Dallas Stars: Alex Tanguay

Mistakes costly in Stars' loss to Flames

March, 27, 2012

Needing wins or at least points in a tight playoff race, the Dallas Stars found a way to get neither Monday night in Calgary. Penalties and turnovers proved costly as the Stars fell 5-4 to the Flames.

The Stars, who had 1-0 and 2-1 leads in the game, gave up four goals in the second period, one off a turnover and two off Calgary power plays.

“We gave them what happened tonight. We had the game, we were in a good spot at 2-1, then we make an error and then we take penalty after penalty until they get a two goal lead. Dumb, dumb penalties,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “You’ve got to learn how to win and the way we went about it doesn’t look like we want to win. It really doesn’t. They’ve got to figure that out for themselves.”

The Stars’ penalty kill, which has been stellar as of late, gave up three power play goals on six shorthanded opportunities. Calgary scored twice on the power play late in the second to turn a 3-3 game into a 5-3 Calgary lead.

“We got into penalty trouble and their power play beat us tonight,” said Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray. “We weren’t as disciplined as we have been. We talked about that and we just got a little bit away from that. We just let them get on the power play way too much tonight.”

The loss, their fourth in the last six games, dropped the Stars to seventh place in the Western Conference standings. They are one point out of the first in the Pacific Division and the third seed in the West, but still just one point ahead of ninth place.

“It’s a tough game to lose. We definitely needed these two points,” said Stars forward Jamie Benn. “We had too many turnovers and too many costly penalties. We shoot ourselves in the foot tonight.”

Benn gave the Stars a 1-0 lead 24 seconds into the game, beating Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff with a shot from beyond the left circle off the rush. Calgary tied with an Olli Jokinen power play goal at 6:53 of the first.

Benn scored 44 seconds into the second period on a shot from the slot off the rush to put the Stars up 2-1, and after the next shift, with his team looking out of sync, Flames coach Brent Sutter called a timeout.

“Do you really want to know,” Sutter said when asked what he said during the timeout. “It was just get back to settling down and playing our game.”

Midway through the period, the Flames scored two goals in 45 seconds apart to take a 3-2 lead. The first one came at the 9:16 mark when Stars forward Mike Ribeiro’s pass into the slot in the Dallas zone went right onto the stick of Calgary’s Blake Comeau, who ripped the puck past Kari Lehtonen to tie the game.

At the 10:01 mark Mike Cammalleri scored on the rebound of Anton Babchuk shot after the Flames had won an offensive zone draw.

Ribeiro scored off a rebound with 5:31 left in the second to tie the game at 3-3, but Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas was called for tripping 30 seconds later and Calgary scored just before Robidas came out of the penalty box. Mark Giordano scored off a blast form the point with 3:02 left in the period.

Ninety seconds later, Stars forward Steve Ott was called for tripping and the Flames struck again on the power play to make it a 5-3 game. Cammalleri set up Alex Tanguay, who scored from the slot.

Philip Larsen scored on the power play for the Stars early in the third, but Dallas could never get the equalizer.

The Flames snapped a five-game winless streak and pulled to within two points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

“If you look at the standings we are definitely not out of it,” said Giordano. “We got a big win tonight, and we’ll go game-by-game here.”


*The Stars lost left wing Eric Nystrom in the first period after he was cut on the leg. He is day-to-day, according to Stars coach Glen Gulutzan.

*Stars right wing Radek Dvorak missed Monday’s game due to a sore ankle.

*Tom Wandell, Toby Petersen, Jordie Benn and Reilly Smith were scratched for Dallas.

*The Stars allowed three power play goals in a game for the second time this season. They allowed three in a 5-4 shootout win at Los Angeles on January 12.

*Stars forward Jamie Benn has eight goals in the last ten games.

Stars fall to Flames, 5-4

March, 26, 2012
The Dallas Stars lost for the fourth time in the last six games, falling 5-4 to the Flames in Calgary Monday night.

The Flames took control of the game in the second period, outscoring the Stars 4- 2 to take a 5-3 lead into the third period. Calgary scored three times on six power play chances, including two late in the second period to turn a 3-3 game into a 5-3 game. The Stars were 1-4 on the power play.

Where the Stars end up in the standings will depend on games still being played Monday night.

Jamie Benn scored two goals for the Stars. Mike Ribeiro and Philip Larsen also scored. Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves.

The Stars lost forward Eric Nystrom in the first period of the game.

