The Dallas Stars took a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night in the Stanley Cup final.
The Stars had a chance to pull off a stunning comeback, but goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was forced to make a clutch save in the second period and overtime, and the Stars’ chances of repeating were all but eliminated.
The win over Chicago gives the Stars a chance at the Cup for the first time since 2006.
Dallas went 3-for-4 on power play goals and made two key saves in overtime.
The Blackhawks were outshot 13-3, but they were also 0-for’th.
It was the first loss in a three-game series.
Stars captain Jamie Benn, who is still recovering from a knee injury, was a minus-4.
His season high was four goals in five games.
Benn has not scored in eight games, but he had a career-high nine assists in the final.
Dallas won a third straight game for the third time in four seasons.
It is the first victory in the postseason for the Stars since 2003.
The Blackhawks won for the second time in the past three games and were 4-0-2 in the first seven.
This is the fourth meeting between the Stars and Blackhawks this season.
They have not met in the Cup finals since 2009.
The winner will advance to the Stanley the following season.