Dallas Stars: Miikka Kiprusoff
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.
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.
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.
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.
Injured: Dvorak (ankle), Fistric (abdominal strain)
Scratched: Wandell, Petersen, Jordie Benn, R. Smith
“Tonight our start got us a 2-0 lead and our goalie did the rest,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said.
Jamie Benn and Michael Ryder scored goals in the first 7:17 and Lehtonen made sure the Flames could never catch up, stopping 35 of 36 shots.
“I can’t say much more (about Lehtonen). We keep talking about elite,” Gulutzan said.” Just hope it keeps going."
The win pushed the Stars into first place in the Pacific Division and third place in the Western Conference, but whether they’ll be there at the end of the night depends on the rest of Saturday’s games.
It was a huge loss for the 11th place Flames, who fell four points behind the Stars and saw their winless streak hit five games (0-2-3) despite outshooting Dallas, 36-20.
“Well, the first five minutes or so we were standing and watching. We weren’t moving our feet. Then we got going and we played a pretty darn good hockey game after that,” Flames coach Brent Sutter said. “We didn’t give them much, hardly any shots at all. Their goaltender definitely was first star tonight, no question about that.”
Lehtonen, who picked up an assist in the game as well, was particularly impressive in the second and third periods, stopping all 29 shots he faced as the Stars held onto a 2-1 lead until the final minutes when they were finally able to add a couple of goals.
“That was fun. I felt I haven’t been my best the last three games, so it was nice to be able to help out and get some good saves,” Lehtonen said. “It’s just great to get two points.”
Lehtonen got all the goal support he would need early in the game. Benn scored on a wrap-around 1:37 into the game to put the Stars up 1-0. Michael Ryder made it a 2-0, taking a pass from Mike Ribeiro and firing a shot from the right circle past Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
“[The strong start] was huge,” Benn said. “That’s something we want to do, we want to see if teams are ready. We learned our lesson against Chicago when they came out and gave it to us in the first couple minutes. That’s what we want to do to teams.”
The Flames’ Mike Cammalleri scored off a one-timer from the right circle at 12:27 of the first to make it a 2-1 game.
After that it was the Kari Lehtonen Show. At one point the shots over the final two periods were 26-9 in favor of Calgary, but the Flames couldn’t get another puck past Lehtonen.
“His level is rising in important games,” Gulutzan said of Lehtonen. “They threw a lot of bodies at him, but he’s a big guy and he fights through it.”
Benn sealed the win for the Stars, scoring his second of the night with 3:33 left in regulation. Steve Ott sent a cross-ice pass to Benn, who beat Kiprusoff with a blast from the right circle.
Stars captain Brenden Morrow round scored into an empty net with 1:28 remaining to make it a 4-1 final.
The two teams will meet again Monday night in Calgary.
*The Stars honored former defenseman Karlis Skrastins prior to Saturday’s game. Skrastins was killed when the plane carrying his KHL team crashed in Russia last September. A framed set that included an autographed Skrastins jersey, photo and puck raised $2,750 at silent auction held during the game.
*The Stars were 4-4 on the penalty kill in the game and are now 51-54 (94.4 percent) on the PK over their last 16 games.
*Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen has a two-game points streak, picking up assists in each of the last two games. The last Dallas goalie to pick up assists in consecutive games was Marty Turco in November 2007.
*Jake Dowell, Toby Petersen, Ryan Garbutt and Jordie Benn were healthy scratches for Dallas.
*Stars defenseman Mark Fistric missed his second straight game with an abdominal strain.
*Saturday’s attendance was 17,238.
The Dallas Stars continue their to rack up the points Sunday night, defeating the Calgary Flames 3-2 in a shootout to run their points streak to seven games (6-0-1).
The two points pushed the Stars, who are 7-1-2 over their last ten games, two points ahead of San Jose and into seventh place in the Western Conference. They also tied Pacific Division leading Phoenix at 75 points, but the Coyotes still hold the division lead due to having played one fewer lead. If, however, the Coyotes lose in regulation Monday night at Pittsburgh, the Stars would move into first in the division and third overall in the West.
“Every point is important,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “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.”
The Stars got another big game for goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 36 of 38 shots and was 2-2 in the shootout. Lehtonen is 5-0-1 in his last six starts with a 1.45 goals against average and .948 save percentage.
“I thought that between (Lehtonen) and Loui Eriksson, they were the two best players on the ice for us,” said Gulutzan. “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.”
Eriksson had a goal, an assist and tallied in the shootout as well for the Stars, who won their fourth straight road game and improved to 5-1-2 in their last eight games away from home.
“We know how big these points are and today we got two more valuable points,” Eriksson said. “We know Calgary is behind us and it we needed a big win today. We got it.”
Special teams were huge for the Stars on this night. After falling behind 1-0, they tied the game with a shorthanded goal by Eriksson, took the lead on a power play goal by Michael Ryder, and the penalty kill was 3-3 in the game.