First period

The Stars scored just 26 seconds into the game when Jamie Benn’s wrist shot from beyond the left faceoff circle eluded Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, giving Dallas the early 1-0 lead.

But the Flames drew even, cashing in on their first power play chance of the game. Lee Stempniak set up Olli Jokinen, who roofed a shot from the slot to tie the game at the 6:53 mark.

The Stars got the next two power plays of the period, but couldn’t take advantage. Mike Ribeiro had a great chance on the first one, but Kiprusoff denied his close range backhand shot.

On the second one, Calgary’s Alex Tanguay shot high on a shorthanded breakaway.

The Flames had a second power play late in the period, but weren’t able to generate much.

The Stars lost Eric Nystrom in the period to a lower body injury. The Stars said he would be out for the rest of the game. Nystrom was injured when he was pushed into the Calgary net by Flames defenseman Mark Giordano.

Second period

Jamie Benn scored 44 seconds into the second period to put the Stars up 2-1. Benn took a pass from Adam Burish off the rush and scored off a snap shot from the slot for his second tally of the night and fourth goal in the last two games.

About 20 seconds after the goal, Flames coach Brent Sutter called a timeout to address his tea, which was out of sorts on the shift after the next goal. The Flames outscored the Stars 4-1 in the rest of the period.

The Flames bounced back to the take a 3-2 lead midway through the second, scoring twice in 45 seconds. They tied the game at the 9:16 mark when Mike Ribeiro through the puck into the slot in his own end, Flames forward Blake Comeau picked it off an blasted the puck past Kari Lehtonen.

At the 10:01 mark the Flames wAt the 10:01 mark the Flames went up 3-2 when Mike Cammalleri scored off the rebound of an Anton Babchuk shot off a Calgary faceoff win in the Stars zone.

The Flames had a couple of great chances to extend the lead, but Lehtonen stopped Scott Hannan on a breakaway and Brenden Morrow blocked a Lee Stempniak redirection attempt that was heading towards an open net.

Just 26 seconds after an apparent Stars goal was waved off because Adam Burish kicked the puck into the net, the Stars scored to tie the game. Michael Ryder put a shot on net off the rush, and off the ensuing scramble Ribeiro backhanded the puck into the net to tie the game 3-3 at 14:29 of the second.

The Flames went on their fifth power play of the game a short time later and Mark Giordano scored on a blast from the point just before it expired to give Calgary a 4-3 lead with 3:02 left in the second.

The Flames went on their sixth power play with 1:33 left in the period and struck again to take a 5-3 lead. After a rim around the boards attempt by the Flames bounced off Stars defenseman Trevor Daley, Cammalleri set up Alex Tanguay, who scored from the slot with 28 seconds left in the period.

Third period

The Stars went on their fourth power play of the night early in the third and scored to make it a 5-4 game. After Sheldon Souray put a shot on net from the point, Philip Larsen got the rebound roofed a backhand shot from close range at the 5:24 mark.

The Stars had some chances to tie, including a Loui Eriksson breakaway, but couldn’t get the equalizer.

Stars lineup




Injured: Dvorak (ankle), Fistric (abdominal strain)
Scratched: Wandell, Petersen, Jordie Benn, R. Smith

Postgame quotes

March, 4, 2012
Here are some postgame quotes following the Dallas Stars 3-2 shootout win over the Calgary Flames on Sunday.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan

“Every point is important. You can see the parity out there between the two teams. It’s going to come down to that last week, so you’ve got to gather what you can.”

Gulutzan on the play of Kari Lehtonen

“I thought that between (Kari Lehtonen) and Loui Eriksson, they were the two best players on the ice for us. He made a huge save there on (Olli) Jokinen with about five minutes left in front of the net, and I thought that he was big in the shootout. You had two great goaltenders playing against each other.”

Gulutzan on the Stars special teams, which scored a power play goal and shorthanded goal and was 3-3 on the penalty kill

“That’s been an emphasis for us down the stretch. With 16 games left you have to have good specialty teams. Paul Jerrard has done a real good job with our PK.”

Stars forward Loui Eriksson

“We know how big these points are and today we got two more valuable points. We know Calgary is behind us and it we needed a big win today. We got it.”

Flames forward Alex Tanguay

“It’s frustrating not to get the two points. In the shootout it’s often 50-50. They scored and we didn’t.”
The Dallas Stars ran their points streak to seven games (6-0-1) with a 3-2 shootout win in Calgary Sunday. The two points moved the Stars into seventh place in the Western Conference and tied them in points with the Phoenix Coyotes, who still hold the Pacific Division lead based on having played one fewer game.

