Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Flames top Stars 4-3 in shootout
By Mark Stepneski
The Dallas Stars ran their points streak to seven games (5-0-2), but they did it with one point not two. The Stars lost 4-3 to the Calgary Flames in a shootout at American Airlines Center Wednesday. Jamie Benn, Mike Ribeiro and Tomas Vincour scored for Dallas. Kari Lehtonen had 31 saves and stopped one of three in the shootout.
“It’s a positive point given that we came back from a three-goal deficit. It’s not very often that you do that. We had a glorious opportunity to win it in overtime and lost in a shootout. Can’t be disappointed about it. Sure, we would have liked to have had two points but it was a good, hard comeback by our guys. They dug deep, as they have all year and at this point of the season it’s get every point that you can get.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford
“We had a slow start and were down 3-0. Kari made a great save there and that’s what got us going. It was a good thing we didn’t quit. We kept battling through it and at least we got one point tonight.” – Stars forward Tomas Vincour, who scored his first NHL goal Wednesday night
*The Stars moved to sixth place in the Western Conference with the point they picked up Wednesday night.
*Jamie Benn scored a goal, running his goal streak to a career-high five games.
*Tomas Vincour scored his first NHL goal and registered his first NHL point in the game.
*Jeff Woywitka had two assists in the game, registering the first multi-point game of his NHL career.
*The Stars were 1-1 on the penalty kill and are 14-16 (87.5%) on the penalty kill over the last six games.
*Over the last three games the Stars have outscored their opponents 8-3 in third periods and overtimes.
*Brad Richards played 22:39 in his return after missing the last ten games with injury.
*The Stars are now 5-5 in shootouts this season.
The Flames scored two goals 1:02 apart to take a 2-0 lead in the game. The first one came at the 10:26 mark. After Alex Goligoski fell as the Flames attacked on the rush, the Stars were scrambling in their own zone and Rene Bourque scored off a shot from the left circle.
Tom Kostopoulos struck at the 11:28 mark, knocking home the rebound of a Tim Jackman shot to gvei the Flames a two-goal lead.
The Flames made it 3-0 game when Flames defenseman Anton Babchuk made a nice keep at the Dallas blue and then scored off a blast from the right point at the 13:41 mark.
The Stars got a power play with 4:55 left in the period and immediately gave up shorthanded breakaway, but goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped Alex Tanguay’s bid.
The Stars then went on a 27 second five-on-three, couldn’t take advantage but did score on the five-on-four. Steve Ott set up Jamie Benn, who scored from the bottom of the right circle with 1:32 left in the first to make it a 3-1 game.
The Stars outshot the Flames 15-4 in the second period and scored the only goal of the period to make it a 3-2 game after 40 minutes.
The Stars’ goal came at the 5:12 mark of the second. With Brenden Morrow driving the net with Dallas on the rush, Mike Ribeiro scored off a wrist shot from the slot.
The Stars kept up the pressure and had some good chances, but it remained a 3-2 game. Kari Lehtonen kept the Stars within a goal with a nice save on Olli Jokinen, who broke in on net and got off a backhand shot from close range.
The Stars tied the game at the 5:39 mark when Toby Petersen hustled to negate an icing call on Dallas and then Tomas Vincour skated out of the corner with the puck and scored off a shot from the bottom of the left circle for the first goal of his NHL career to make it a 3-3 game.
The Stars had a couple of good chances to the take the lead with just under 12 minutes left in the game, but Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff made a nice stop on Loui Eriksson and then a great blocker save on Tom Wandell’s rebound bid.
Calgary had 20 shots in the final period, but could get nothing through Lehtonen.
The Stars got a power play with 2:28 remaining, but couldn’t cash in. Kiprusoff made a great save on a prime chance for Eriksson.
Both teams had good chances in the overtime. Lehtonen made a couple of nice stops on Niklas Hagman. The Stars had a three-on-one, but Alex Goligoski didn’t get everything on the shot and Kiprusoff was able to make the save.
Benn, Dallas: wrist shot, save Kiprusoff, tied 0-0
Tanguay, Calgary: wrist shot, goal, Calgary, 1-0
Richards, Dallas: wrist shot, Kiprusoff pad save, Calgary 1-0
Bourque, Calgary: wrist shot, Lehtonen save, Calgary 1-0
Ribeiro, Dallas: backhand to forehand, goal, tied 1-1
Glencross, Calgary: wrist shot, goal, Calgary wins 2-1
Scratched: Barch, Sutherby
Injured: Grossman (hip)
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