Dallas loses one playoff team, but sees another take series lead
After the way last night started for the Dallas Stars, it seemed as if a game 7 was inevitable to head back to Anaheim.
But two quick goals in the final two minutes of regulation forced overtime, and after only two minutes and 47 seconds, a shot from Nick Bonino clinched the Ducks’ 5-4 win.
Trevor Daley scored twice on breakaways for the Stars, his first goal coming after he got the puck charging out of the penalty box. He also had an assist and is the only player on the current roster who was also on the last playoff team in 2008.
The Stars led 3-1 going into the second period, seeming like they would run away with yet another home playoff win in the series. But they only scored once more in the second period.
Anaheim got the overtime-forcing goal with 24 seconds left in regulation after a wild scramble in front of the net with an extra skater and Kari Lehtonen without his stick.
Despite the Stars’ loss, there is still one Dallas team that has hopes to continue in the playoffs this year.
The Dallas Mavericks willed their way to a victory in Dallas on Saturday with a final second 3-point shot from Vince Carter from the corner.
Carter got the ball with 1.7 seconds left on an inbound pass from Jose Calderon in the left corner, and after a quick pump fake, got Manu Ginobili in the air – only moments after the Argentine guard had given the Spurs the lead – Carter released the ball just in time.
Dallas got the seemingly impossible win even with Dirk Nowitzki being held under 20 points on the night.
Dallas now has a 2-1 lead in the series with another home game slated for tonight.
OKC coming home after tying series in Memphis
And Oklahoma City managed to pull out a close win in yet another Overtime game in Memphis on Saturday, 92-89, but on the shoulders of Reggie Jackson, not Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook.
Jackson had a playoff-best 32 points while Durant and Westbrook combined for ONLY 30 points.
Game 5 will be tomorrow night back in Oklahoma City where the Thunder hope to re-take the lead in the series, which is now tied at 2 apiece.