Kari Lehtonen stopped 36 shots and was 2-2 in the shootout. Loui Eriksson and one goal, one assist and scored in the shootout. Michael Ryder also scored for the Stars and Jamie Benn tallied in the shootout.

With the point, the Flames pulled to within three points of eighth-seeded San Jose, but the Sharks have two games in hand.

First period

The Flames outshot the Stars 13-9 in the period. Both goaltenders had big saves. Kari Lehtonen had a series of stops during a scramble in front of this net. Miikka Kiprusoff made a nice save on a point blank chance by Mike Ribeiro.

Calgary had the only two power plays of the periods, had three shots but couldn’t cash in.

Stars forward Steve Ott and Calgary’s Curtis Glencross dropped the gloves in the period.

Second period

The Flames opened the scoring at 7:18 of the second period. David Moss centered the puck from behind the goal line and Curtis Glencross slipped it past Kari Lehtonen to give Calgary a 1-0 lead.

Calgary went on its third power play of the game at the 13:19 mark, but the Stars struck shorthanded to tie the game. Loui Eriksson made a slick move to slip by Flames forward Alex Tanguay and then beat Miikka Kiprusoff with a backhand shot to tie the game 1-1 at 14:59 of the second.

Just moments after Lehtonen stopped Tim Jackman on a breakaway to keep it a tie game, the Stars went on their first power play of the evening and cashed in to take a 2-1 lead. Mike Ribeiro carried the puck into the Calgary zone, dished it off to Eriksson and he sent it to the front of the net, where Michael Ryder scored off the rebound of his own shot with 1:34 left in the period.

Third period

The Stars went on their second power play five minutes into the third, but couldn’t take advantage and extend their lead.

Just after killing off the power play, the Flames tied the game at 2-2. After a Stars turnover in their own end, Tanguay put a shot on net and Mike Cammalleri slipped the rebound to Jarome Iginla, who put the puck into the open side of the net at the 8:00 minute mark of the period.

Both goalies came up with big saves to keep it tied and send it into overtime. Lehtonen stopped Olli Jokinen’s point blank bid and Kiprusoff made a nice pad stop on Alex Goligoski blast from the slot late in the game.


The Stars went on a power play 2:11 into overtime when Cammalleri hooked Ryder as he tried to put a rebound into the open side of the net. The Stars had some good chances, but Kiprusoff made a glove save on a blast from Sheldon Souray and then stopped a shot by Ryder from the left circle just as the power play was expiring.

In the shootout, Jamie Benn and Eriksson scored for the Stars. Lehtonen stopped Jokinen and Tanguay.

Stars lineup



Lehtonen (starter)

Scratched: Pardy
Injured: Petersen (personal), Dowell (finger), Morrow (neck/back)

Stars' road streak ends in Calgary

January, 21, 2011

The Dallas Stars’ road winning streak ended at eight games Friday night. The Calgary Flames beat the Stars 7-4, handing the Dallas its first road loss since December 11. The Stars also saw a five-game winning streak snapped and an eight-game points streak come to a halt. It was a rough night for goaltender Andrew Raycroft, who gave up seven goals on 19 shots. Brenden Morrow, Brad Richards, Nicklas Grossman and James Neal scored goals for the Stars. Mike Ribeiro had three assists.


“It was one of those games where you couldn’t make a mistake. Andrew Raycroft - who has been sensational this year - had a tough night. You throw that one out. There’s not much more you can do than that.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

“We’ve just got to get by it and look to the big game coming up on Monday. It was a good streak. We played a lot of good games, pulled some stuff out but it just wasn’t meant to be tonight.” – Stars center Brad Richards


*Friday’s loss was the Stars’ first in regulation since December 31 vs. Vancouver.

*Friday’s loss was their first on the road since December 11 at Phoenix.

*The seven goals against tied a season-high for the Stars. They allowed seven goals one other time this season (December 29 vs. Detroit).

*The Stars are now 18-2-0 when scoring four goals or more this season.

*Mike Ribeiro had three assists to run his points streak to 11 games (4 goals, 11 assists).

*Ribeiro is the first Star to register points in 11 straight games since Mike Modano did it from February 23 to March 15, 2000

*Jamie Benn picked up an assist to run his points streak to six games (4 goals, 5 assists).

*James Neal has seven goals in his last nine games.

