Dallas Stars push the Seattle Kraken to the brink of elimination by winning 5-2 on home ice to set up a do-or-die Game 6 in Seattle on Saturday
- Dallas poured on the goals on home ice to beat the Kraken in Game 5
- The Kraken now face an elimination scenario at home in Seattle on Saturday
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Roope Hintz had two goals and an assist for the Dallas Stars in a 5-2 victory against visiting Seattle Kraken in Game 5 of their Western Conference second round series on Thursday night.
Hintz has eight goals and 18 points in the playoffs, helping Dallas to a 3-2 series lead heading into Game 6 on Saturday afternoon in Seattle.
Joe Pavelski had a goal and assist, Wyatt Johnston and Radek Faksa also scored, Jason Robertson had three assists and Jake Oettinger made 29 saves for the Stars, who have won two in a row.
Adam Larsson and Jared McCann scored and Philipp Grubauer made 16 saves for the Kraken.
Oettinger was the busier goaltender for the first three minutes, but the Stars scored first on their second shot to take a 1–0 lead at 3:57 of the first period.
The Dallas Stars defeated the Seattle Kraken in Game 5, winning 5-2
Jamie Benn made a quick pass from just below the goal line to Johnston in the slot and he scored with a one-timer.
Dallas quickly extended the lead to 2-0 at 5:35.
The Stars entered the offensive zone on a 3-on-2 rush before Hintz scored on a feed from Thomas Harley.
Dallas scored 35 seconds into the third period to make it 3-0.
Pavelski followed his shot and scored the rebound for his seventh goal in just his sixth game of the 2023 playoffs.
The Kraken cut the lead to 3-1 at 1:59.
Jordan Eberle fed Larsson as he entered the strike zone with speed and he scored with a wrist shot from the right circle.
Seattle further narrowed the lead to 3–2 at 7:30 of the second as McCann took advantage of traffic in front of the net and scored from above the right circle.
It was a fantastic night for Dallas’s Roope Hintz (24) who scored two goals and an assist
The Stars hope to see their fans next in the Western Conference Finals, but they’ll need to win in Seattle for that to happen without a Game 7 back in Dallas
Larsson was initially credited with the goal, but it was changed to McCann, who was playing his second game since missing six with an undisclosed injury.
Hintz scored again at 11:20 of the third period to extend the lead to 4–2.
After Hintz lifted the puck high into the net at close range, play continued briefly until the puck was determined to have crossed the goal line.
The Stars made it 5-2 when Faksa scored into an empty net with 3:17 left.