 assists) is a return to his career-high of 79 set in 2013-14 with San Jose. … Seattle rookie Matty Beniers failed to have a point for the first time in his six NHL games. He is the only rookie this season to begin his NHL career with a point in four or more consecutive games.

NEXT

Kraken: In Vancouver Tuesday night. The Canucks still have a chance to get into the playoffs.
Stars: Host a potential playoff clincher Tuesday night against Vegas if the Golden Knights lose in regulatory Sunday.

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