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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Stars' slide continues in 4-2 loss to Flames

By Mark Stepneski

The Dallas Stars had a 2-1 lead Wednesday night but couldn’t hold it and fell 4-2 to the Calgary Flames. The loss was the third straight for the Stars, who are 1-6-1 in their last eight games and 2-8-1 in their last eleven. The loss was the sixth straight on the road for Dallas. Mike Ribeiro and Jamie Langenbrunner scored for Dallas. Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 of 31 shots.

Quotable

“It’s a work in progress and you’ve got to keep battling through it. Hopefully we can take the good out of how we played that second period and find a way to play that for 60 minutes.” – Stars forward Jamie Langenbrunner

“Obviously there are not a whole lot of positives when you are on a losing streak. We’ve just got to keep working hard. We’re going through adversity right now and it’s going to make our team stronger. Every team goes through it. Look at Calgary, earlier in the year they were one of the worst teams in the league and look where they are at right now.” – Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas

Notes

*The Stars have been outscored 29-14 over the last eight games, during which they are 1-6-1.

*The Stars have been outscored 31-12 during their six-game road losing streak.

*The Stars have allowed six power play goals over the last five games and are 13-19 (68.4%) on the penalty kill during that the stretch.

* The Stars are 27-40 (67.5%) on the penalty kill over the last 11 games.

*The Stars gave up a shorthanded goal Wednesday. It was the 10th they’ve allowed this season, tied for the second most in the NHL.

*The Stars have scored two goals or fewer in seven of their last eleven games.

First period

The Flames scored 4:14 into the game when defenseman Mark Giordano’s shot from the left point was deflected into the net by Olli Jokinen.

The Stars, who were outshot 16-3 in the period, had some chances. Toby Petersen’s point blank bid with about seven minutes left in the period was turned away by Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

The Stars had a two-on-one shorthanded chance in the final two minutes, but Brenden Morrow fanned as he tried to put the puck into the open side of the net.

Second period

The Stars were much stronger in the second period and tied the game at 1-1 at the 7:21 mark when Mike Ribeiro scored off the rush, banking a shot from a sharp angle in the net off a Flames forward Olli Jokinen.

The Stars took the lead a little more than three minutes later when Jamie Langenbrunner scored just seconds after a Dallas power play expired. A James Neal shot from the slot bounced off a Calgary stick and onto the stick of Langenbrunner, who scored from the left circle at the 10:47 mark.

The Flames drew even by cashing in on their second power play chance of the game. Rene Bourque’s shot from the left point was deflected into the net by Tom Kostopoulos at 14:09 of the period.

Third period

The Flames scored two goals 2:12 apart early in the third period to take a 4-2 lead and control of the game.

The first one game at the 2:35 mark when Flames defenseman Cory Sarich scored off a blast from the slot.

The Stars got a power play chance thirty seconds later, but it was the Flames who took advantage by scoring a shorthanded goal. On an odd-man rush Bourque set up defenseman Steve Staios, who scored off a one-timer from the left circle at the 4:37 mark to make it a 4-2 game.

Stars lineup

Morrow-Ribeiro-Vincour/Langenbrunner
Neal-Wandell-Eriksson
Ott-Williams-Langenbrunner/Vincour
Sutherby-Gagnon-Petersen

Fistric-Robidas
Woywitka-Daley
Skrastins-Niskanen

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Scratches:  Ludwig

Injured:  Richards (upper body), Grossman (hip), Burish (orbital bone), Barch (orbital bone), Benn (shoulder), Sawada (shoulder)

Power play units

Morrow-Ribeiro-Eriksson-Williams-Robidas
Neal-Ott-Langenbrunner-Woywitka-Daley

Penalty kill units

Wandell-Eriksson-Skrastins-Robidas
Ott-Langenbrunner-Woywitka-Daley
Ribeiro-Morrow-Skrastins-Daley
Ott-Petersen-Skrastins-Robidas
Wandell-Eriksson-Woywitka-Daley