Dallas Stars Beat Colorado Avalanche in Game 7 OT, Advance to Western Conference Final

Joel Kiviranta scored 7:24 into overtime to complete his first NHL hat trick and the Dallas Stars advanced to the Western Conference Final with a 5-4 win against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7 of their second-round series at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Friday.

Kiviranta, who was playing his third NHL postseason game, and first since Aug. 20, scored on a pass from Andrej Sekera for Dallas, the No. 3 seed in the West, which advanced to the conference final for the first time since 2008.

“Great pass behind the net and maybe [the Avalanche] just a little bit lost me at the front,” Kiviranta said. “Unforgettable moment. … I didn’t know what to expect for this day. First Game 7 in my life, and it felt like a normal game for me. It was pretty fun.”