Kivi­ranta’s 3rd goal does the trick in OT

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Joel Kivi­ranta com­pleted a hat track 7:24 into over­time to give the Stars a 5-4 vic­tory over the Avalanche on Fri­day in Game 7 in Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta, send­ing them to the Western Con­fer­ence fi­nals for the first time since 2008.

Kivi­ranta moved away from the crease just be­fore his quick shot on a pass from An­drej Sek­era from be­hind the net. Kivi­ranta was play­ing only his third post­sea­son game. Af­ter the 24-year-old for­ward scored once in 11 reg­u­lar-sea­son games, he was on the ice for the se­ries fi­nale be­cause An­drew Cogliano was un­fit to play.

“Pretty un­real. This is what you dream about when you’re a young kid,” Kivi­ranta said. “I played the first Game 7 of my life. I didn’t know what to ex­pect. … Maybe their ‘D’ just lost me a lit­tle bit. They didn’t know who was pick­ing me up. I tried to find a soft spot. It was a great pass.”

It was only the sev­enth Game 7 hat trick in NHL his­tory, and the first since Wayne Gret­zky for the Kings in the 1993 con­fer­ence fi­nals.

Alexan­der Radulov scored two goals for the Stars, ty­ing it at 3 with 8:32 left. That was only a cou­ple of min­utes af­ter Radulov came out of the penalty box for an in­ter­fer­ence penalty.

Golden Knights win Game 7

Shea Theodore fi­nally solved Thatcher Demko with 6:08 re­main­ing in the third pe­riod, and the Golden Knights edged the Canucks 3-0 in Game 7 of their sec­on­dround se­ries in Ed­mon­ton.

Theodore’s goal was the first in 138:40 for the Golden Knights against Demko, the rookie who had brought the Canucks back from a 3-1 deficit in the se­ries and held off Ve­gas for most of this game, too. Then Theodore scored a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the blue line that slipped through traf­fic and past Demko, who had made 98 con­sec­u­tive saves. The Golden Knights out­shot the Canucks 36-14 in the game and 127-54 over the fi­nal three.

Alex Tuch and Paul Stastny added empty-net goals.

Robin Lehner had his third shutout of the se­ries, and his sen­sa­tional glove save on Brock Boeser in the sec­ond pe­riod kept the game score­less. ✶

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