"I played the first Game 7 of my life. Dallas will play Sunday night against Vancouver or Vegas, who had a Game 7 of their own Friday night at Rogers Place. The Avalanche, who also lost in Game 7 of last season's conference semis, were attempting to get to their first conference final since 2002, and forced Game 7 after being down 3-1."The series was back and forth, beginning from Game 1 and tonight the video game itself was no different. Dallas, which lost in double overtime to eventual Stanley Cup champ St. Louis in the seventh game of last year's conference semi, won its third Game 7 played versus Colorado. Kiviranta's OT winner sends out Stars to conference finals:

Joel Kiviranta became the 7th gamer in NHL history to tape-record a game 7 hat technique in the Dallas Stars 5-4 overtime win versus the Colorado Avalanche. 1:19

Stars interim coach Rick Bowness was also impressed by the main help for the seventh Game 7 hat trick in NHL history, and first considering that Wayne Gretzky for the Los Angeles Kings in the 1993 conference finals.

"To tell you that we practiced Andrej behind their offensive net making those saucer passes, no, that has actually not been at our practice strategy and our playing drills," Bowness stated. "I'm thankful he understood he was behind the offensive net and not our web, where he typically is with the puck. That's overtime hockey. And that's bubble hockey. You simply don't understand what to expect and you type of roll with it."

Dallas will play Sunday night versus Vancouver or Vegas, who had a Game 7 of their own Friday night at Rogers Place. There had actually never ever been an NHL Game 7 played at a neutral site before the 2 games.

The Avalanche, who also lost in Game 7 of last season's conference semis, were trying to get to their first conference last because 2002, and forced Game 7 after being down 3-1. Third-string goalie Michael Hutchinson, a 30-year-old journeyman who had never ever started a playoff game before winning successive removal games, couldn't make one more save after 31 on Friday.

"The series was back and forth, beginning from Game 1 and tonight the video game itself was no different. Back and forth," Avs coach Jared Bednar stated. "Just when you think you had the one that might win the game or win the series, the other team stepped up their game and took it back over."

Dallas, which lost in double overtime to ultimate Stanley Cup champ St. Louis in the seventh game of last year's conference semi, won its third Game 7 played against Colorado. The Stars beat the Avs in the Western Conference finals in 1999 and 2000 to make it to the Stanley Cup final. Destiny won their only title in 1999.

Colorado's Andre Burakovsky is overturned by Dallas defenceman John Klingberg the during 3rd period .(Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

Alexander Radulov scored two goals for Dallas, connecting it at 3 with 8:32 left in guideline. In a series when the two groups combined for 57 objectives, and were connected four times in the finale, they scored 10 seconds apart after that.

Colorado led 4-3 after Vladislav Namestnikov scored his second goal of the video game. 10 seconds later on, Kiviranta scored his second.

"It's a great deal of enjoyment for sure right now and some type of relief too," said Stars defenceman John Klingberg, who 2 assists.

Nazem Kadri had an objective and a help for the Avalanche, who played without captain Gabriel Landeskog (unsuited to play) and didn't get a point from scoring wizard Nathan MacKinnon for the very first time in 15 video games this post-season.

"I think our thoughts are pretty obvious. We seemed like we were outplaying them in overtime and it was coming and felt good," MacKinnon said. "Just got hemmed in. Kids got gassed and they made a nice play. It's hard."

When Kadri had a close backhander, the Avs led 3-2 with 14:15 left in the second period. His sixth power play goal matched Joe Sakic (1996) for the second-most in an Avalanche post-season behind Michel Goulet's seven in 1985.

Kadri two times came oh-so-close to scoring once again because duration. He had one shot ricochet off the post and Anton Khudobin was falling back when he extended his left arm for a glove save on another Kadri shot headed towards the net.

Dallas had an extra skater on the ice during a postponed penalty early in the second duration novice Denis Gurianov conjectured towards traffic, off Kiviranta's blade and previous Hutchinson.