John Klingberg scored from the left circle 17 minutes, 2 seconds into overtime Monday night, and the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 to wrap up their first-round Western Conference playoff series in six games.
Klingberg's first goal of the playoffs came on a cross-ice pass from Alexander Radulov.
The win by the sixth-seeded Stars came 11 years after the previous time they clinched a playoff series on home ice. They needed overtime for a 2-1 win in that Game 6 as well — four overtimes to beat San Jose in the second round of the 2008 playoffs.
"We wanted to close it out today and don't have to deal with going back there," said Klingberg, who also has five assists in the series. "We treated it like a Game 7."
The Stars will play St. Louis in the second round of these playoffs, just as they did in their previous postseason appearance three years ago. The Blues, who have home-ice advantage this time, won that 2016 series with a Game 7 victory in Dallas.
Ben Bishop, a Vezina Trophy finalist, had a playoff career-high 47 saves for the Stars.
Nashville's Pekka Rinne, who won the Vezina Trophy last year as the NHL's top goalie, also set a playoff career best by stopping 49 shots. That included an impressive pad save on Jamie Benn's shot a little more than five minutes into the overtime period, when the Stars had a 14-8 advantage on shots.
Blake Comeau scored his first playoff goal for the Stars, tying the game at 1-1 in the second period. But he also had a tripping penalty with 1:53 left in regulation that put Nashville on the power play. But Nashville was 0-for-4 on the power play in Game 6 and finished 0-for-15 in the series.
"We had a lot of chances on the power play," defenseman Roman Josi said. "If we get a goal there, it's a different game."
Carolina 5, Washington 2: Jordan Staal scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in the third period, leading the host Hurricanes to victory and forcing Game 7 in their first-round series on Wednesday night.
Justin Williams made it 4-2 for Carolina seconds after the Capitals' tying goal was disallowed. As Evgeny Kuznetsov tried to tuck the puck under goalie Petr Mrazek's pads with 9:26 remaining, Ovechkin crashed into the goalie. Officials ruled that the puck was frozen and Ovechkin interfered with Mrazek by pushing his pad. Washington coach Todd Reirden said he felt the play was "worth a challenge" after consulting with his staff.
"That's not how the league or the referees saw it," Reirden said. "For us, we thought the puck was loose. It was still a puck that was in play."
Ovechkin scored his 65th career playoff goal.