Jason Robertson scores in overtime, Stars beat Flames 6-5

CALGARY, Alta. (AP) — Jason Robertson scored his second goal of the game 4:47 into overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 6-5 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.

Robertson crossed the crease and lifted a backhand on goaltender Jacob Markstrom in overtime.

“You give Robertson a thumbs up, he takes it and he scores,” Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson said.

Robertson has 41 goals to become the first player with consecutive 40-goal seasons since the franchise moved from Minnesota to Dallas for the 1993-94 season. He is the third in team history, joining Dino Ciccarelli (three in a row in 1985-86, 1986-87 and 1987-88) and Dave Gagner (1989-90, 1990-91).

“They put me there to try to produce,” Robertson said. “A lot of guys on this team are having fantastic seasons. It bleeds into my game a bit. That success translates from our team to the individuals.

“We are doing very well in the standings at the moment. We want it to stay that way. But it definitely helps a guy like me to take that step.

Joe Pavelski, Radek Faksa, Wyatt Johnston and Jani Hakanpaa also scored to help center-leading Dallas snap a two-game losing streak and end a six-game trip with four wins. Jake Oettinger made 33 saves.

Elias Lindholm, MacKenzie Weegar, Blake Coleman, Nick Ritchie and Andersson scored for Calgary. Markstrom stopped 20 shots. The Flames are four points behind Winnipeg for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

“We did a good job coming back into the game,” Weegar said. “Fighting until the last minute, going into extra time, it comes down to one game and we have to start making that game.”

Robertson tied the game at 4 with 1:50 left in the second period. Andersson gave Calgary the lead at 9:53 of the third period, and Hakanpaa tied the game with 7:51 remaining.

“We had two losses against this team in our barn,” Robertson said. “One in particular, we would really like to come back. It feels good to have one in their building and get the two points.

NOTES: With 88 points, Robertson is closing in on Mike Modano’s Dallas record of 93 points set in 1993-94. Bobby Smith set the franchise record with 114 at Minnesota in 1981-82. … Dallas began its journey with a win at Buffalo and won two at Seattle. The Stars then lost in Vancouver and Edmonton. … Dallas snapped a four-game skid against Calgary. … The Flames were coming off a 7-2 win Thursday night in Vegas, their first road win over the Golden Knights.


Stars: Host Seattle on Tuesday night.

Flames: in Los Angeles on Monday night.


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