Flames top Stars 4-3 in shootout

March, 9, 2011
3/09/11
8:48
PM CT
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.

Quotable

“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

Notes

*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.

First period

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.

Second period

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.

Third period

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.

Overtime/shootout

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

Stars lineup

Eriksson-Richards-Vincour
Morrow-Ribeiro-Burish
Petersen-Benn-Langenbrunner
Ott-Wandell-Williams
Wandell-Richards-Eriksson
Morrow-Ribeiro-Benn
Williams-Benn-Vincour
Ott-Burish-Langenbrunner

Goligoski-Robidas
Woywitka-Daley
Skrastins-Fistric

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Scratched: Barch, Sutherby

Injured: Grossman (hip)

Power play units

Morrow-Ribeiro-Eriksson-Richards-Robidas
Ott-Benn-Langenbrunner-Goligoski-Daley

Penalty kill units

Ott-Benn-Skrastins-Fistric
Ott-Benn-Skrastins-Goligoski
Wandell-Eriksson-Skrastins-Goligoski

Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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