Stars lineup

Ott- Burish-Langenbrunner


Lehtonen (backup)

Scratches: None

Injured: Eriksson (flu), Woywitka (upper body), Sutherby (lower body), Petersen (leg)

Power play units


Penalty kill units


First period

The Flames opened the scoring at 3:40 of the first period. Brendan Morrison got the rebound of his own shot and set up Alex Tanguay, who scored into the open side of the net from close range to give the Flames a 1-0 lead.

The Stars tied the game just under five minutes later. Mike Ribeiro sent a pass from behind the Calgary net to Brenden Morrow, who scored from the bottom of the left circle at the 8:34 mark.

The Stars made it a 2-1 game when Brad Richards carried the puck into the Calgary zone on an odd-man rush and roofed a shot over Calgary goalie Henrik Karlsson’s shoulder from the right circle at 12:12 of the first.

The Flames tied the game with 4:50 left in the period. After the Stars won a faceoff in the Calgary zone, the Flames got the puck back and Olli Jokinen scored off the rush, beating Andrew Raycroft with a wrist shot from the right circle.

Both teams had seven shots in the period and there were no penalties.

The Stars were without Loui Eriksson (flu), Jeff Woywitka (upper body) and Brian Sutherby (lower body). Matt Niskanen, Aaron Gagnon and Francis Wathier were all in for the Stars.

Second period

The Stars played a strong first half of the second period and created some good chances. Brenden Morrow hit a post with the Stars on their first power play. Later in the period Flames goalie Henrik Karlsson made a nice stop on a Morrow redirection of a nice setup by Mike Ribeiro.

But the Flames scored on their second shot of the period at the 11:51 mark to take a 3-2 lead in the game. Tim Jackman skated down the right wing, put a puck on net and Mikael Backlund tipped it into the net.

The Flames then scored on their fourth and fifth shots of the period to make it a 5-2 game. Those goals came 56 seconds apart.

During a scramble for a puck in the right circle, David Moss put the puck on net and it slipped by Stars goalie Andrew Raycroft at the 17:10 mark to make it 4-2.

Brenden Morrison scored on a two-on-one rush at 18:06 and the Flames had a 5-2 lead.

But the Stars bounced back with a goal in the final minute to pull to within two goals. A Nicklas Grossman shot from the point got by Karlsson with 48 seconds remaining.

Third period

The Stars made it a 5-4 game just 31 seconds into the third period when the Flames turned the puck over in their own zone, Jamie Langenbrunner hit the post and James Neal scored on the rebound.

But the Flames extended the lead to 6-4 at the 4:20 mark when Trevor Daley lost control of the puck, Jarome Iginla grabbed it, drove the net and put it past Andrew Raycroft to make it 6-4.

The Flames got their first power play of the game at 12:03 of the third and scored nine seconds into it when David Moss tallied off a rebound to make it a 7-4 game.

Stars-Flames thoughts

December, 24, 2010
Some thoughts after the Dallas Stars lost 3-2 to the Calgary Flames in a shootout Thursday night.

*I guess the Stars were due for a clunker. This was a clunker. Still, thanks to some great netminding by Kari Lehtonen, a power play goal and a nice play by the second line, they were less than two minutes away from a regulation win. Even though they didn’t play well, they were in position to win and in the end still got a point out of it.

*The point lifted them into a tie for first in the Western Conference with Detroit, which lost in regulation to St. Louis. Being in that spot as the league breaks for Christmas is impressive.

*Full marks to the Flames. They were a desperate team and played a heck of a game. They were a tough nut to crack the first two periods and limiting the Stars to just six shots on goal through 40 minutes was impressive. Calgary deserved the two points in this game.

*The Stars have been winning a lot of these tight games lately by getting the timely goal and big play at the right time. They didn’t get that on this night. Calgary did from Alex Tanguay, who scored the game-tying goal with 1:21 left in regulation and then scored the only goal in the shootout.

*Lehtonen was great. He was a key reason the Stars got a point out of this game. He was very good in the first two periods and he made some great stops in the third period when the Flames were really pressing for the equalizer.

*Obviously, one of the highlights of the night was the Jamie Benn-Jarome Iginla fight. Benn got in some good shots early and bloodied Iginla.

*Here’s a quote from Stars coach Marc Crawford on Benn: “He just announces his presence and he announces that he’s not only a good player, but a tough and honest competitor. Give Jarome a lot of credit. He stood up for his teammate. … Jamie, it probably took a lot out of him. That was a long, long battle. We didn’t use Jamie on the penalty kill much after that. We knew that altercation took a lot of energy out of both players. From that standpoint, I thought it was one of the highlights of the game. I’m sure you’ll see it on the hockey shows tomorrow. Jamie just keeps playing well and shows you another dimension that he has.”

