Thursday, December 23, 2010
Stars fall to Flames in shootout
By Mark Stepneski
The Dallas Stars ran their home points streak to 13 games (10-0-3) but got only one point on this night, falling 3-2 in a shootout to the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center on Thursday night.
The Stars were outshot 33-16 by the Flames, who scored with 1:21 left in regulation to tie the game and force overtime. Alex Tanguay scored the game-tying goal for Calgary and then scored the only goal in the shootout. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves in the game and one of two in the shootout. Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow scored goals for the Stars. The Stars have now picked up points in 14 of 16 games (11-2-3). They are 21-10-4 and are tied with Detroit for first in the Western Conference.
The Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames are tied 1-1 after one period at American Airlines Center.
An early highlight of the game was a fight between Stars forward Jamie Benn and Flames captain Jarome Iginla that left a bleeding Iginla headed to the locker room for repairs.
The Flames opened the scoring with just one second left on their first power play of the game. Anton Babchuk scored from the left boards with Curtis Glencross setting a screen in front of Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.
The Stars tied it with 2:47 left in the period by taking advantage of their first power play of the game. Loui Eriksson sent a pass from the left to Mike Ribeiro, who scored on a one-timer from the right circle. The goal came on Stars’ third shot of the period.
It was tough sledding for the Stars most of the second period. By the midway point they had just one shot on goal in the period and five for the game. The second shot of the period and sixth of the game came at the 11:37 mark when Loui Eriksson got a good chance from the left circle that Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff turned away.
The Flames had their chances in the period. Kari Lehtonen turned away a close-range shot by Niklas Hagman. The Flames had a 3-on-1, but that was broken up by a Stephane Robidas sweep check. The Flames had a 3-on-2, but an Adam Pardy shot from the slot hit the post.
The Stars still had six shots on goal for the game when they went on a power play -- officially their third of the game -- with 1:59 left in the period. The Stars got no shots on the power play and ended up with two for the period.
The Stars took the lead at 2:41 of the third period when Jamie Benn stole a pass just inside the Calgary zone and set up Mike Ribeiro, who put a shot on net from the right circle and Brenden Morrow scored on the rebound.
Kari Lehtonen came up with some big saves as the Stars protected the 2-1 lead. He stopped a blast Ales Kotalik midway through the period and then made three quick saves with just under eight minutes to go in the game. With 5 1/2 minutes to go, he turned away a pair of excellent chances by Jarome Iginla.
The Stars killed off a Calgary power play in the final five minutes, but the Flames tied the game with 1:21 remaining just after pulling goalie Miikka Kiprusoff for the extra attacker. Alex Tanguay got behind the Dallas defense and beat Lehtonen with a wrist shot from the slot.
James Neal had a couple of good chances in close, but Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff tuned them away and the game went to a shootout.
Eriksson, Dallas: Wrist shot, save Kiprusoff, Tied 0-0
Tanguay, Calgary: Fake, wrist shot, goal stick side, Calgary leads 1-0
Richards, Dallas: Wrist shot, Kiprusoff glove save, Calgary leads 1-0
Hagman, Calgary: Wrist shot, Lehtonen save, Calgary leads 1-0
Ribeiro, Dallas: Lost puck, shot stopped by Kiprusoff, Calgary wins shootout 1-0