The Hot Corner | Stars Fall in Final Seconds


Stars Fall to Calgary | Image by Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers were the only local pro teams to play Monday. Here is how they did.

Dallas Stars (34-17-13, first in Central Division, third in Western Conference)
Last Game: Calgary Flames 5, Stars 4

The Stars trailed most of the game but tied it at four on a Jamie Benn goal with 5:48 remaining. After a Dallas shot attempt was partially blocked, Calgary’s Tyler Toffoli gathered a pass at center ice, broke free from defenders, and scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway with 6.2 seconds left in regulation.

Noteworthy: Dallas is now 0-2 against Calgary this season and falls to third place in the Western Conference behind the Vegas Golden Knights and the Los Angeles Kings. Calgary also eliminated Dallas in the playoff last year.

— “I didn’t love our game all night,” head coach Pete DeBoer told reporters afterward. “I thought we played in spurts but not for long enough. [We were] Probably fortunate to be tied up at that point, but credit our group. We didn’t pack it in, and we battled back…”

Next Up: Stars at Buffalo Sabres (32-26-4), 6 p.m. CT Thursday


Texas Rangers (6-6 in Cactus League)
Last Game: Colorado Rockies 4, Rangers 1

Corey Seager gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the fourth inning, which they held until the eighth. The Rockies scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the eighth as outfielder Jimmy Herron singled in the tying run, and third baseman Aaron Schunk smacked a three-run homer to break the tie.

Noteworthy: Andrew Heaney, Glenn Otto, and Ian Kennedy gave up three hits and struck out six batters in a combined seven innings pitched.

— Heaney credits his performance to increased use of his changeup. “I think I have the ability to throw it, and it can be a good pitch for me,” he told reporters in the clubhouse after the game. “I think it can actually make my fastball better… especially if I throw it in hitters’ counts.

Next Up: Chicago Cubs (7-4) at Texas Rangers, 2:05 p.m. CT Tuesday

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