*Overall, this wasn’t the result or the effort the Stars were looking for going into the break, but it’s just one game. They’re still on a pretty impressive run when it comes to points. They are 11-2-3 over the last 16 games and they still have points in 13 straight at home (10-0-3). The points are important. Regulation losses are how you fall in the standings or lose ground when you are chasing somebody. And the Stars just aren’t doing much of that these days. And that’s good. That’s why they are where they are right now.

Stars fall flat against Flames

December, 23, 2010

It wasn’t the way the Dallas Stars wanted to head into the two-day Christmas break. The Stars got a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center, but they were outplayed for most of the game.

“We were disappointed with the way we played tonight,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “It wasn’t anywhere close to the type of game we’ve come to expect from ourselves. On a positive side - and I know you don’t get to see it - our guys were disappointed after the game. From an organizational standpoint that’s what we’d expect from them. We’d be disappointed if they didn’t have a huge amount of disappointment in how they played.”

Calgary’s Alex Tanguay scored with 1:21 left in regulation to tie the game and then scored the lone goal of the shootout for the Flames, who snapped a three-game losing streak and snapped a three-game winning streak for the Stars.

“It was not the effort we wanted,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “We were a minute or two from winning it, but we lost some coverage there and they capitalized. It’s pretty disappointing. We had a good run going and we would like to finish it on a high note for Christmas. It will give us something to think about and be hungry when we get back.”

The Stars were outshot in the game 33-16, including 10-2 in the second period. By the midway point of the game they had just five shots on goal. Still they were tied 1-1 at that point thanks to a power play goal by Mike Ribeiro.

“The first two periods we weren’t involved enough,” said Ribeiro who also had an assist in the game. “We didn’t play the way we wanted and we knew those guys were coming hard.”

The Flames did come hard after the Stars took a 2-1 lead 2:41 into the third period. Jamie Benn stole the puck in the Calgary zone, set up a shot by Ribeiro and Morrow scored on the rebound.

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen held the fort for most of the rest of the third period, coming up with several superb saves to keep his team ahead by one goal. But just after the Flames pulled goalie Miikka Kiprusoff for the extra attacker, Tanguay got behind the Stars defense and beat Lehtonen with a wrist shot with just 1:21 remaining to force overtime. Tanguay then scored the only goal in the shootout, freezing Lehtonen with a fake and then scoring blocker side.

By getting to overtime the Stars now have points in 14 of their last 16 games (11-2-3) and the point they picked up Thursday’s game - coupled with a Detroit loss Thursday - moved them into a tie for the Western Conference lead with the Red Wings. That was a positive the Stars could hang their hat on as they headed off on the two day break.

“On the bright side we got a point. On the other bright side, if you said at the start of the season that we’d be tied for first place in the Western Conference going into the Christmas break we’d all be pretty happy,” said Crawford. “We should be pretty happy. “

Stars-Flames Notes

December, 23, 2010
Game summary: Calgary 3, Dallas (SO)

The Dallas Stars fell 3-2 in a shootout to the Calgary Flames on Thursday night at American Airlines Center. Alex Tanguay scored with 1:21 left in regulation to tie the game for the Flames and then scored the only goal of the shootout. Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow scored for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves. The Stars, who have picked up points in 14 of their last 16 games (11-2-3) moved into a tie with Detroit for first place in the Western Conference.


* The Stars have points in 13 straight home games (10-0-3).

*The Stars are 14-2-4 in games decided by one goal this season.

*The Stars are 8-4 in games decided beyond regulation. They are 4-3 in games settled in shootouts and 4-1 in games decided in overtime.

*The Stars had 16 shots in the game. It’s the second straight game they’ve been held under 20 shots and the third time in the last five games.

*The Stars were 1-3 on the power play in the game. They have now scored on the PP in seven straight games and are 8-29 (27.6%) during that stretch.

*Brenden Morrow’s goal was his fourth in the last five games.

*Loui Eriksson had an assist in the game and ran his points streak to five games (3 goals, 6 assists).

*Brad Richards picked up an assist in the game, running his points streak to five games (4 goals, 2 assists).

Stars lineup



Raycroft (backup)

Scratches: Sutherby
Injured: Skrastins (quad contusion)

Power play units


Penalty kill units