“That’s been an emphasis for us down the stretch,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “With 16 games left you have to have good specialty teams. Paul Jerrard has done a real good job with our PK.”
After a scoreless first period, the Flames opened the scoring at 7:18 of the second period. Curtis Glencross banged home a centering pass from David Moss.
The Flames had a chance to extend their lead when they went on their third power play later in the period, but the Stars scored to tie the game. Eriksson skated into the Flames zone one-on-one against Flames forward Alex Tanguay, slipped by him and then backhanded the puck past Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff at the 14:59 mark.
“The momentum changer in the second period was the shorthanded goal,” said Flames coach Brent Sutter. “Their shorthanded goal changed momentum and put us on our heels for a bit.”
The Flames came close to taking the lead with just over two minutes left in the period, but the Lehtonen stopped Tim Jackman on a breakaway and then the Flames were called for too many men on the ice, giving the Stars their first power play of the game.
Off the rush, Mike Ribeiro slipped the puck to Eriksson, who set up Ryder in front of the net and Ryder scored on the rebound of his own shot to give Dallas a 2-1 lead with 1:34 left in the second.
Calgary tied the game on a Jarome Iginla goal at the 8:00 mark of the third and Lehtonen came up big again late in the period, stopping a point blank bid by Jokinen to help get the game to overtime.
The Stars couldn’t cash in on an overtime power play, but Jamie Benn and Eriksson scored in the shootout and Lehtonen stopped Jokinen and Alex Tanguay to help the Stars secure the extra point.
“It’s always nice to get the extra point,” said Eriksson. “Benner had a great move and I tried the five-hole thing and it worked today.”
Added Lehtonen: “I had a rough shootout against Pittsburgh, so it was a little redemption for me. It’s going to be a little bit easier going into the next one. I tried to do little tweaks and it seemed to work today. It also helped that both our guys scored.”
The Flames, who are three points behind eighth-seeded San Jose and five points behind the Stars, fell to 1-3-3 over their last seven games. They have lost three shootouts during that seven-game stretch.
"It hasn't been easy losing those shootout games," Iginla said. "I honestly do feel they can go either way. We need to keep going, moving forward and work on getting the next game."
*The Stars are 5-4 in shootouts this season and 9-5 in games that have gone beyond regulation.
*Calgary is 3-7 in shootouts and 4-12 in games that have gone beyond regulation.
*The Stars were 3-3 on the penalty kill and are 20-21 (95.2%) over the last seven games.
*The Stars registered a season-high 40 shots on goal Sunday.
*Stars forward Michael Ryder has scored a goal in four straight games and has 10 in his last 15 games.
*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) in his last 13 games.
*Defenseman Adam Pardy was a healthy scratch for the Stars.
*Stars forward Toby Petersen missed the game due to his wife giving birth to the couple’s third child on Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Injured: Petersen (personal), Dowell (finger), Morrow (neck/back)
Adam Burish and Steve Ott also scored for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 of 27 shots.
The Stars lost forward Jamie Benn in the game. He appeared to get cut in the thigh by the skate of Flames defenseman Mark Giordano during a second period collision. An update on his status was expected after the game.
The Stars got the start they wanted, scoring 9:42 into the game to take a 1-0 lead.
Jake Dowell sent a pass from behind the Calgary net to Adam Burish, who chipped the puck over Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff from close range.
The Flames tied the game with 53 seconds left in the period as Jarome Iginla finished off a two-on-one chance.
Shots were even in the period at nine each and there were no penalties through the first 20 minutes.
The Stars lost forward Jamie Benn in the second period after he collided with Flames defenseman Mark Giordano along the boards. Giordano’s skate appeared to catch Benn in the thigh. The Stars said Benn would not return to the game with a lower body injury.
The two teams traded power-play chances late in the period and the Stars scored on theirs to take a 2-1 lead. After taking a pass from Mike Ribeiro, Steve Ott score off a blast from the top of the right circle with 2:17 left in the period.
Stars defenseman Mark Fistric and Flames forward Tim Jackman dropped the gloves in the period and both picked up double minors for roughing.
Kiprusoff kept the Flames close, making a nice stop on Tom Wandell early in the period and then denying Loui Eriksson on a breakaway.
The Flames got their second power play of the game with 9:27 remaining, but Lehtonen came up with a huge save on Olli Jokinen’s rebound attempt to keep Calgary from cashing in on the chance.
But the Flames got another power play right after that one expired when Steve Ott was called for charging. The Stars were able to kill it off, but seconds after they returned to even strength, the Flames scored to tie the game. Jay Bouwmeester sent a cross ice pass to Mike Cammalleri, who scored into the open side of the net with 5:03 remaining.
The Stars won it with 2:59 left overtime when Mike Ribeiro made a behind-the-back move with the puck to shake a defender, moved into the slot and fired a puck past Kiprusoff from the slot.
Injured: Souray (foot), Morrow (neck/shoulder)
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. “
It gives Calgary a chance to possibly finish off the period with a two-goal lead. Those were big-time saves.
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